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Trojans release first official depth chart

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The Trojans released their first official depth chart on Sunday night for the season opener on September 5 against Arkansas State and here are some of the notable moves.

* The fact that three tight ends are listed as potential starters. Taylor McNamara has come on lately after transferring from Oklahoma but he hasn’t separated much from Connor Spears and the true freshman Tyler Petite.

* Chad Wheeler and Toa Lobendahn listed as potential starters at LT. This is primarily due to the health status of Wheeler, who was only cleared for full contact last week from his knee injury, and only recently returned from a concussion as well. If Wheeler can go, Lobendahn could end up the starter at RG since he was listed as a potential starter there along with Viane Talamaivao.

* Chris Hawkins (SS) and Leon McQuay (FS) as the starters at the two safety spots. Those two were battling at free safety until an injury in camp to John Plattenburg opened the door for Hawkins to slide over, and the line-up will stay that way for now.

* The players listed in italics will enter game week with injury or uncertain status. Lamar Dawson (ribs) is the only player with that designation still listed as a starter.

Offense

QB: Cody KesslerMax Browne

TB: Tre MaddenJustin Davis

FB: Jahleel Pinner OR Soma Vainuku

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster – DeQuan Hampton

WR: Darreus RogersIsaac Whitney

WR: Steven Mitchell, Jr. – Adoree' Jackson

TE: Taylor McNamara OR Connor Spears OR Tyler Petite

LT: Chad Wheeler OR Toa Lobendahn

LG: Damien MamaChris Brown

C: Max TuerkKhaliel Rodgers

RG: Toa Lobendahn OR Viane Talamaivao

RT: Zach BannerChuma Edoga

Defense

DT: Delvon SimmonsKenny Bigelow

NT: Antwaun WoodsCody Temple

DT: Greg Townsend, Jr. – Claude Pelon

SOLB: Su'a CravensUchenna Nwosu

Rush end: Scott FelixJabari Ruffin

MILB: Lamar DawsonCameron Smith

WILB: Anthony SaraoOlajuwon Tucker

CB: Adoree' Jackson – Jonathan Lockett

CB: Kevon SeymourIman Marshall

FS: Leon McQuay – Marvell Tell

SS: Chris Hawkins – John Plattenburg OR Matt Lopes

Special teams

PK: Alex WoodMatt Boermeester

P: Kris AlbaradoReid Budrovich

PR: Adoree' Jackson – Steven Mitchell, Jr.

KR: Adoree' Jackson AND JuJu Smith-Schuster