As RU’s bowl eligibility and respectability have evaporated with the horrendous play lately, it is time to start preparing for 2017. So let’s continue by looking at the spring 2017 projected depth chart on offense with WR and OL (QB/RB here). For the first pass we will not assume any early enrollees.
Wide Receiver/Tight End:
This unit is the opposite of the QB position where there will be a lot of turnover, and with Mitchell and Washington eligible after transferring, could be vastly improved. At the very least it provides hope that the team will have more completions against the B1G East powers. The depth on the unit could be tested.
- WR1 – Mitchell / ??: From what we have heard, he is a stud if he can remain on the field. After that, it’s anybody’s guess who would be the backup.
- WR2 – Harris/ Tsimis: Harris has shown a ton of promise despite spending his springs on the baseball diamond. Tsimis is reliable
- Slot – Grant / Bailey: Pending his medical redshirt and not trying the NFL draft, this would be a nice addition. He also might still be injured so Bailey would get the first shot at this position to get the best players on the field.
- Tight End – Washington / Flanagan: This guy will be eligible with two years remaining and could be a star based on his recruiting rankings. Flanagan can catch the ball when defenses ignore him.
- Reserves – Perry, Jabbie, Parker, Bah, Blunt: Hopefully one will emerge, most likely Jabbie who will at least play on special teams.
The offensive line was supposed to be the strength of the team, but has been average or below average at times this season. With another year in the new scheme coupled with the ascension of some of the more athletic linemen we will hopefully see signs of improvement. With all the graduating seniors, this group does look thin, which is normal on the offensive line as it usually takes guys time to develop.
- LT – Cole: He has the athleticism and will continue to improve.
- LG – Applefield: Has already shown to be a servicable backup and with continued improvement could be a sold starter.
- C – Miller: Has has played guard for two years, but with the experience at other positions might need to slide to center.
- RG – Heeman: Like Applefield, he has shown he can be a backup and looks to be a better fit in this system than a pro set where he might have been overpowered as a tackle.
- RT – Seymour: Only moved to OL this fall, he has the size and quickness evidenced by already being on the two-deep. He could be real good.
- Reserves – Taylor, Jackson, Venesky, Krimin. The first three have been in and out of the two deep and seem to possess more athleticism than current starters. Krimin was a high recruit but it’s not clear what position is most appropriate for a guy of his size in this offense yet. If he’s good, they will find a spot, right guard if I have to guess because then Heeman can be a fall back plan at RT if Seymour does not progress.