Depth chart for EMU at Michigan State
In addition to a complete reshuffling of kickoff and punt returners, three other listed starters have changed, though all three merely recognize changes that we’ve already seen on the field.
- One week after replacing David Gibson as the listed backup H-back, Jay Jones has now replaced Demarius Reed as the listed starter; Jones has actually started the last two weeks.
- Matt Price and Omar McFarlane have flipped spots at defensive end (second-string/third-string) again. After missing the Illinois State game (no explanation), Kashama was back as the starting defensive end at Purdue.
- Justin Cudworth, who did not play at Purdue (no explanation), is still listed as the starting weak side linebacker. Redshirt freshman Jake Pennese, who’s come off the bench in each game but recorded no stats (special teams, maybe?) has replaced freshman Ike Spearman as the listed backup. I’m not sure the backup at that position is all that significant, however, because whoever it is will probably be the #6 linebacker overall; I’d put the overall linebacker depth chart as Cudworth, Pali, Weingrad, Poole, and then Kurtz.
- Marlon Pollard is no longer listed on the depth chart. I have no details, but he hasn’t been back in a game since he went out with an injury against Ball State. Darius Scott is now listed as the starting left corner, with Kirkland Bryant as the backup.
- Alex Bellfy replaces Corey Manns as the backup free safety.
- Dylan Mulder has replaced Kody Fulkerson as the place kicker, as we saw last week. I’m willing to chalk up his missed extra point to rookie jitters, and say that he probably can’t do much worse than what we saw from Fulkerson.
- There has been a complete change at the kickoff and punt returner positions. I’m guessing that this is at least partly because Pollard is out (presumably injured) and Darius Scott is being called on to do more on defense as the starting left corner. It’s now Tyler Allen and Dominique Sherrer for kickoffs, with Jay Jones and Alex Bellfy for punts.
- Ken Karcher is still the offensive coordinator.