Wednesday, April 23, 2008

KU reveals two-deep

Spring practices help depth chart shake out


Kansas University's football team released its post-spring depth chart on Tuesday, the last hint of where players stand until preseason practices start in August.

Among the notable listings:

¢ Freshman Jeff Spikes is atop the depth chart at left tackle, while senior Matt Darton is first team at right tackle.

¢ The first-team wide receivers are senior Dexton Fields, junior Kerry Meier and sophomores Dezmon Briscoe and Johnathan Wilson.

¢ Justin Thornton, who missed the spring due to an ankle injury, is atop the depth chart at free safety. Returning starter Patrick Resby isn't listed on the two-deep.

¢ Darrell Stuckey is atop the depth chart at strong safety.

¢ Todd Haselhorst and Caleb Blakesley are listed as first-teamers at defensive tackle, with Richard Johnson Jr. and Jamal Greene at second team.

Because of their new style of offense, the Jayhawks now list four receivers and don't list a fullback. Special teams weren't included in the depth chart.



LT: Jeff Spikes, 6-6, 314, Fr.; Ian Wolfe, 6-5, 283, So.

LG: Adrian Mayes, 6-3, 305, Sr.; Jeremiah Hatch, 6-3, 311, Fr.

C: Ryan Cantrell, 6-3, 295, Sr.; Sal Capra, 6-3, 290, So.

RG: Chet Hartley, 6-4, 310, Sr.; Carl Wilson, 6-4, 286, So.

RT: Matt Darton, 6-6, 310, Sr.; Nathan D'Cunha, 6-6, 307, Jr.

TE: Bradley Dedeaux, 6-3, 249, So.; Nick Plato, 6-6, 228, Fr.

WR: Johnathan Wilson, 6-3, 187, So.; Rod Harris Jr., 6-2, 200, So.

WR: Dexton Fields, 6-0, 204, Sr.; Tertavian Ingram, 6-0, 195, So.

WR: Dezmon Briscoe, 6-3, 200, So.; Marcus Herford, 6-3, 208, Sr.

WR: Kerry Meier, 6-3, 220, Jr.; Gary Green, 5-9, 175, Sr.

QB: Todd Reesing, 5-11, 200, Jr.; Kerry Meier, 6-3, 220, Jr.

RB: Jake Sharp, 5-10, 190, Jr.; Angus Quigley, 6-2, 222, Jr.


LE: Russell Brorsen, 6-4, 240, Sr.; Jake Laptad, 6-4, 237, So.

DT: Caleb Blakesley, 6-5, 290, Jr.; Richard Johnson Jr., 6-2, 279, Fr.

NG: Todd Haselhorst, 6-4, 290, Sr.; Jamal Greene, 6-4, 301, So.

RE: John Larson, 6-3, 250, Sr.; Maxwell Onyegbule, 6-5, 251, Jr.

SLB: James Holt, 6-3, 222, Sr.; Arist Wright, 6-0, 220 Jr.

MLB: Joe Mortensen, 6-1, 250, Sr.; Justin Springer, 6-4, 232, So.

WLB: Mike Rivera, 6-3, 255, Sr.; Jake Schermer, 6-2, 220, Jr.

CB: Kendrick Harper, 5-9, 190, Sr.; Isiah Barfield, 6-0, 175, Fr.

SS: Darrell Stuckey, 6-1, 205, Jr.; Olaitan Oguntodu, 6-0, 220, So.

FS: Justin Thornton, 6-1, 202, Jr.; Phillip Strozier, 6-0, 196, So.

CB: Chris Harris, 6-0, 180, So.; Anthony Webb, 6-0, 185, Jr.


NH_JHawk 12 years, 9 months ago

I agree, total tease. No list and no explanation of what happened to Resby? Good? Bad?

Dyrk Dugan 12 years, 9 months ago

Maybe KU's website will have it later in the day. If it's been "revealed," then the LJW has decided on its own to not print the information. Maybe they've decided since the NCAA title and all the excitement in hoops, we can't handle information overload....tee he.

Ben Kane 12 years, 9 months ago

can we see the list? Who is number two at tailback?

Ben Kane 12 years, 9 months ago

It kills me that it's "been released" but all we can do is read an article summing it up. Perhaps we are deemed not intelligent enough to peruse such information on our own accord.

justanotherfan 12 years, 9 months ago

I'm guessing that the depth chart is just that, a list of names. The absences are noticeable, but probably haven't been explained to anyone outside the football offices.

Kevin Long 12 years, 9 months ago

I agree KU! What did happen to Resby? I thought he was one of the best young players on the team last year.

