In the last blog I let you know about the offensive players I think will either start or see regular playing time. I expect to have an official depth chart either Saturday or Monday to pass along but before then here is a look at the defensive players I think will start or see regular playing time.
Again the reason I say regular playing time is just because a player does not start it doesn't mean he won't play a lot. None of the following is official. When the official depth chart is out I'll have it for you here. Saturday is the final practice of camp and FIU will scrimmage near the end of practice.
DL - Like the Panthers may do at running back, you could see a number of defensive linemen get extensive playing time. Defensive ends Giovani Francois (above) and Michael Wakefield have been lining up with the 1s. Wakefield has been all over the field causing havoc for the offense in camp. Denzell Perine and Wonderful Monds have seen many reps as defensive ends. Former linebacker Josh Glanton has also gotten a long look at defensive end.
Imarjaye Albury and Darrian Dyson have been the tackles with the first team. Dyson played his way on with the 1s with a terrific camp. Tackle Lars Koht, who began camp with the first team, has been out with a foot injury but is expected back in September. Marques Cheeks and Leonard Washington have lined up as second team tackles.
LB - Jordan Guest, Luis Rosado and Anthony Wint have been lining up as the first team linebackers with Rosado playing in the middle. Treyvon Williams had been splitting time with Rosado (below) but it seems like Rosado secured the starting job. De'Shawn Hazziez also got a look with the 1s.
Patrick Jean, Davison Colimon and freshman Fred Russ have worked with the second team, but like the defensive line you may see several linebackers get game action.
DB - Richard Leonard (below right) and Randy Harvey have consistently lined up as the starting cornerbacks throughout camp. Jeremiah McKinnon and Wilkenson Myrtil have worked as second team corners and will also be on the field in passing situations. Xavier Hines and Shermarke Spence have seen a good amount of snaps. Both have had solid camps.
Justin Halley, Demarkus Perkins and Jordan Davis have battled for the two starting safety spots. Halley and Perkins may begin the season as the starters but Davis is right behind them with his play in camp.
Redshirt freshman safety Vontarius West has progressed and true freshman safety Niko Gonzalez has shown to have a nose for the ball with his five interceptions in camp. Each player has worked with the second team.
P - Chris Ayers has been the most consistent punter in camp. Ayers will likely be the FIU punter when the season starts. Ayers is also holding on field goals and extra points.