Depth Chart for Tennessee

Christopher Hall

The West Virginia Football coaching staff has released the depth chart for the upcoming game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday (September 1st) at 3:30 pm est.

There has been some changes in the two-deep from the first depth chart they released just before Big XII media days, and there is still a couple of spots that hasn't named a starter.

Marcus Simms gets the start at wide receiver after initially being behind David Sills. TJ Simmons was in that starting X receiver spot over the summer. Simmons is now behind David Sills at the Z position.

Offensive Lineman Chase Behrndt was listed behind left guard Josh Sills. Now, transfer Michael Brown has moved behind Sills, while Behrndt slid behind left tackle Colt McKivitz.

Two spots along the line still does not have a starter. It's been a healthy competition among the guards and center and it may take a game or two before they have their starter. Center Matt Jones started last season, but Jacob Buccigrossi was listed as the starter over the summer and they still haven't decided who that guy will be.

Right guard Isaiah Hardy was named the starter over the summer with Zach Davis behind him. It looks likes Joe Brown has made his way to the top along with Hardy.

Receiver William Crest Jr moved up behind Gary Jennings at the slot passing Druw Bowen.

The two defensive linemen transfers Kenny Bigelow (USC) and Jabril Robinson (Clemson) are both named the starters along the front. Bigelow at nose tackle and Robinson at defensive end. Both Still Brothers, Dante and Darius, have made the two-deep. Darius is backing up Kenny and Dante Kenny.

Ezekiel Rose and Reese Donahue are listed as the starter for defensive end. Coming into the season there was a lot of talk on the depth along the defensive line. Now there looks to be plenty of depth up front.

Here's how the two-deep appeared in July:

DE Ezekiel Rose/Jabril Robinson

NT Darius Stills/Kenny Bigelow

DE Reese Donahue/Jeffery Pooler

Cornerback Derrek Pitts had the starting role over the summer, but is now listed with Josh Norwood. Coaches have been raving about Norwood and defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson has made it clear that he will be among the 11 best players on the field.

Current Depth Chart:

Offense

Position

First

Second

Third

WR (X)

Marcus Simms

Dominique Maiden

TE (H)

Trevon Wesco

Jovani Haskins

LT

Yodny Cajuste

Kelby Wickline

LG

Josh Sills

Michael Brown

C

Matt Jones or
Jacob Buccigrossi

RG

Joe Brown or
Isaiah Hardy

RT

Colton McKivitz

Chase Behrndt

WR (Y)

Gary Jennings Jr.

William Crest Jr.

WR (Z)

David Sills V

T.J. Simmons

QB

Will Grier

Jack Allison

Trey Lowe III

FB

Logan Thimons

Elijah Drummond

RB

Kennedy McKoy or
Martell Pettaway or
Alec Sinkfield or
Leddie Brown

Defense

Position

First

Second

Third

DE

Ezekiel Rose or
Reese Donahue

NT

Kenny Bigelow Jr.

Darius Stills

DE

Jabril Robinson

Dante Stills

SAM

Charlie Benton

Shea Campbell

MIKE

Dylan Tonkery

Adam Hensley

WILL

David Long Jr.

Josh Chandler

LCB

Hakeem Bailey

Keith Washington

FS

Kenny Robinson Jr.

Sean Mahone

SPUR

Dravon Askew-Henry

Deamonte Lindsay

BS

Toyous Avery Jr.

JoVanni Stewart

RCB

Derrek Pitts Jr. or
Josh Norwood

Special Teams

Position

First

Second

Third

K

Evan Staley

Luke Hogan

P

Billy Kinney

Evan Staley

LS

Rex Sunahara

Kyle Poland

H

Billy Kinney

Luke Hogan

KO

Evan Staley

Luke Hogan

PR

Marcus Simms

David Sills V

KOR

Marcus Simms

Gary Jennings Jr.

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