TheChyna 12 years, 9 months ago

Who is the third string strong safety? This is an outrage. I am outraged.

hawk_4237 12 years, 9 months ago

Is Kerry Meier #1 WR and #2 QB? When does LJWorld release the info to us all?

rolo2383 12 years, 9 months ago

I would like to see a complete depth chart but I'm not too upset about not seeing it. The depth chart this fall is the most important one. We still have freshmen coming in who could crack the two deep. I want to see Darius Parish and where he's going to end up. A guy his size has a shot at immediate playing time.

Dyrk Dugan 12 years, 9 months ago

and the depth chart listed....from Nov. 2007....doesn't mean anything anymore. Shoot, that should have been taken down after the Va. Tech game. Hello????!!!??! Anyone home???????

Ryan Wood 12 years, 9 months ago

Sorry about that guys. It's there now.

rolo2383 12 years, 9 months ago

I hope that's a misprint on Mike Rivera's weight. I hope he doesn't weigh 225 lbs.

justanotherfan 12 years, 9 months ago

Ah, the chart. Notably, none of the newcomers that are yet to enroll (Jocques Crawford and others) are listed.I'm a little uncomfortable with Kerry Meier being a #1 receiver and the #2 QB. If he gets dinged up as a WR, we have no real backup. That makes me a little skittish, especially since it is rare in college football to have one QB go the entire season without getting banged up at least once or twice. I'm also surprised Herford didn't crack the #1 receiver line. My guess is that since we have a lot of good receivers on the roster, Meier will not be in as many WR sets if he truly is our #2 QB. This isn't a knock on his ability as a receiver, because at times last year he was our best WR option, but more a concern that taking hits downfield may hurt his ability to come in at QB if the need arises. Since Kale Pick is coming off an injury that cost him his entire senior season, I doubt he will be ready to do much this fall, other than run the scout team and redshirt to get back to full speed.

Kevin Long 12 years, 9 months ago

I really like the defensive lineup. Those linebackers will be the anchor of the D. Great leadership and exp. Still what about Resby!?

Ben Kane 12 years, 9 months ago

WOHOO! Complaining on the board does some good. Thanks LJW for putting it up.

okjhok 12 years, 9 months ago

Reesing made first string!! Looks like he won't have to battle Meier this fall...

KUFan90 12 years, 9 months ago

I know I'm getting ahead of myself here, but next year could be ugly with 7 of 11 defensive starters being seniors, and 4 of our 5 offensive line.

JBurtin 12 years, 9 months ago

justanotherfan, I actually think Meier will be in a lot at receiver. It's a big risk that both of those guys could go down at the same time, but Meier was the guy that made the catches last year when nobody else was. When we put a solid possession guy out there to make a first down or two for us it was usually contagious and other guys would start making their catches as well.You hate to have to take risks like that, but we just can't afford to lose games like the Baylor game in '06 due to wide open receivers that can't make the catch. There are some great young receivers on this team, but none that have shown the sheer will to win that Meier has. Plus, with the great hands of Derrick Fine gone, we're going to need him more than ever.

stravinsky 12 years, 9 months ago

Since when is Todd Reesing 5'11"? I'm all for him having as big of growth spurts as possible, but soooomehow... I doubt it.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 9 months ago

The team has Cale Pick and Tyler Lawrence, Meier won't be as important at back-up QB, and he's needed more at TE/WR ...

okjhok 12 years, 9 months ago

7, I think you also stated exactly why Meier is important as the backup, unless Pick has an extremely high learning curve.

troutsee 12 years, 9 months ago

Meier will be best used at receiver. He is a great athlete and catches the ball. We have another QB out of the St. Louis area, Steward or Stewart. He looks like a prototype QB and can throw the ball.We'll play a lot of guys this year so that we will have experience going into next year....not as much experience as this year, of course but we'll be okay.

prairie_dog 12 years, 9 months ago

Exactly, don't forget AJ Steward at QB3. He did a decent job in the spring game and is a terrific athlete. He would probably be OK at QB in a real pinch (Reesing down, Kerry down). Not a comfortable situation though. That will always be true with Kerry; he's good at everything and would would be a huge loss if he goes down.I'm not worried about all the seniors on our team this year. This is the first year Buddha really has had seniors who could hold their jobs vs. the better talent he has been recruiting. It is a sign of maturity, AND IT IS A SIGN OF JUST HOW TOUGH AND EXPERIENCED WE WILL BE THIS YEAR. WE WILL BE A TOUGH OUT FOR ALL COMERS, INCLUDING OU.

CasperCorps 12 years, 9 months ago

Nice, look at all the seniors on defense.. Hope the new D coordinator took a lot of notes from the old one. Can't wait till the season starts. Rockem Hawks!!

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