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TCU depth chart shows new starting receivers Williams, Porter

TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin waits for his turn in warmup drills at the Horned Frogs’ spring scrimmage on April 1 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The sophomore is shown as the starting H-back on the first TCU depth chart of the fall.
TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin waits for his turn in warmup drills at the Horned Frogs’ spring scrimmage on April 1 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The sophomore is shown as the starting H-back on the first TCU depth chart of the fall. Star-Telegram

On the same day Kenny Hill was named starting quarterback, TCU released a depth chart showing new starters at receiver, tight end, defensive tackle and free safety.

Taj Williams, rated the No. 1 receiver in junior college last season, exits fall camp as the starting X-receiver, and Emanuel Porter won the job at the Y-receiver, the spot played by Josh Doctson.

At tight end, Cole Hunt is listed as the starter. He is the brother of former center Joey Hunt, and coach Gary Patterson said he has rare skill for a TCU tight end.

“We haven’t really had a tight end in a while that could block and also run vertical and catch balls,” Patterson said.

The backup at tight end is listed as Charlie Reid, who was first-string after the spring.

Emanuel Porter, who caught three touchdown passes last season, is the starter at Y-receiver, the spot played by Josh Doctson the past two seasons.

At kicker, Brandon Hatfield and Ryan Graf are listed as co-starters. One will have to kick in the first game and possibly second because projected starter Jonathan Song is out with a stubbed toe.

The punter is Adam Nunez, who Patterson has raved about. He is also the holder.

“I”m scared to say anything good about it, the way he’s punted the last week – really the last two weeks,” Patterson said. “It’s about unbelievable for a freshman.”

Defensively, Joseph Broadnax won a job at defensive tackle, where he will pair with Aaron Curry. At 300 pounds, Broadnax will be the heaviest starting defensive lineman.

Niko Small left spring in competition with junior college transfer Markell Simmons for the free safety job and is now listed as the starter.

The offensive line remained unchanged out of spring — left tackle Joseph Noteboom, left guard Patrick Morris, center Austin Schlottman, right guard Matt Pryor and right tackle Aviante Collinis.

Lucas Niang moved up to the backup right tackle, bumping David Bolisomi to backup left tackle.

The backup receivers are Deante’ Gray and Desmon White at H-back (for starter KaVontae Turpin), Jarrison Stewart and Isaiah Graham at X, John Diarse at Y and Jaelan Austin at Z.

10Receivers listed on the depth chart, including newcomers Taj Williams, Isaiah Graham and John Diarse.

Defensive ends Josh Carraway and James McFarland are backed up by Tipa Galeai and Isaiah Chambers at left end and Mat Boesen and Brandon Bowen at right end, respectively.

Chris Bradley, L.J. Collier are the second-string defensive tackles.

The starting linebackers remain Montrel Wilson and Travin Howard, although Howard did not practice while recovering from what people close to the team said was an appendectomy. Patterson said if Howard can’t go in the season opener, Sammy Douglas will start. The other backup linebackers are Ty Summers and Tyree Horton.

Denzel Johnson returns as the starting strong safety, backed up by Innis Gaines. Nick Orr is the starting weak safety, backed up by Kenny Iloka. Patterson said Orr could also go in at free safety, if necessary.

At cornerback, Jeff Gladney held on to the spot opposite Ranthony Texada. Vernon Scott of Mansfield Summit is a backup, along with Tony James.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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