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Examining the Rutgers Defensive Depth Chart As Spring Practice is Underway

by Sal Soothsayer | Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

In this two-part series, we analyze the Rutgers football team depth chart as released prior to spring practice as well as my predictions for:   the post-spring depth chart, most likely non-starter to start, and player who is not on the two deep that is most likely to crack the two deep by the time the season rolls around.

The chances of “non-starters starting” as well as “cracking the two deep” are graded as:  likely, possible, unlikely, none.

In part one, we took a look through the Rutgers offensive depth chart. Now, in part two, we look at the defense.

Defensive Line: 

DE

Djwany Mera (Jr.)
Julian Pinnix-Odrick (So.)

NT

Kenneth Kirksey (Sr.)
Sebastian Joseph (R-Fr.)

DT

Darius Hamilton (Jr.)
Daryl Stephenson (Jr.)

R

Quanzell Lambert (So.)
David Milewski (Sr.)

 

Post-Spring:

DE:

Djwany Mera

Julian Pinnix-Odrick

NT:

Kenneth Kirksey

Sebastian Joseph

DT:

Darius Hamilton

Daryl Stephenson

R:

Quanzell Lambert

David Milewski

 

Non-Starter that Could Start:

Pinnix-Odrick– Likely

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Kemoko Turay (R-Fr) – Possible

Star Potential:

1-Joseph  2-Hamilton  3-Pinnix-Odrick  4-Turay

Prediction for DL leaders in sacks:

1-Pinnix-Odrick  2-Hamilton  3-Lambert  4-Turay

Steve Longa is moving from middle linebacker to outside linebacker this season. (Via ScarletKnights.com)

Steve Longa is moving from middle linebacker to outside linebacker this season. (Via ScarletKnights.com)

Linebackers:

SLB

Quentin Gause (Jr.)
Myles Nash (R-Fr.)

MLB

Kevin Snyder (Sr.)
L.J. Liston (So.)

WLB

Steve Longa (So.)
T.J. Taylor (R-Fr.)
 

Post-Spring:

SLB:

Quentin Gause

Myles Nash

MLB:

Kevin Snyder

L.J. Liston

WLB:

Steve Longa

T.J. Taylor

 

Non-Starter that Could Start:

None

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Brandon Russell (Fr) –Possible

Star Potential:

1-Longa   2-Russell  3-Nash

Prediction for LB leaders in tackles:

1-Longa  2-Snyder  3-Gause

Defensive Backs:

CB

Gareef Glashen (Sr.)
Nadir Barnwell (So.)

CB

Anthony Cioffi (So.)
Ian Thomas (So.)

SS

Lorenzo Waters (Sr.)
Davon Jacobs (So.)

FS

Johnathan Aiken (Sr.) or Delon Stephenson (So.)

 

Post-Spring:

CB:

Ian Thomas

Nadir Barnwell

CB:

Anthony Cioffi

Gareef Glashen

SS:

Lorenzo Waters

Delon Stephenson

FS:

Davon Jacobs (So)

Jonathan Aiken

 

Non-Starter that Could Start:

Stephenson or Aiken at FS – Possible

Who Could Crack the two-deep?:

Kam Lott (Fr) – Possible

Star Potential:

1-Jacobs  2-Cioffi  3-Thomas  4-Barnwell  5-Stephenson

 

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