The depth chart for Northwestern's week 3 game against Western Michigan is out, and there are only two tweaks, but I feel like they're modestly important.
First off, Venric Mark is now listed as co-starter next to Treyvon Green and Mike Trumpy. Of course, this at face value is incredibly disingenuous: Mark is the starter, Green has filled in admirably while Mark is injured, and Trumpy is probably best described as a third-down back. But it does tell us Mark ain't quite up to full speed yet. That's fine. We are, after all, playing Western Michigan this week. I'm very much okay with him sitting out a little bit and getting back up to full speed so that he can be the tiny, speedy, wriggly beast he was all last year for Big Ten play. We'll need him then, even if Green is doing fine. Although it does hurt his stats, and end our nonexistent MARKFAST campaign as quickly as Persastrong died.
OR MAYBE THIS?!?!?!!
#Northwestern's depth chart features Venric Mark OR Treyvon Green OR Mike Trumpy as starting tailback. Maybe they're running the wishbone?— Louie Vaccher (@WildcatReport) September 9, 2013
And Kyle Prater is back in the lineup! After being out for the first game and not on the second game's depth chart, he's listed as the backup X receiver after recording three catches against Syracuse. Obviously, it ain't KYLE PRATER, WORLD'S BEST WIDE RECEIVER, but at least he's contributing. Sadly for narrative lovers, he's behind Tony Jones, who has actually emerged as an incredibly talented receiver through the first two games, with 255 yards and two touchdowns, clearly Northwestern's feature dude. Prater ain't passing him there.
(Sr.)||13 Trevor Siemian (Jr.)|
|RB||5(Sr.) OR||32 Treyvon Green (Jr.)(Sr.) or 22|
|WR-X||6 Tony Jones (Jr.)||11 Kyle Prater (So.)|
(Sr.)||12 Cermak Bland (So)|
|WR-Z||17 Rashad Lawrence (Sr.)||19 Cameron Dickerson (So.)|
|WR-H||14(Jr.)||82 Andrew Scanlan (Fr.)|
|LG||53(So.)||73 Adam DePietro (Fr.)|
|C||65 Brandon Vitabile (Jr.)||57 Matt Frazier (So.)|
|RG||64 Ian Park (Fr.)||65 Hayden Baker (Jr.)|
|FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|DT||67(Jr.)||90 C.J. Robbins (So.)|
|DT||99 Chance Carter(Jr.)||90(Sr.)|
|DE||94(So.) OR||98 Deonte Gibson (So.)|
|SLB||45(Jr.)||42 Joseph Jones (Fr.)|
|MLB||46 Damien Proby (Sr.)||50 Timmy Vernon (Sr.) or 51 Jaylen Prater (Fr.)|
|WLB||44(Jr.)||55 Drew Smith (So.)|
|S||24 Ibraheim Campbell (Jr.)||16 Davion Fleming (Sr.) or 26 Terrance Brown (Fr.)|
|CB||2 Dwight White (Fr.)||27 Matthew Harris (Fr.)|
|FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|K (FG)||37 Jeff Budzien (Sr.)|
|KO||37 Jeff Budzien (Sr.)|
|PR||6(Jr.)||5 Venric Mark (Sr.)|
|KR||5(Sr.)||8 Stephen Buckley (Fr.)|