Most of the Charlotte 49ers’ starting spots are nailed down for this season. But there are six positions – three on offense, three on defense – where new players will be in the starting lineup.
The number of replacements might have been smaller, but three starters from 2013 – running back Alan Barnwell, linebacker Terry Caldwell and safety Martay Mattox – were thrown off the team for various rules violations. The other three – receiver Mikel Hunter, H-back C.J. Crawford and linebacker Mark Hogan – graduated.
Here are the six likely new starters (some are familiar names, some are not):
There will also be a change on the offensive line at left guard, where sophomore Casey Perry has overtaken versatile sophomore Mason Sledge. Perry, who came to Charlotte as a defensive lineman, did start four games last season, one at left guard. Sledge will be a valuable fill-in this season: he started at center and both guard positions in 2013.