Miami and Georgia Tech both have released their depth charts for this weekend’s game in South Florida. After a tough, physical game against rival Florida State, the Hurricanes have been forced to make a few adjustments to their depth chart. First and foremost, sophomore Travis Homer has taken over the starting RB job with Mark Walton out for the season. Miami’s other four RBs are all listed as second string. Despite that, Coach Mark Richt said that he envisons junior Trayone Gray serving as the primary backup with walk-on Crispian Atkins and freshman ATH DeeJay Dallas also getting snaps. That makes it sound like Miami is reluctant to burn the redshirt on Robert Burns.
Outside of the RBs, the Canes have a few players questionable with injuries. Star WR Ahmmon Richards missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, the effects of which he is still dealing with. Richards has sat out practice this week but is currently listed as a co-starter at one of the outside WR spots, as was the case ahead of the two games he played in. G Navaughn Donaldson was injured late in the game against FSU and didn’t practice on Tuesday but is listed as the lone starter at RG. Starting DBs Sheldrick Redwine and Dee Delaney are also listed as starters despite being declared “questionable” by Richt.
Georgia Tech’s depth chart doesn’t have too many surprises. The biggest thing of note are along the offensive line, where there is still no sign of Andrew Marshall. A starting tackle last season, Marshall was injured in fall camp but was supposed to be able to return around now. That he is still not on the two deep probably doesn’t bode well for his return. However, Jahaziel Lee is back and listed as a co-starter at LT and Shamire Devine as a co-starter at RG, both of which are promising. The only other real change is that Shawn Davis is the lone starter at kicker again after being a co-starter against UNC.
As the Miami defense prepares for Paul Johnson’s option attack, the Hurricanes are lead by a pair of linebackers that had pretty good games last season against the Yellow Jackets. In their first game against Georgia Tech, Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson both scored touchdowns on fumble returns. With one game under their belts, they’re charged with preparing younger teammates for this weekend. I’m not sure that I agree with Quarterman’s assertion that Tech “doesn’t make a lot of adjustments” but I won’t tell him if y’all don’t. All kidding aside, Tech’s rushing attack will be a big test for Miami’s defense, who struggled at times to contain FSU’s Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick. The play of Miami’s sophomore linebackers could go a long way to determining the outcome of the game.
As you may have heard, Oregon State head football coach Gary Anderson unexpectedly stepped down on Monday. Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest without the pull of Nike swag, Oregon State is one of the hardest Power Conference schools to win at on a consistent basis. CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli suggests that the folks in Corvallis look to Georgia Tech for some inspiration: run the option. Citing the success option based attacks have had at Georgia Tech, Navy, and Air Force, Fornelli basically suggests that Oregon State has nothing to lose at this point - it can’t really get worse. I’m all for more option-based football. I doubt Coach Ken or Troy Calhoun are leaving Navy or Air Force after being there so long, but if I’m the Beavers, I’m giving a call to Willie Fritz. After a slow start last season, Fritz has Tulane up and crushing teams this season. Let’s get some option in #Pac12AfterDark. Who wouldn’t want to watch Willie Fritz’s Oregon State take on Mike Leach’s Washington State?