The UConn football team’s depth chart for this week’s game against Vanderbilt has been posted and there are few changes.
— For starters, Teddy Jennings is now listed as the starter at defensive end. This is more of a formality, as Jennings started last week against Fordham in place of the injured Jesse Joseph.
But, it may be an admission by the coaching staff that Joseph will be out for an extended period of time because of his injured right knee (something that is relatively obvious).
Freshman B.J. McBryde, who played a few snaps against Fordham for the first action of his career, is listed as Jennings’ backup.
— The top punt returner on the depth chart has changed. Cornerback Taylor Mack, who handled those duties for parts of last season, is No. 1 and Nick Williams has been moved back to No. 2. Williams, who remains the Huskies’ primary kick returner was perhaps only so-so as a punt returner in Week 1. (He had one punt where he probably should have called a fair catch, but was clobbered, then called a fair catch on his next chance when he appeared to have plenty of running room).
— The tailbacks are still an “OR” between D.J. Shoemate and Lyle McCombs. That’s the same way it was last week before Shoemate got hurt (he’s expected to play this week) and McCombs ran for 141 yards in the opener.
— The quarterback position, too, is unchanged at least from a depth chart standpoint. Scott McCummings, Johnny McEntee and Mike Nebrich all remain atop the depth chart together.
— Steve Greene and Gary Bardzak remain “OR” as starters at left guard. The two split time against Fordham and will probably do the same this week.
We’ll have more info after meeting with coach Paul Pasqualoni and the boys Monday afternoon.