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West Virginia releases depth chart ahead of Big 12 Media Days


NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Media Days kicked off earlier today and - as is the custom - the members released the first version of their depth chart as they get ready to head into Fall training camp.

It’s important to understand that this depth chart means very little in terms of what the actual depth chart will look like when the West Virginia Mountaineers kickoff the season against the Tennessee Volunteers in Charlotte on September 1st. They do, however, provide a little bit of insight on possible position changes and things of that nature when compared to the Spring depth chart released back in March.

Most notable changes:

  • Alec Sinkfield still holds the RB3 slot, while Tevin Bush - who was slotted in as WR(H)2 in the spring - is missing from the depth chart entirely. This could be a case of Bush not having a true position, and the staff expects to use him in a combination of roles.
  • The WR(H) position that was listed on the spring depth chart is now listed as TE(H) with Trevon Wesco and Jovani Haskins manning that slot. The coaching staff has been very adamant about using the tight end in a more prominent role in 2018, so this makes sense.
  • 6’5” receiver Dominique Maiden is listed as the backup to TJ Simmons at the WR (Z) position. That spot was held by Reggie Roberson in the Spring.
  • Matt Jones and Jacob Buccigrossi may find themselves in a position battle when camp begins. Jones was previously listed as the starter, but has apparently been supplanted by Buccigrossi.
  • While they’re enrolled and on-campus, Mike and Joe Brown are both missing from the two-deep for the time being. I’d expect at least one, if not both, of them to crack the depth chart by the end of camp.
  • David Sills is listed as the backup punt returner and this scares the bejeezus out of me because I don’t want our best receiver getting broken in half while trying to field a punt.

West Virginia Pre-Fall Camp Depth Chart

Position First String Second String Third String
Position First String Second String Third String
QB Will Grier Jack Allison Trey Lowe
RB Kennedy McKoy Martell Pettaway Alec Sinkfield
FB Logan Thimons Elijah Drummond
LT Yodny Cajuste Kelby Wickline
LG Josh Sills Chase Behrndt
C Jacob Buccigrossi Matt Jones
RG Isaiah Hardy Zach Davis
RT Colton McKivitz Tyler Thurmond
WR (X) David Sills V Marcus Simms
WR (Y) Gary Jennings Druw Bowen William Crest Jr.
WR (Z) TJ Simmons Dominique Maiden -
TE (H) Trevon Wesco Jovani Haskins
DE Ezekiel Rose Jabril Robinson
NT Darius Stills Kenny Bigelow
DE Reese Donahue Jeffery Pooler
SAM Charlie Benton Shea Campbell
MIKE Dylan Tonkery Zach Sandwisch
WILL David Long Adam Hensley
LCB Hakeem Bailey Jake Long
RCB Derrek Pitts Keith Washington
SPUR Dravon Askew-Henry Deamonte Lindsay
BS Toyous Avery JoVanni Stewart
FS Kenny Robinson Josh Norwood
K Evan Staley Skyler Simcox
P Billy Kinney Luke Hogan
LS Rex Sunahara Kyle Poland
H Billy Kinney Luke Hogan
KO Evan Staley Skyler Simcox
PR Marcus Simms David Sills
KOR Marcus Simms Gary Jennings