Let’s take a closer look at the pre-camp depth chart

July 31, 2015 by Derek Redd

Marshall on Friday released its depth chart for the start of preseason practice, which begins Friday, Aug. 7. The entire list can be found here, but let’s talk about some of its more interesting aspects.

— The “or” between Gunnar Holcombe and Chase Litton’s names at backup quarterback is a little surprising. There’s no doubt the true freshman Litton looked good during his opportunities in the spring, but I figured Holcombe, a redshirt junior, would be able to hold him off to sit alone at No. 2 signal-caller.

— The Herd likes ’em young at right guard. Two redshirt freshmen, starter Nate Devers and backup Jordan Dowrey, are there. But they’ll have plenty of help on that side of the line from tackle Clint Van Horn, who might be the best offensive lineman in Conference USA. Cody Collins entered the spring as the starting right guard, but he’s now backup center to Michael Selby.

— Redshirt freshman Chase Hancock went from spring surprise to backup strong-side linebacker behind D.J. Hunter. Hunter leads all Marshall players with 28 starts, so Hancock likely will spend the year as an understudy, but there’s no doubt he impressed the coaches.

— Marshall had better hope Evan McKelvey stays injury free this year. Behind him sits juco Devontre’a Tyler, a member of the 2015 recruiting class, and former academic non-qualifier Frankie Hernandez. That’s not knocking their talent, but lack of experience must be mentioned.

— Anyone still wondering about Tiquan Lang, who missed the spring to tend to personal issues, can see that he’s currently the backup at field safety to A.J. Leggett.

— And the placekicker race continues into the fall, with an “or” between Nick Smith and Amoreto Curraj.

Anything else stand out to you folks in the blogosphere?

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