The First Red Wolves 2-Deep of 2022 is Here

NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27: Photos of th 2022 Sun Belt Conference Football Media Days at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on July 27, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hey! Look! Some surprises.

Everybody loves a 2-deep, though sometimes a Butch Jones 2-deep is more a red herring than a document etched in stone. However, this 2-deep released for the opener with Grambling State seems legit enough.

QBJames BlackmanAJ Mayer
RBJohnnie LangBrian Snead
TEEmmanual StevensonSeydou Traore
WRTe’Vailance HuntKhyheem Waleed
WRChamp FlemingsReagan Ealy
WRJeff ForemanAdam Jones
LTMakilan ThomasNoah Smith
LGMekhi ButlerDarrell Harden
CEthan MinerChase Jessup
RGJordan RhodesErnesto Ramirez
RTRobert HolmesElijah Zollicoffer
KDominic ZvadaAidan Ellison
PRJohnnie LangChamp Flemings
KRJohnnie LangChamp Flemings
DEThurman GeathersDennard Flowers
DTJohn MinceyTerion Sugick
NTTW AyersTim Hardiman
DEKivon BennettEthan Hassler
LBMelique StrakerCam Jeffrey
LBJaden HarrisCruz Temple
CBKenneth HarrisSamy Johnson
STrevian ThomasTaylon Doss
SEddie SmithJustn Parks
CBLeon JonesDenzel Blackwell
PRyan HansonWilliam Przystup
Red Wolves 2-Deep, Week 1

The Kivon Bennett at Linebacker Experiment Appears to be Over

Much was made of Bennett assuming his father’s mantle at linebacker in the off season – until reports out of camp had the senior sack solicitor back at defensive end. Either Butch Jones likes what he sees from Melique Straker and Jayden Harris, or he just likes Bennet menacing QBs at defensive end.

Also, where is Colorado transfer Blayne Toll? Does his omission from the 2-deep offer clues as to why Bennett is back at defensive end?

True Freshmen Chase Jessup and Elijah Zollicoffer are Gonna See Minutes

All 349 pounds of Zollicoffer looks to spell starter Robert Holmes at right tackle for game one. Lake Hamilton freshman Chase Jessup might see some snaps at center subbing for Ethan Miner. As expected, Ole Miss transfer Jordan Rhodes makes an immediate impact starting at right guard.

TW Ayers is Your Starting Nose Tackle

Former linebacker, defensive end, full back TW Ayers has earned a spot in the center of the defensive line. He’s not exactly sized like Ryan Carruthers, but at 275 pounds he may have some unexpected quickness in the trenches.