The Hurricanes released their first depth chart of the 2016 season Monday afternoon, and it included a few notable changes.
Four true freshmen — receiver Ahmmon Richards and linebackers Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud — are listed as starters or co-starters.
On offense and defense, Miami lists seven seniors, nine juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen as starters or co-starters. The two-deep totals: nine seniors, 13 juniors, 16 sophomores and nine freshmen.
Of note on the offensive depth chart:
* Malik Rosier was listed as the backup quarterback instead of Vincent Testaverde. The two were competing for the role in the latter stages of camp.
* Mark Walton is the starting running back, with Joe Yearby or Gus Edwards the second-stringer. All three are likely to get plenty of burn this year.
* Walk-on Malik Mayweather is the backup “Y” receiver, behind Stacy Coley. Freshmen Dionte Mullins and Sam Bruce are likely to play this year, but have a ways to go in learning the position.
* Freshman Ahmmon Richards and junior college transfer Dayall Harris are co-starters at the “X” receiver position.
* Chris Herndon is the starter at tight end, though that situation is a lot like the running backs: co-backups David Njoku and Stan Dobard will be used plenty in certain situations.
The offensive depth chart:
Among the changes on defense:
* Obviously, Jermaine Grace and Al-Quadin Muhammad, both dismissed last weekend, are nowhere to be found.
* Trent Harris moves into the starting role at Muhammad’s defensive end position, which is now being called “Viper.” Freshman Joe Jackson is his backup.
* Miami could start three true freshmen at the linebacker spots. Zach McCloud is the starter at Sam linebacker, Grace’s position, beating out sophomore Charles “CJ” Perry. The Mike is Shaq Quarterman. The co-starters at Will are Michael Pinckney and redshirt freshman Jamie Gordinier.
* Darrion Owens (knee) is listed as a backup but is unlikely to play Saturday, according to a UM source.
* Gerald Willis, who will sit for FAMU for a violation of team rules, is not in the two-deep at defensive tackle.
* Miami has an all-senior secondary. Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert are the starters at cornerback, with sophomores Michael Jackson and Sheldrick Redwine backing them up. Seniors Jamal Carter — playing the strong safety position which Miami is calling “Rover” — starts opposite Rayshawn Jenkins. Carter’s backup is redshirt freshman Robert Knowles. Jenkins is backed up by sophomore Jaquan Johnson, who isn’t listed as a starting nickel back but is likely to fill that role.
The defensive depth chart:
On special teams:
* Braxton Berrios, Corn Elder and Stacy Coley are listed as co-starters on punt returns. Berrios, Coley and Malcolm Lewis are co-starters on kickoff returns.
* Michael Badgley is the kickoff specialist. Last year, now-dismissed sophomore Jon Semerene struggled in that area.
The special teams depth chart: