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Ridiculously early look at Air Force football's 2017 depth chart

March 9, 2017 Updated: March 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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photo - Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman, front, is congratulated by defensive back Dailen Sutton as they leave the field after Air Force defeated Boise State 27-20 in an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman, front, is congratulated by defensive back Dailen Sutton as they leave the field after Air Force defeated Boise State 27-20 in an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Air Force is taking a weeklong break from spring practice as freshmen go through recognition training.

I figured the pause presented a good opportunity to debut my Ridiculously Early Look at the Air Force Football Depth Chart.

You may recall that last year’s version was released after the first weekend of spring practice in late February. I gave this year’s version a bit more time because of the massive amount of turnover.

Like last year’s, this early look comes with the disclaimer that errors could very well exist. Many of these names do not yet appear on any rosters. So years could be off. I could also have observed some of these at a point when they were working with a group other than their own. I could also be overlooking an injured player. The coaching staff played no role in compiling this list.

But for the most part, this represents where Air Force currently stands and can therefore be used as a point of comparison to see who makes a move in spring and, later, in fall practice.

“There is not a guy out here – other than maybe a couple – that you could maybe use some permanent ink,” defensive coordinator Steve Russ said. “We have a long, long way to go. Especially in the secondary.”

The secondary is the position that has already seen the most jostling for position this spring. In the most recent practice cornerback Dailen Sutton, who will be a junior, and safety James Jones, who will be sophomore, moved up to the first group.

Anyway, here’s the Ridiculously Early Look at Air Force’s 2017 Football Depth Chart, as observed by The Gazette’s Brent Briggeman…

 

(* - Indicates player has been limited by injuries in spring practice)

Classes are listed by what they will be in the fall

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Arion Worthman, jr.
Nate Romine, sr.
Isaiah Sanders, soph.

Tailback

Tim McVey, sr.*
Malik Miller, jr.

Fullback

Parker Wilson, jr.*
Tavin Birdow, soph./Jacob Stafford, sr.

Z-receiver

Ronald Cleveland, jr/Tyler Williams, sr.*
Jake LaCoste, sr./Benjamin Waters, soph.

Wide receiver

Jake Matkovich, jr.
Cody Bronkar, sr./Marcus Bennett, sr./Geraud Sanders, soph.

Tight end

Ryan Reffitt, sr.
C.J. Riazzi, jr./ Lesley Dalger, soph.

Left tackle

Jake Barnhorst, sr.
Colin Marquez, soph.

Left guard

Ryan Beveridge, sr.
Jordan Tyler, sr.

Center

Alex Norton, sr.
Hadyn Lewis, soph.

Right guard

Griffin Landrum, jr.
R.J. Slater, sr.

Right tackle

James Rast, sr.
George Jarvis, jr.

 

DEFENSE

Defensive end

Cody Moorhead, sr.
Ryan Darby, jr.

Nose guard

Cody Gessler, jr.
Mosese Fifita, soph.

Defensive tackle

Santo Coppola, sr.
Micah Capra, jr.

Outside linebacker

R.J. Jackson, jr.
Paul Love, sr.

 “Spur” LB/DB

Shaquille Vereen, sr.
Ja’mel Sanders, sr./Abraham Nuno, jr.

Inside linebacker

Grant Ross, sr.
Blake Dailey, jr.

Inside linebacker

Jack Flor, sr.
Brody Bagnall, jr.

Cornerback

Marquise Griffin, sr.
Zane Lewis, soph.

Cornerback

Dailen Sutton, jr.
Brett Baldwin, sr.

Free safety

James Jones, soph.
Garrett Kauppila, jr.

Strong safety

Kyle Floyd, jr.
Russ Connors, sr.

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