Will it be Johnny McCrary or Wade Freebeck at quarterback for Vanderbilt in their season opener? Even though the Commodores have released their first media guide of the season, the answer isn't clear.
Derek Mason unveiled the Commodores' starters at 18 different positions on Monday, but QB wasn't one of them. McCrary and Freebeck shared the "-or-" designation when it came to the starting role behind center. Here's how that depth chart looks, courtesy of Chad Bishop:
Here's Vanderbilt's depth chart for Thursday pic.twitter.com/irlzNy1gqo— Chad Bishop (@MrChadBishop) August 31, 2015
Here are the other key takeaways from Derek Mason's first official roster release of 2015.
1. Nehemiah Mitchell will replace Kyle Woestmann. Mitchell beat out Landon Stokes for the outside linebacker position across from Stephen Weatherly.
2. Trent Sherfield is a starting wide receiver. Sherfield beat out the field to earn the coveted WR1 designation for Thursday. Latevius Rayford led the team's wideouts in receptions last fall, but he's no lock to start the opener. He'll have to beat out Kris Kentera for the WR2 spot.
3. Blake Fromang and Will Holden are your starting tackles. It looks like Holden will replace the injured Andrew Jelks at left tackle.
4. Jay Woods held off Nifae Lealao at defensive tackle, but it's a near certainty that we'll see plenty of each player on Thursday.
5. Taurean Ferguson and Tre Herndon are still battling for the starting spot across from Torren McGaster.
6. The VU Media Guide STILL doesn't know how to spell Caleb Azubike's last name.
7. When Tre Herndon returns kicks, the media will refer to him as "Ty."
There weren't too many surprises in Mason's first depth chart, but it will remain to be seen how strongly he sticks to it once play starts on Thursday. The second-year coach has mentioned that he plans to play up to 80 athletes at home games this fall. If that's the case, he'll have to ditch the two-deep for a five-deep when it comes time to send players out on the field.
UPDATE: As The Sky is Falling points out below, a slightly different depth chart has been uploaded to VUCommodores.com - but there's still no word on Vandy's official starting QB.