Jerry Kill released his week 1 depth chart and here it is for your consumption with some notes to follow.
|First Team||Second Team|
|LT||Ed Olson||SO||Marek Lenkiewicz||rFR|
|LG||Chris Bunders||SR||Tommy Olson||FR|
|C||Ryan Wynn||SR||Zach Mottla||SO|
|RG||Ryan Orton||SR||Zac Epping||rFR|
|RT||Jimmy Gjere||rFR||Sean Fergeson||rFR|
|QB||MarQueis Gray||JR||Max Shortell||FR|
|RB||Duane Bennett||SR||Lamonte Edwards||rFR|
|H-Back||Eric Lair||SR||Mike Henry||SO|
|TE-Y||Collin McGarry||JR||John Rabe||JR|
|WR-X||Da'Jon McKnight||SR||Victor Keise||SO|
|WR-Z||Malcolm Moulton||SO||Marcus Jones||FR|
|WR-V||Malcolm Moulton||SO||Marcus Jones||FR|
|DE||Ben Perry||rFR||Kendall Gregory-McGee||SO|
|DT||Anthony Jacobs||SR||Eric Jacques||rFR|
|Nose||Brandon Kirksey||SR||RaShede Hageman||SO|
|DE||D.L. Wilhite||JR||Leston Simpson||JR|
|OLB||Mike Rallis||JR||Spencer Reeves||JR|
|MLB||Gary Tinsley||SR||Brendan Beal||SO|
|OLB||Keanon Cooper||JR||Aaron Hill||SO|
|CB||Troy Stoudermire||SR||Michael Carter||JR|
|S||Kim Royston||SR||Christyn Lewis||SR|
|S||Shady Salamon||SR||James Manuel||SO|
|CB||Brock Vereen||SO||Kyle Henderson||JR|
There really are not a ton of surprises here. Shortell earned the 2nd string QB role, the offensive line is exactly what we expected and the linebackers are not changing. What may have been a slight mystery or surprise is that Moulton is the #2 receiver, Ben Perry will be starting at DE and the Minnesota safeties are officially the starters.
Remember when Ben Perry was signed and there were a lot of people believing it was a waste of a scholarship? He played some for maybe the highest profile program in Texas yet didn't earn a scholarship from anywhere except Minnesota. The assumption was Tim Brewster was wasting this scholarship to make inroads at Southlake Carroll, but Perry would never be a Big Ten player. He may still never be a decent Big Ten player but he earned a starting job over KGM, Matt Garin and Simpson as a freshman.
This team is more experienced than we've seen in a while with 2 redshirt freshmen starting but several other freshmen (true and redshirted) listed as second string. Interesting that we have eight freshmen on the offensive 2-deep. Better hope for a healthy offense!