Depth chart reflects Saturday’s shake-ups

Indiana just released its depth chart for the week. It looks significantly different from last Monday’s but there aren’t many changes from the lineup that took the field on Saturday.

Freshmen Bernard Taylor, Collin Rahrig and Peyton Eckert are listed as starters at left guard, right guard and right tackle respectively after making their first starts on Saturday against South Carolina State. Junior Marc Damisch, redshirt freshman Cody Evers and senior Justin Pagan are listed as backups after being demoted.

Wide receiver Duwyce Wilson and tight end Ted Bolser are finally listed as starters at their respective positions. Both battled injuries for most of the preseason and neither had been on the depth chart the past two weeks despite the fact that they were healthy and playing. Wilson is the team’s second leading receiver and is only now seeing the depth chart. The three true freshmen — Cody Latimer, Shane Wynn and Jay McCants — are listed as backup receivers. Senior Dre Muhammad, though still the starting punt returner, is not listed on the wide receiver depth chart.

Redshirt freshman Matt Perez is still listed as the starting tailback, but true freshman D’Angelo Roberts is now listed at No. 2 after his 102-yard performance on Saturday.

There wasn’t much shakeup on the defense, but true freshman Mike Replogle, younger brother of Adam and Tyler, is now listed as the backup middle linebacker behind Jeff Thomas.

The rest of the depth chart follows.

OFFENSE
LT
72 Andrew McDonald, 6-6, 285, Sr./5th
74 Charlie Chapman, 6-6, 292, Jr./So.
LG
73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 278, Fr./Fr.
65 Marc Damisch, 6-7, 285, Sr./Jr.
C
60 Will Matte, 6-2, 282, Sr./Jr.
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 263, So./Fr.
RG
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 263, So./Fr.
76 Cody Evers, 6-4, 310, So./Fr.
RT
59 Peyton Eckert, 6-6, 295, Fr./Fr.
70 Justin Pagán, 6-5, 294, Sr./Sr.
WR
88 Damarlo Belcher, 6-5, 213, Sr./Sr.
3 Cody Latimer, 6-3, 208, Fr./Fr.
WR
13 Kofi Hughes, 6-2, 205, So./So.
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 153, Fr./Fr.
WR
81 Duwyce Wilson, 6-3, 196, Jr./So.
15 Jay McCants, 6-4, 205, Fr./Fr.
QB
7 Edward Wright-Baker, 6-1, 220, Jr./So.
8 Dusty Kiel, 6-2, 216, Jr./So.
RB
24 Matt Perez, 5-11, 230, So./Fr.
20 D’Angelo Roberts, 5-10, 187, Fr./Fr.
TE
83 Ted Bolser, 6-6, 245, Jr./So.
41 Max Dedmond, 6-5, 250, Sr./5th
DEFENSE
LE
44 Darius Johnson, 6-0, 243, Sr./5th
94 Javon Cornley, 6-5, 235, Jr./So.
DT
97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 305, Sr./Jr.
69 Mick Mentzer, 6-4, 305, Sr./Jr.
DT
98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 290, Jr./Jr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 291, Sr./Jr.
RE
93 Fred Jones, 6-4, 265, Sr./5th
25 Ryan Phillis, 6-3, 244, So./Fr.
WLB
39 Brandon McGhee, 6-1, 226, Sr./5th
31 Lee Rose, 6-1, 221, Sr./Jr.
MLB
53 Jeff Thomas, 6-1, 239, Sr./5th
46 Mike Replogle, 6-2, 221, Fr./Fr.
SLB
47 Chase Hoobler, 6-2, 232, So./Fr.
49 Griffen Dahlstrom, 6-3, 218, Jr./So.
LCB
9 Greg Heban, 6-1, 186, Jr./So.
2 Lenyatta Kiles, 5-11, 194, Sr./Sr.
FS
29 Chris Adkins, 6-1, 190, Sr./5th
37 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 202, Fr./Fr.
SS
30 Jarrell Drane, 6-2, 197, Sr./5th
10 Donnell Jones, 5-10, 209, Sr./5th
RCB
23 Lawrence Barnett, 5-10, 191, Jr./So.
17 Michael Hunter, 6-1, 170, Fr./Fr.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
16 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 174, Jr./So.
9 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Jr./So.
P
18 Adam Pines, 6-0, 184, Sr./Jr.
9 Mitchell Voss, 5-11, 177, Jr./So.
LS
91 Matt Dooley, 6-4, 251, Fr./Fr.
67 Zackary Young, 6-6, 267, Jr./Jr.
H
17 Teddy Schell, 6-5, 230, Sr./5th
18 Adam Pines, 6-0, 184, Sr./Jr.
KR
1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 153, Fr./Fr.
24 Matt Perez, 5-11, 230, So./Fr.
PR
82 Dre Muhammad, 5-10, 180, Sr./5th
23 Lawrence Barnett, 5-10, 191, Jr./So.

