Musings over Baylor's depth chart vs. WVU

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Not many changes in the depth chart going into the game on Saturday, but there are a couple on the defensive side of the ball.

The updated depth charts are out on BaylorBears.com with the offensive side of the ball as we've come to know and expect. The only thing I see of note there is that Jake Jackson is back starting at RG after missing the SHSU game and being limited in the win over ULM. His former backup, Cameron Kaufhold, has switched to the left side to back up Cyril Richardson. Whether that is some indication of Richardson's or Kaufhold's performance this season, I have no idea. It could be that they feel Cyril needs a more competent backup just as easily as it could be that Kaufhold hasn't done as well as expected so they moved him to a place where he probably won't have to play.

The defense, on the other hand, has several noteworthy changes starting in the secondary. First, Mike Hicks is off the depth chart completely at the safety position, replaced by Chance Casey and Josh Wilson. I don't know exactly when this chart was updated, so that might not be correct. As of this moment, word is that Hicks might play but is far from a sure thing.

Flanking Hicks' spot are the corners K.J. Morton and Demetri Goodson, who had the OR linking his name to that of Joe Williams removed somewhere along the line. I'd expect Williams to get plenty of time in this game because of the sets WVU likes to run, but it's interesting that Goodson is apparently now the clear starter opposite Morton. It's one of those things that reveals a bit of the staff's thinking while probably not affecting the outcome of the game.

In another change-that-might-not-be-a-change, Prince Kent is now officially the back up Ahmad Dixon. Actually, I'm pretty sure this was on the depth chart the last two weeks, but I wanted to mention it because I need someone tell me why you'd keep Sam Holl in at a linebacker position in a 3-4 over the 6-3, 220-pound Kent. Can you imagine a 4-LB alignment with Dixon, Bryce Hager, Eddie Lackey, and Kent? Do I need to write a post entirely about Prince Kent? He fascinates me.

Anyway, the only other change I can see in this chart is that Chris McAllister has now officially unseated Gary Mason, Jr. as the starter opposite Terrance Lloyd. With McAllister listed at RE, he'll be the one opposite Quinton Spain, WVU's LT I told you about earlier today. That could be a good matchup since McAllister, who used to be a LB, has both size and speed. Very interesting.

Another name to keep an eye on that isn't exactly new is freshman Terrell Burt. He's listed here as Sam Holl's backup but is rumored to be looking at significant playing time this game against WVU's faster receivers. Definitely something to watch when we take the field Saturday ... other than the game itself, I mean.

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