The Miami football program has released its first depth chart of the Mark Richt era, just five days before the Saturday season opener against FAMU at Hard Rock Stadium.
Richt, whose hiring was announced in December, did not put out a depth chart during or after spring practice – and waited until the first UM notes package of the season were distributed Monday by email to finally release one.
Winning the backup quarterback spot is redshirt sophomore Malik Rosier, last year’s backup who had a strong showing in leading Miami to its miraculous victory at Duke, a game in which starter Brad Kaaya didn’t play because of a concussion.
A third quarterback, who supposedly would be Vincent Testaverde, is not listed.
And Canes fans, your three starting linebackers are all fresh out of high school, which has to be a first in UM history. The three starters: 6-1, 240-pound Shaquille Quarterman in the middle; 6-1, 220-pound Michael Pinckney at weak-side (with an “or’’ after his name, followed by redshirt freshman Jamie Gordinier and junior Darrion Owens); and 6-2, 230-pound Zach McCloud at strong-side – the spot vacated by the dismissal of senior Jermaine Grace related to alleged NCAA violations.
Replacing the dismissed defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad is 6-2, 250-pound junior Trent Harris, who is now backed up by true freshman Joe Jackson, a Miami Gulliver Prep graduate. By the way, this is a new one at UM: Harris’ end position is designated “Viper.’’
The starting corners are Corn Elder and Texas graduate transfer Adrian Colbert, with the starting safeties Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter. The starting defensive tackles are R.J. McIntosh and Kendrick Norton.
Note that tackle Gerald Willis, who is suspended for the first game, is not on the depth chart. Courtel Jenkins backs up Norton at Nose and Anthony Moten is Mcintosh’s backup.
On offense, Stacy Coley, Braxton Berrios and true freshman Ahmmon Richards (with an “or’’ Dayall Harris behind Richards) are listed as the three top receivers, with walk-on Malik Mayweather winning the backup “Y’’ receiver spot behind Coley. Mark Walton is listed as the top running back and Joe Yearby “or’’ Gus Edwards as the backup.
Marquez Williams is the fullback in Richt’s pro-style, blocking-heavy offense.
The starting tight end is listed as Chris Herndon, with David Njoku “or’’ Standish Dobard behind him, though Richt will often use two tight-end sets.
And the offensive line, left to right, is left tackle Trevor Darling, guard Kc McDermott, center Nick Linder, guard Danny Isidora and tackle Sunny Odogwu. Tyree St. Louis is backing up Darling.
On special teams, Kicker Michael Badgley will also handle the kickoff duties, with punter Justin Vogel doing the holding. Returning punts will be Berrios “or’’ Elder “or’’ Coley. Returning kickoffs will be Malcolm Lewis “or’’ Berrios “or Coley.’’