14 comments

  1. I guess I’m confused. I prented to understand the game like some others, but for a good majority of Saturday’s game Murphy, Jones and Drane where on the field at the same time. And they all started the game. Dustin, that seems like a shake-up to me. Based on current depth chart.

  2. The Monday depth chart is worthless as it just represents what happened in the last game…who started, who got injured, etc..So not sure it is noteworthy…For example, Houston dinged an ankle and why I think he is not listed as either #2 RB and KR.

    in terms of D, Jones is a starter as we always play at least 5 DBs and 6 many times with Jones and Murphy playing in LB slots and we play very few LB’s. of the 6 listed only Thomas played and real time at LB. McGhee, Rose and Hoobler played some special teams while Dahlstrom and Replogle did not even play in the game…same as Kiles BTW

  3. YouWillNeverKnow,
    Charles is correct. While Indiana’s base defense is a 4-3 and that is what the depth chart is based on, they obviously use a different lineup when they face spread offenses and lots of wide receivers. In that case, they use fewer linebackers and more defensive backs in order to combat the speed on the other side. South Carolina State used four receivers for most of the game, so the Hoosiers played almost entirely nickel (five defensive backs) and dime (six defensive backs) packages. So yes, at the start of the game, the Hoosiers had four safeties — Adkins, Drane, Jones and Murphy. They don’t make denotations on the depth chart to show for that, just as they don’t list a fullback for the occasions that they use the I-formation.
    It’s not extremely newsworthy, Charles, but it’s something to throw on the blog at 1:20 on a Monday when we’re still four hours away from the first media availability of the week. How much does it actually mean? Tough to tell, but it gives you some clue of where things stand.

  4. Dustin,
    RT is ewb’s blind side, we have multiple penalties on the O-line, and Pagan is #2? What is going on there? What is the mood around there? Are we seeing playing time used as a motivator, are we preparing depth, are we resting this early, or is there a problem?

    I’m all for giving the young guys their shot, and have stated so on the blog before and been called down for it, but this is wholesale.

    Thanks for all you do to keep us updated.

    Go Hooooooosiers!

  5. So far impressed with the improvement of the “D” backs this year. However, it seems quite clear Coach Wilson is not so pleased with the “O” line production. Also, would like to see the “D” line snag some sacks.

  6. Am I the only one who sees two true freshman and one redshirt freshman starting on the offensive line as a red flag?

    I’ll credit them for playing a good game against an FBS team in SCSU where their talents were probably on par with the defensive linemen they were facing, but come conference play time I’d be surprised if they can match up at all. We’ll learn more about their effectiveness this Saturday against North Texas, but if our run game struggles because these three are going against better athletes, I shudder to think what will happen when we face PSU, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa in consecutive weeks to start the season.

    The offensive line needs to breed familiarity, and the only way that happens is by playing together. Three games into the season and we’ve had a major shakeup with this group. That’s not a positive sign for our chances of having a winning season this year in my opinion. Long term it can be seen as a positive, especially if these three mature and develop over the course of their careers, but in the short term I see a very rocky road for our offense. Last Saturday’s game might be the last one this season that IU has a back gain over 100 yards.

