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Depth Chart: Pre-season predictions

Jayhawk Slant Depth Chart Predictions
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Thoughts on the depth chart
There is still no word Kansas head coach David Beaty will release a depth chart prior to the first game. After watching several practices, reviewing practice film, and interviewing the coaches here is the look at our predictions on the depth chart.
OFFENSE:
The toughest spot is predicting the back-up quarterback. Going into the weekend there is no proof the coaches have made a decision but our call is Ryan Willis. He has all the tools and had a solid fall camp.
At running back it could go several ways. The wild card is the health of Taylor Cox who would likely be the starter but he has been limited this month in practice. Kinner has received a lot of snaps with the first unit and Mann was with the starters at the last practice during "quick start." The coaches have been careful with Mann from past concussions.
The receiver spot started to take shape last week. The one thing to watch is the progress of Booker a true freshman. He was impressing coaches over the summer and was injured early in fall camp. Beaty said he could return for the Rutgers game and could still play this year.
Beaty said Sternberger needs to be ready as a true freshman. There are times it is possible they could use two tight ends at the same since Taylor has lined up as a big receiver.
The offensive line is set. After talking with Zach Yenser he has been working with a solid 10-11 linemen all camp. The two of note are two true freshmen McCauley and Hughes.
DEFENSE:
The defensive line is set with the players but the players could change. There are six players fighting for spots and that competition will proceed into the season. Armstrong a true freshman is pushing for playing time at the rush end spot where there are good numbers and depth.
The linebacker has been the biggest surprise of fall camp. Going with Roberts and Arnick was easy. But nobody would have predicted Dineen and Ogbebor moving up the chart so quick. Dineen has never played linebacker and Ogbebor is a true freshmen who signed under the radar. Watson and Miles have played a lot in the past. The coaches are being cautious how much they play Miles with a past injury.
The starting defensive backfield appears set. The biggest news is the development of Graham and Glatczak at nickel and safety. This area isn't deep and they have to stay healthy to keep up the with the Big 12 offenses.
SPECIAL TEAMS:
This is where the predictions get more difficult. At kicker it might be a two-man show the whole way. Bartolotta worked on short field goal attempts and Wyman the longer ones.
Guzman and Kahn are still locked in a battle. Special teams coordinator Gary Hyman told us both could play during the season depending on the situation. The punter position could change all season. The slight nod goes to Guzman who has been consistent during the practice we watched.
Wirtel has the snapping position locked down.
The return game is far from over. They have worked several players in at both positions. True freshmen Moore and Sims ran first team at the last scrimmage. Hyman said Sims was the main returner and Moore the off-return man.
Parmalee has been steady at punt return. Neal is shifty and getting a lot of reps and Ogletree has made a strong push after arriving in late July.