August 27, 2012 10:39:07 AM
STARKVILLE - 2012 is a brand new football season for Mississippi State University. How can The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog prove this with anything other than a calendar? The pre-game depth chart before Week 1 vs. Jackson State this Saturday (6 p.m., Fox Sports South)
At my previous employer I enjoyed making fun of MSU head coach Dan Mullen turning his preseason depth chart into a game of how many times can I use the word 'or' on a single sheet of paper.
I've even referenced my favorite Schoolhouse Rock skit 'Conjunction Junction' as you see in the top when Mullen does his preseason depth chart.
No need for any of that nonsense this year.
In 2012, Mullen has proved his confidence in the first-string unit as he approaches his fourth season in Starkville with just three positions with coin flip debates. On Friday, MSU released its depth chart and
Let's run down the list of positional coin flips according to the season's first depth chart.
- At right tackle the battle for the entire preseason camp has been between junior college transfer Charles Siddoway and sophomore Damien Robinson. Whoever doesn't get this starting nod is likely to be the swing tackle (can play at both left and right tackle in a reserve role) as MSU offensive line coach John Hevesy continues to build depth up front.
- Strong safety has a familiar name in a different place with senior Corey Broomfield as one of the options -OR- sophomore Jay Hughes, who is the son of defensive backs coach Tony Hughes at that spot. It is likely both will see action if the Bulldogs line up in a nickel situation (five defensive backs on the field).
- The kicking duties (which Mullen has sometimes said in the past may be decided as late as after Saturday warmups) will be between freshman Devon Bell and junior Brian Egan. Mullen has indicated in media sessions this fall that Bell will likely draw the kickoff duties but with touchbacks putting the football on the 25-yard-line now, it'll be interesting to see Mullen's strategy for the kickoff action.
- Finally, yes freshman wide receiver Joe Morrow is still on the MSU roster but not on the two-deep depth chart due mostly in part to the fact the Ocean Springs native hasn't played an official down of college football in his career. The 6-foot-4 target is expected to be a weapon in the vertical passing game led by junior quarterback Tyler Russell
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