  7. CAN SOME PLEASE TELL ME HOW A PLAYER CAN GO FROM BEING A STARTER TO NOT EVEN PLAYING. DRE MUHAMMAD IS ONE OF THE INDIANA BEST PLAY MAKERS, AND THEY TAKE HIM OFF THE WR DEPTH CHART. SOMETHING ELSE IS GOING ON THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PLAYER. EVERTHING I’VE HEARD HE IS ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING KIDS ON THE TEAM, HE IS NOT A TOUBLE MAKER. IU WANTS TO CHANGE? YEAH RIGHT. THATS JUST WRONG.

  8. There are so many changes in the offensive line again. No stability. Those players don’t know what to expect from week to week. They don’t know if they are playing or benched from one week to the next. We need some stability here to win games.

  9. Yes, we need stability but when your Seniors and Juniors did not get it done in the first 2
    games changes had to be made. Either the upper class men step up or Coach will play freshman who are our future. I thought the freshman did a good job making holes for our running backs and protecting our QB. They had a lot of penalties but six of those where by our 5th year Senior.

  10. The players in their practice performance determine who starts and plays. A simple action that outlines with no gray area what the players are to expect. I would also suspect the upperclassmen in question are learning the lesson of the need to bring good attitude and effort to every practice and every play. It appears to be the motto of this Coach and staff. This teaching tool will show up from time to time through the season at other positions. The ones who earn with effort will be named in the 2 deep on the coach’s depth chart.

  11. The sum of the comments is very interesting. DD noticed and gave us a valuable analysis of some very interesting pre-game and while the game is in progress adjustments, a huge improvement over previously rigid approaches. I wish, and encourage DD to include these either in the game report, in a sidebar or in his blog durinbg and immediately after the game. The changes make all kinds of sense and help us identify the players, their roles and what the staff is doing during the game. It definitely gives us an insight that helps our understanding.

    As to the comments (amazing how negative some people are by nature without ever wanting to understand what is going on- Waiting for Twins (he believes in seniority, not performance; Free World, Dre Muhammad’s aunt? (why the CAPITALS, we heard you); and the IUFan who misses the stability of 3-7 teams. The message from Coach Wilson could not be clearer…perform every day, every play, every down and be aware behind you there’s someone gaining on you.

    Couldn’t be clearer and those who do not understand the nature of competition will never understand the concept because they do not want to. Playing just isn’t a union benefit plan you get from the politicians. Thank God!

    Stability???? The suggestions is more like entitlement. Isn’t a decade of steady losing stable enough?

  12. I’m betting those kids have a better idea of what to expect than they have ever had. If you’re getting outperformed in practice, have a seat. Upperclassmen or not. Don’t work hard enough during the week, expect to get your butt kicked on Saturday. I don’t see how Coach could possibly be clearer. That’s stability. Stability is not outperforming another player but having to sit on the bench because the other guy is a senior. That’s stupidity. We’ve seen how that works.

  13. You are flat out wrong TsaoTsug about me and my attitude as to who should play. The offensive line is not about a single individual’s performance but collectively as a group. This unit requires familiarity and is something that should have been worked out in preseason camp. Wilson called out several of the same offensive linemen in the spring who started the first two games of this season for their lack of effort. Apparently he didn’t learn and essentially is switching horses midstream.

    If he was having difficulty motivating those upperclassmen in the spring he should have moved the two true freshmen and one redshirt freshman into starting roles at the beginning of preseason camp so that the OL could develop some continuity.

    I have no issue with Wilson making the switch, but I also understand that with starting three unproven and untested linemen is typically wrought with trouble. The true freshmen are 18-19 years old and are not as physically mature as many of the defensive linemen they will face who are 20, 21, or 22 and have several years of conditioning and instruction at this level.

    Taylor, Rahrig and Eckert probably are better than those they replaced, but I expect their performance to only be slightly better and not a major upgrade.

    We’ll suffer through their learning curve this year while they make their share of freshman mistakes. As we go deeper into the season and the competition improves dramatically don’t be surprised when these three just simply get overpowered and beat up by older, physically mature and experienced defensive linemen.

    I like the direction this program is going, but I also understand that the more true and redshirt freshman a team plays the greater the likelihood for a losing season. My prediction for this year was five wins at most. With these latest developments I’d say we’ll be lucky to win three.

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