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WQAM Headlines: Canes Depth Chart For LSU, Marlins Bullpen Crumbles

Alex Donno
August 30, 2018 - 11:55 am

As we bask in the glory of regular season football being right around the corner, let's not forget that the Miami Marlins are still out there doing... well... things. We'll get to them, AND FOOTBALL, in this week's WQAM Headlines. 

The Miami Hurricanes' first depth chart of the regular season has dropped. You can see full illustrations here, courtesy of State Of The U.  A few things that jump out to me: 

At backup quarterback, it's Cade Weldon OR N'Kosi Perry. The competition to be Malik Rosier's understudy is still open. Meanwhile, Mark Richt has made it clear that true freshman Jarren Williams is the number four. He will likely redshirt this season. Even so, the new redshirt rules would allow him to play in up to four games this year. 

At running back, ultra-talented true freshman Lorenzo Lingard is not listed. Neither is Miami's other 5-star recruit, wide receiver Mark Pope. Clearly, Richt is sending a message that true freshmen need to earn their stripes. 

Unless, you play tight end... In this case, the lack of depth gives an opportunity for a true freshman to conquer a starting role. That's exactly what 4-star recruit Brevin Jordan has done. He sits above Brian Polendey and Will Mallorey in the pecking order at that position. 

The Miami Dolphins will play their preseason finale tonight in Atlanta. Don't expect to see any projected starters for either team, but some interesting position battles will take shape. You can find a full report here on the backup QB competition between David Fales and Brock Osweiler.  I'm expecting Fales to win this job, as he's stlightly younger and seemingly has a higher ceiling at this point than Osweiler. 

It will be interesting to see how many wide receivers the Dolphins keep. Their top five is seemingly set with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant. There's a chance they could keep six, meaning the stakes are high for Leonte Carroo, Isaiah Ford, and Francis Owusu, who are all fighting tooth and nail to make the roster. 

Wednesday was not a good look for the Miami Marlins bullpen. Their seventh inning was described as a "bloodbath" by the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer. Four relievers allowed 11 runs on 12 hits during that disasterous seventh, which saw a 5-3 Marlins lead morph into a 14-6 loss. 

An unhappy Don Mattingly broke down what went wrong...

The Marlins dropped to 53-81 on the season.