The Charlotte 49ers released their initial depth chart for Saturday’s game against Campbell, and it didn’t contain a whole lot of surprises.
–As expected, Matt Johnson is listed as the starting quarterback. The backup spot is still split between Patrick O’Brien and Lee McNeill, and coach Brad Lambert will presumably insert the better-prepared of the two should Johnson go down.
–Kicker is still up for grabs between Blake Brewer and Stephen Muscarello. A full decision hasn’t been made yet, but Lambert noted that it would be made within “the next two days”.
–Also on special teams: Mikel Hunter and Martay Mattox will be the kick returners, with Hunter slated to return punts. Redshirt senior Brandon Strupp will be the team’s punter.
–With redshirt freshman Jamel Ross going down at wideout, true freshman Trent Bostick has been listed in a starting role. “Trent has had a great camp,” remarked Brad Lambert. “We lost Jamel before camp started (but) Trent’s come in and done a nice job. (He)’s a competitive guy…and we’ve been pleased with him (this fall).”
–Air Force transfer Tanner Fleming will back fellow redshirt freshman Larry Ogunjobi at nose. Fleming, since he is transferring from an FBS to FCS school, will not need to sit out a year and is available to play immediately.
–OLB Mark Hogan was dealing with a hamstring injury, but Lambert did say that he was back to 100%. Nico Alcalde is slotted ahead of him for the time being. “We’ll get (Hogan) working back in there today and tomorrow, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go (on game day),” Lambert said.
–The offensive line lists three redshirt freshmen on the first team–LT Jamal Covington, LG Mason Sledge and C Thomas La Bianca. RG Daniel Blitch (r-jr.) is the only upperclassmen in the front five (RT Danny Book is a redshirt sophomore).
Depth Chart (second team listed in italics)
WR–Mikel Hunter/Trent Bostick
Will Thomas/EJ Rhinehart
LT: Jamal Covington
LG: Mason Sledge
C: Thomas La Bianca
RG: Daniel Blitch
RT: Danny Book
H-back: Justin Bolus
X-back: CJ Crawford
Slot: Austin Duke
Corey Nesmith Jr.
RB: Alan Barnwell
QB: Matt Johnson
Patrick O’Brien/Lee McNeill
DE: Brandon Banks
NT: Larry Ogunjobi
DE: James Middleton
OLB: Nico Alcalde and Mark Pettit
ILB: Terry Caldwell and Micah Bryan
Kendal Parker and Caleb Clayton-Molby
CB: Terrance Winchester and Tank Norman
Greg Cunningam and Cortezz Nixon/Devin Pearson
S: Des Cooper and Martay Mattox
Ardy Holmes and Daquan Lucas
K: Blake Brewer or Stephen Muscarello
P: Brandon Strupp
LS: Keaston Sinicki
KR: Mikel Hunter and Martay Mattox
PR: Martay Mattox
Holder: Patrick O’Brien