Cal has released a training camp depth chart. It is, of course, very fluid, but it gives you an idea of who will likely be taking the first snaps when camp begins on Aug. 7. Those who take the first snaps have an obvious advantage, as they can hold their position with good play and hold off oncoming backups.
Some items of note:
- Alex Lagemann is listed as the starting wide receiver over Jeremy Ross opposite Marvin Jones, but you really could have an “OR” in between their names. Neither did enough in the spring to nail down an advantage. And don’t forget about incoming guys like Keenan Allen or Tevin Carter, who could make a push for playing time.
- Brian Schwenke is listed as the starting left guard. It seems it is between Schwenke, Donovan Edwards and Dominic Galas to compete for a starting spot somewhere. Edwards got a lot of experience in the spring playing every position on the line, while Galas can play both center and guard. But right now, the offensive line the way is comprised on the depth chart is the favorite for how it will end up on Sept. 4.
- Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson is listed as Shane Vereen’s backup at tailback, but that’s likely solely based on seniority. Coach Jeff Tedford has made it clear that that backup spot is wide open and he’s waiting for someone to claim it.
- Trevor Guyton is listed as the defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It seems it’s a battle between Guyton and Ernest Owusu, and Guyton was ahead of Owusu last season. Deandre Coleman has big-time potential but missed a chance to move his way up the depth chart in the spring when he was taken off the field to concentrate on academics.
- With Chris Martin and likely Cecil Whiteside now out of the picture, the competition for the two outside linebacker spots is more narrow. Interesting that Mychal Kendricks is listed as a starter on one side. Kendricks missed the entire spring with a shoulder injury and fell into the doghouse last season. That is until he had a terrific game against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl. Kendricks should nail down a starting job this season. It will be interesting to see if guys like Steven Fanua or even incoming freshmen Nick Forbes or Dave Wilkerson can make a push to play middle linebacker alongside Mike Mohamed.
- After everything Darian Hagan has been through in the past year, here he is once again listed as a starter at cornerback. After a breakout season in 2008, Hagan fell so far out of favor last year that he didn’t even play in the Poinsettia Bowl. Knee problems were part of his problem, but off the field issues and academics played into it as well. Hagan also missed most of the spring to focus on academics, but Tedford has talked enthusiastically about him during the offseason.
- The depth chart doesn’t list a kick returner or punt returner, but those spots likely right now are being held down by Isi Sofele and Jeremy Ross, respectively.