The first official depth chart of the 2017 Louisville football season is finally here. As expected, there weren’t many surprises. It’s also worth mentioning that this could change before kickoff on Saturday.
There weren’t many surprises, but below are a few thoughts.
—Reggie Bonnafon being named the first string running back isn’t a big surprise, considering the amount of praise he’s received since making the switch from receiver. With that said, he did get the nod over Jeremy Smith who is without question the most proven ball carrier on the roster. Petrino praised Smith on Monday afternoon saying he’s playing really well now at 100%. I would imagine all three backs will get a healthy dose of carries this season.
—True freshman offensive lineman Mekhi Becton was arguably the most talked about newcomer throughout fall camp and has in fact landed a starting spot at right tackle. At 6-foot-7, 340-pounds, Becton is the biggest player on the roster.
—Senior Charles Standberry earned the first string nod at tight end, but I’d say there isn’t much separation between he and Micky Crum. I’d expect Standberry and Crum to collectively try to fill the void left with Cole Hikutini gone.
—True freshman linebacker Dorian Etheridge was also one of the more highly praised newcomers. The West Virginia native earned the starting middle linebacker spot. Etheridge will have some big shoes to fill replacing Keith Kelsey.
—One of the more competitive starting spots was between De’Asian Richardson and G.G Robinson at one of the defensive tackle positions. In the end it was Richardson who won the job.
—Louisville returns three of their starting defensive backs from a season ago. Zykesies Cannon won the second starting safety spot, alongside returning starter Chucky Williams. Cannon is replacing Josh Harvey-Clemons.