Post-spring depth chart: Defense

Army’s post-season defensive depth chart should look drastically different in training camp this summer.

Five returning starters – sophomore strong safety Hayden Pierce, sophomore cornerback Marques Avery; freshman rover Alex Meier, junior rover Justin Trimble and freshman┬á safety Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires – didn’t participate in spring practice due to injury or academics.

Junior Colby Miller, a jayvee team captain the last three seasons, is listed as the starter at middle linebacker.

Freshman Shaquille Tolbert rose up the depth chart. Tolbert, a cornerback last season, is the starter at strong safety.

Sophomore Lamar Johnson-Harris, who started nine games in 2011 but was a scout-team player last season, was one of Army’s top two cornerbacks this spring.

Here’s a list at the depth chart:

Quick: Dalton Mendenhall, Fr.; Holt Zalneraitis, Jr.; Derek Sanchez, Soph.; Justin Fahn, Fr.; Mitch McKearn, Jr.; Kyle Ricciardi, Fr. Injured: Colin Linkul, Soph.
DT: Robert Kough, Soph.; Jacob Owens, Fr.; Mike Ugenyi, Soph.; Jonas Niusulu, Fr.; Injured: Clayton Keller, Jr.
NG: T.J. Atimalala, Fr.; Richard Glover, Soph.; Shane Finnane, Sr.; Khodadod Kia, Fr.
DT: Joe Drummond, Soph.; Ryan Alexander, Fr.; Kyle Maxwell, Jr.; Wyatt Wilkerson, Fr. Injured: Evan Finnane, Fr.
WHIP: James Kelly, Soph.; Jarrett Mackey, Jr.; Kyle Fleming, Fr.; Jim Forgrave, Soph.; A.J. Armstrong, Soph. Injured: Julian Holloway, Soph. and Corey Watts, Jr.
MLB: Colby Miller, Jr.; Gino DeBartolo, Soph.; Tyler McLees, Fr.; Greg Bender, Fr.; Tunde Akinniyi, Soph. Injured: Marcus Poling, Fr.
Rover: Thomas Holloway, Jr.; Addison Holstein, Soph.; Curtis Gardner, Fr. Injured: Alex Meier, Fr. and Justin Trimble, Jr.
CB: Chris Carnegie, Fr.; Joey Giovannelli, Fr.; Cedrik Bell, Fr.; Mike McFadden, Fr.
CB: Lamar Johnson-Harris, Soph.; Jordan Crockett, Jr.; Isaac Winters, Soph. Injured: Marcus Avery, Soph.
SS: Shaquille Tolbert, Fr.; Luke Proulx, Fr.; Brady Earnhardt, Soph. Injured: Lyle Beloney, Jr. and Hayden Pierce, Soph.
FS: Geoff Bacon, Soph.; Stephen Ricciardi, Soph.; Reggie Nesbit, Jr.; Alex Waugh, Soph. DNP: Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires.

Players on roster but not listed on depth chart: CB/S Tyler Dickson; LB Zach Williams (injured, DNP); S Jarrett Brownfield

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