The 10th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks released their depth chart Monday, and while there was nothing absolutely shocking listed, there were two first-year wide receivers officially named as starters in true freshman Mekale McKay and junior Brandon Mitchell.
Brandon Mitchell has been named a first-team wide receiver.
Mitchell, a backup quarterback, made the move to wide receiver during the summer after he and senior quarterback Tyler Wilson discussed it, then received the approval of the coaching staff. He was one of Wilson's favorite targets at the start of camp.
"He’s a big body that runs and catches and is a factor out there," Coach John L. Smith said of Mitchell. "He can create some mismatches. He’s just had a great fall camp. And he creates some problems for people."
McKay also had a very good camp, Smith said, "and you’re going to see a lot of these freshmen play."
"In fact, he’s going to play. (Wide receiver Keon) Hatcher’s going to play. There’s a lot of freshmen are going to end up playing. We’re going to play (linebacker A.J.) Turner. He’s gong to play. (Linebacker Otha) Peters is going to play. I can go on and on. They’ll be a bunch of freshmen playing this year."
In all, four true freshmen appear on the depth chart.
When Arkansas received its pre-spring depth chart in March, juniors Julian Horton and Javontee Herndon were both listed as starting wide receivers. They are now listed second at their positions.
Some other noteworthy items from the depth chart:
-- Senior Kiero Small is listed as the first-team fullback again this year, but he's also listed as the second-team middle linebacker.
-- Senior Jason Peacock, a starter at offensive tackle in 2011, continues to be listed as a second-teamer after having a legal issue in the spring.
-- Senior DeQuinta Jones has supplanted junior Robert Thomas as a starting defensive tackle.
-- And at linebacker, two players listed as starters prior to the spring -- senior Matt Marshall and sophomore Braylon Mitchell -- now do not appear on the depth chart.
For the complete depth chart, click HERE.