By Michael McAllister
Syracuse released its post-spring depth chart on Wednesday, with few surprises. Normal starters like Justin Pugh, Alec Lemon, Marquis Spruill, Keon Lyn, and others, are not listed as current starters due to injury.
Your starting quarterback is Ryan Nassib, with Charley Loeb as the primary backup. John Kinder is the third string quarterback, and could challenge Loeb in the fall. Terrell Hunt, who many feel may be the future at the position, is fourth.
The starting running back right now is Jerome Smith, with Prince-Tyson Gulley backing him up. Smith has received praise from Marrone for having a great spring, and has looked very good in the two opportunities we've had to see him. It should be noted that Adonis Ameen-Moore is hurt, and could push for playing time int he fall. Ashton Broyld, who the staff is very high on as a versatile playmaker, is third on the depth chart. Incoming freshmen George Morris and DeVante McFarlane are both talented, and could push for playing time as well. The running back position is extremely loaded, and could be the deepest position on the team.
The offensive line lists Kristofer Curtis, Zach Chibane, Macky MacPherson, Ivan Foy, and Lou Alexander as the current starters. Pugh will be a definite starter in place of Curtis when healthy. Injured offensive linemen Rob Trudo and Sean Hickey could push for playing time as well.
At wide receiver, Marcus Sales and Jeremiah Kobena are the current starts. Adrian Flemming and Keenan Hale are the backups. Jarrod West and Alec Lemon are currently injured, and will see playing time in the fall when healthy. West is expected to take a jump in production, and provides Nassib and a big target. At tight end, Beckett Wales is the starter, with David Stevens and Max Beaulieu as the backups. Incoming freshmen Ron Thompson and Josh Parris look to be factors as well. Both have a lot of athletic ability and huge upside.
The defensive line sees Donnie Simmons currently listed as a started at defensive end along with Brandon Sharpe. Deon Goggins and Robert Welsh are backing them up. Expect the junior college transfers, especially Markus Pierce-Brewster, to really push the starters in the fall. Pierce-Brewster could even crack the starting lineup when all is said and done. At defensive tackle. Cory Boatman and Jay Bromely are the starters, with Eric Crume and Ryan Sloan backing them up.
The linebackers are talented and fast, although on the small side. Dyshawn Davis and Dan Vaughan return as starters on the outside. Right now, Siriki Diabate is the starter in the middle. Once Marquis Spruill returns, he will move into that spot. Cameron Lynch, Lewellyn Coker, and Dom Anene are capable backups.
In the secondary, Brandon Reddish has really shined in Keon Lyn's absence. He starts at one corner spot while Ri'Shar Anderson fills in the other. Jeremi Wilkes and Shamarko Thomas start at safety, with talented youngsters Durell Eskridge and Ritchy Desir behind them. Jaston George and Joe Nassib are the primary backups at corner for the time being. Upon Lyn's return from injury, he and Reddish will fight it out for the starting corner spot. Most likely, Lyn will win that battle as the incumbent starter, and Reddish will move to the slot.
On special teams, Ross Krautman is the kicker, while Jonathan Fisher is the primary punter. Jeremiah Kobena and Brandon Reddish are the kick returners, while Steve Rene is the punt returner.
This depth chart is not close to what it will look like when the season starts, as incoming players from the 2012 recruiting class are not factored in and injured players will heal. But it gives a glimpse into who has performed well while the doors have been shut. You can view the depth chart in its entirety here