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Depth chargers

Notre Dame released its two-deep depth chart Friday.

There were few surprises.

The biggest one to jump out was Bobby Burger listed as tight end Kyle Rudolph's backup. Burger, who coach Brian Kelly referred to as a role player, jumped Mike Ragone who was the backup last year.

Burger is also in front of former Bishop Dwenger standout Tyler Eifert, who is returning from a back injury that cut his freshman year short last season, and Jake Golic.

Another interesting listing was Dan Wenger getting the nod as the starting center over Braxston Cave, who took the majority of snaps with the first team during spring drills.

"I think (center) is a position of great competition with Wenger and Braxston," offensive coordinator Charley Molnar said. "Wegner at the end of spring ball was slightly ahead, but talk to me on Wednesday, and it could be Braxston slightly ahead. That's what we really want at every position. Two guys competing day-in and day-out, hard, because they really want the job."

Just like the center position can change day-to-day, Kelly said the depth chart is just a starting point and he expects it to change leading up to the season opener at home against Purdue on Sept. 4.

Here's what the two-deep looks like:


WR Duval Kamara, 6-4, 225, Sr.

John Goodman, 6-3, 207, Jr.

WR Michael Floyd, 6-3, 227, Jr.

Shaquelle Evans, 6-1, 205, So.

LT Zack Martin, 6-4, 290, So.

Matt Romine, 6-5, 292, Sr.

LG Chris Stewart, 6-5, 351, Sr.

Mike Golic Jr., 6-3, 290, Jr.

C Dan Wenger, 6-4, 298, Sr.

Braxston Cave, 6-3, 301, Jr.

RG Trevor Robinson, 6-5, 295, Jr.

Chris Watt, 6-3, 310, So.

RT Taylor Dever, 6-5, 297, Sr.

Andrew Nuss, 6-5, 297, Sr.

TE Kyle Rudolph, 6-6, 265, Jr.

Bobby Burger, 6-2, 248, Sr.

WR Theo Riddick, 5-11, 198, So.

T.J. Jones, 5-11, 187, Fr.

QB Dayne Crist, 6-4, 235, Jr.

Nate Montana, 6-4, 215, Jr.

RB Armando Allen, 5-10, 205, Sr.

Robert Hughes, 5-11, 245, Sr.


DE Ethan Johnson, 6-4, 285, Jr.

Hafis Williams, 6-1, 285, Jr.

NG Ian Williams, 6-2, 305, Sr.

Sean Cwynar, 6-4, 280, Jr.

DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, 6-4, 282, Jr.

Emeka Nwankwo, 6-4, 290, Sr.

OLB Darius Fleming, 6-2, 247, Jr.

Kerry Neal, 6-2, 245, Sr.

ILB Anthony McDonald, 6-2, 238, Jr.

Carlo Calabrese, 6-1, 240, So.

ILB Manti Te'o, 6-2, 245, So.

Steve Poskorz, 6-1, 246, Sr.

OLB Brian Smith, 6-3, 243, Sr.

Steve Filer, 6-3, 235, JR.

CB Darrin Walls, 6-0, 190, Sr.

E.J. Banks, 5-11, 182, So.

S Harrison Smith, 6-2, 214, Sr.

Dan McCarthy, 6-2, 205, Jr.

S Jamoris Slaughter, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Zeke Motta, 6-2, 210, So.

CB Gary Gray, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Robert Blanton, 6-1, 192, Jr.

Special teams

PK Nick Tausch, 6-0, 190, So.

David Ruffer, 6-1, 176, Sr.

P Ben Turk, 5-11, 196, So.

Brandon Walker, 6-3, 210, Sr.

LS Jordan Cowart, 6-2, 215, So.

Ryan Kavanagh, 6-3, 200, Jr.

SS Braxston Cave, 6-3, 301, Jr.

Bill Flavin, 6-3, 260, Sr.

HLD Ben Turk, 5-11, 196, So.

Nate Montana, 6-4, 215, Jr.

PR Armando Allen, 5-10, 205, Sr.

John Goodman, 6-3, 207, Jr.

KR Cierre Wood, 6-0, 210, So.

Theo Riddick, 5-11, 198, So.

Armando Allen, 5-10, 205, Sr.

KO David Ruffer, 6-1, 176, Sr.

Nick Tausch, 6-0, 190, So.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.