STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State football released its first depth chart on Monday ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPNU.
The most notable part of the depth chart is the “or” at starting quarterback, but that’s not abnormal for programs led by Mike Leach. Sophomore Will Rogers and South Alabama transfer Chance Lovertich will compete for the starting job.
At the starting running back spot, sophomores Jo’quavious Marks and Dillon Johnson also got the “or” treatment, while redshirt senior Austin Williams and sophomore Jaden Walley are battling for the starting spot at the “Y” receiver.
There are also two special teams position battles at punter and long snapper. Redshirt senior Tucker Day and redshirt sophomore Archer Trafford will compete for the punting duties, while either redshirt freshman Hayes Hammond or redshirt freshman Colby Cox will handle the long-snapping duties.
Week 1 Depth Chart:
Wide receiver (X)
Wide receiver (H)
Albert Reese IV
Wide receiver (Y)
Wide receiver (Z)
Rodney Groce Jr.
Shawn Preston Jr.