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UConn Football Depth Chart for SMU Mustangs

Once again, multiple changes in all three phases of the game.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Huskies football coach Randy Edsall has released his depth chart for Saturday’s game versus the SMU Mustangs in Dallas, TX and as you might expect, there are multiple changes.

Defensively, there are major changes to the two-deep in the secondary.

Tahj Herring-Wilson moves into a starting role at defensive back in place of senior Tre Bell, who will become Herring-Wilson’s backup. Brice McAllister also regains his starting spot at defensive back with Tyler Coyle sliding into the backup at safety to Marshé Terry.

Two backups at defensive back last week, Omar Fortt and Aaron Garland, are no longer on the depth chart. Neither is Jordan Swann, but he is out due to a concussion with Kyle Williams taking over as the backup to Jamar Summers.

On the defensive front three, Connor Freeborn takes the place of James Atkins as the backup to Cole Ormsby. Atkins is out 4-6 weeks with a calf injury.

At wide receiver, there are now two more redshirt-freshman starting joining classmate Quayvon Skanes.

Mason Donaldson, who had a breakout game last week against ECU, will move into a starting role with Hergy Mayala out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Kyle Buss moves into the backup spot there.

Glastonbury native, Keyion Dixon, is the other redshirt freshman starter at wide receiver as he moves ahead of Tyraiq Beals.

At running back, last week it was Arkeel Newsome and Nate Hopkins in an “OR” situation. This week, true freshman Kevin Mensah takes the place of Hopkins, who is now the backup.

With the loss of Ryan Crozier for the season due to a knee injury, Daniel Oak moves up to the starting spot at center. Kyle Schafenacker will back him up. Also, Ryan Van Demark takes over at right tackle for Tommy Hopkins, who will now back Van DeMark up.

On special teams with Swann out, Skanes will take over as the lead punt returner with Buss backing him up. On kick returns, Buss will be alongside Skanes.

OFFENSE

TACKLE

65 Matt Peart, RSo., 6-7, 300

72 Brendan Vechery, RSr., 6-6, 310

GUARD

77 Trey Rutherford, Sr., 6-5, 312

56 Nino Leone, RFr., 6-6, 316

CENTER

75 Daniel Oak, RJr., 6-3, 285

79 Kyle Schafenacker, RSr., 6-3, 284

GUARD

70 Cam DeGeorge, RFr., 6-6, 286

73 Steve Hashemi, Sr., 6-6, 293

TACKLE

74 Ryan Van Demark, Fr., 6-7, 265

62 Thomas Hopkins, RSr., 6-6, 300

TIGHT END

86 Alec Bloom, Sr., 6-6, 253 OR

80 Tommy Myers, RSr., 6-5, 245

RUNNING BACK

22 Arkeel Newsome, Sr., 5-7, 180 OR

34 Kevin Mensah, Fr., 5-8, 198

11 Nate Hopkins, RFr., 6-1, 212

WIDE RECEIVER

23 Keyion Dixon, RFr., 6-3, 185

2 Tyraiq Beals, Jr., 6-0, 185

WIDE RECEIVER

19 Quayvon Skanes, RFr., 5-11, 175

8 Aaron McLean, Jr., 6-5, 210

WIDE RECEIVER

82 Mason Donaldson, RFr., 6-2, 205

26 Kyle Buss, Jr., 6-1, 181

QUARTERBACK

4 Bryant Shirreffs, RSr., 6-2, 210

5 David Pindell, Jr., 6-0, 192

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

57 Cole Ormsby, RSr., 6-3, 264

88 Connor Freeborn, RSo., 6-5, 255

DEFENSIVE LINE

92 Folorunso Fatukasi, RSr., 6-4, 303

94 Kevin Murphy, RSo., 6-1, 280

DEFENSIVE LINE

15 Luke Carrezola, Sr., 6-3, 260

50 Sheriden Lawley, RJr., 6-4, 275

LINEBACKER

13 Vontae Diggs, Sr, 6-2, 221

6 Eddie Hahn, RFr., 6-3, 205

LINEBACKER

11 Junior Joseph, RSr., 6-1, 232

47 Santana Sterling, Jr., 6-0, 223

LINEBACKER

33 Chris Britton, RJr., 6-1, 225

10 Cameron Stapleton, RSr., 6-4, 230

DEFENSIVE BACK

44 Ian Swenson, Fr., 6-1, 197

29 Anthony Watkins, RJr., 5-10, 197

DEFENSIVE BACK

21 Jamar Summers, Sr., 6-0, 190

14 Tahj Herring-Wilson, RFr., 6-1, 190

DEFENSIVE BACK

16 Brice McAllister, Sr., 5-11, 189

36 Brayden Brown, Fr., 6-1, 192

DEFENSIVE BACK

41 Marshé Terry, RSo., 6-4, 212

25 Tyler Coyle, RFr., 6-1, 202

DEFENSIVE BACK

14 Tahj Herring-Wilson, RFr., 6-1, 190

1 Tre Bell, RSr., 5-11, 175

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKER

40 Michael Tarbutt, RSo., 6-0, 187

16 Will Rishell, RSr., 5-11, 184

PUNTER

81 Brett Graham, RFr., 6-3, 197

99 Luke Magliozzi, Fr., 6-3, 203

LONG SNAPPER

53 Brian Keating, Fr., 6-0, 231

66 Jeffrey Sidebotham, RFr., 6-2, 217

PUNT RETURN

19 Quayvon Skanes, RFr., 5-11, 175

26 Kyle Buss, Jr., 6-1, 181

KICK RETURN

26 Kyle Buss, Jr., 6-1, 181

19 Quayvon Skanes, RFr., 5-11, 175

HOLDER

81 Brett Graham, RFr., 6-3, 197

12 Brandon Bisack, RSo., 6-5, 227