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Official Gopher Depth Chart for USC

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!