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The two-deep is out

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Pitt released its first official depth chart of the 2017 season Monday, and here's a look at who's listed where and what it all means.

Offense Depth Chart - Week One
Position Player Player Player


Max Browne

Ben DiNucci

Running back

Qadree Ollison

Darrin Hall


Colton Lively

Erik Sellers

Wide receiver

Jester Weah

Ruben Flowers OR

Aaron Mathews

Wide receiver

Quadree Henderson

Maurice Ffrench

Rafael Araujo-Lopes

Tight end

Matt Flanagan

Chris Clark

Devon Edwards

Left tackle

Brian O'Neill

Tony Pilato

Left guard

Alex Officer

Brandon Ford


Jimmy Morrissey

Connor Dintino

Right guard

Brandon Hodges

Mike Herndon

Right tackle

Jaryd Jones-Smith

Jerry Drake Jr.

- There weren't many big surprises on offense. A few players worked their way onto the first team after being backups in spring camp, like Jimmy Morrissey, who got the nod at center a few days after earning his scholarship. Or graduate transfer Matt Flanagan, who is listed as the starting tight end despite arriving on campus in May.

The tight end designation is probably a moot point, though, as both Flanagan and Chris Clark will play quite a bit.

- The offensive two-deep is also nearly bereft of "OR" designations, with only Ruben Flowers and Aaron Mathews getting an "OR" as backups to Jester Weah at receiver.

- At running back, the coaches opted for the two upperclassmen, redshirt junior Qadree Ollison and junior Darrin Hall, with Ollison getting listed first.

Defense Depth Chart - Week One
Position Player Player Player

Defensive end

Dewayne Hendrix OR

Rashad Weaver

Nose tackle

Shane Roy

Rashad Wheeler

Jaylen Twyman

Defensive tackle

Keyshon Camp

Amir Watts

Kam Carter

Defensive end

Allen Edwards

James Folston Jr.

Patrick Jones II

Money linebacker

Elijah Zeise

Jalen Williams

Middle linebacker

Saleem Brightwell

Chase Pine

Star linebacker

Oluwaseun Idowu

Anthony McKee Jr.

Rimoni Dorsey


Avonte Maddox

Jason Pinnock

Malik Henderson


Dane Jackson OR

Damarri Mathis

Strong safety

Dennis Briggs

Phil Campbell

Henry Miller

Free safety

Jazzee Stocker OR

Bricen Garner

- There are a few interesting notes on defense. Dewayne Hendrix and redshirt freshman Rashad Weaver getting an "OR" probably stems from questions regarding Hendrix's health status.

- At defensive tackle, the coaches went with redshirt junior Shane Roy and redshirt freshman Keyshon Camp as the first-teamers; DL coach Charlie Partridge said they were the clubhouse leaders at the end of camp. But it's notable that they list redshirt freshman Rashad Wheeler and freshman Jaylen Tywman as the backups to Roy, with Amir Watts and Kam Carter behind Camp.

Ultimately, all six of those tackles can play either interior position, so the separation isn't too significant. But it's still interesting to see Carter get second-reserve billing.

- At linebacker, redshirt junior Jalen Williams appears to have moved from Star, where he has been for the last two years, to Money, where he is backing up Elijah Zeise.

- Also interesting at linebacker is redshirt sophomore Rimoni Dorsey, who spent most, if not all of training camp at safety; he is listed as the second backup at Star linebacker behind Seun Idowu and Anthony McKee.

- The coaches opted to list redshirt junior Dennis Briggs, who was voted captain last week, as the starter at strong safety but went with an "OR" at the other safety spot between Jazzee Stocker and Bricen Garner. Both Stocker and Garner will likely see time on Saturday.

- Pat Narduzzi said late in training camp that freshman Damarri Mathis was battling redshirt sophomore Dane Jackson for the starting cornerback job opposite Avonte Maddox, and that battle appears to still be ongoing, since there's an "OR" between Jackson and Mathis on the two-deep.

Special Teams Depth Chart - Week One
Position Player Player Player


Alex Kessman

Ian Troost OR

Jake Scarton


Ryan Winslow

Kirk Christodoulou


Ryan Winslow

Ben DiNucci

Long snapper

Cal Adomitis

Nathan Bossory

Kickoff returner

Quadree Henderson

Maurice Ffrench

Punt returner

Quadree Henderson

Avonte Maddox