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Charlotte 49ers go with experience on football depth chart

Charlotte 49ers running back Kalif Phillips rushed for 1,441 yards last season as a sophomore.
Charlotte 49ers running back Kalif Phillips rushed for 1,441 yards last season as a sophomore. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte 49ers’ football depth chart was released Tuesday, with no major surprises.

Coach Brad Lambert, whose team makes its Football Bowl Subdivision debut Friday afternoon in Atlanta against Georgia State, is going with experience and familiarity to start the season.

“I call them our ‘old guys,’ and we’re going into the season with a good group of experienced players,” Lambert said.

Lambert announced last week that Matt Johnson, the 49ers’ starter in its inaugural 2013 season and again last year until suffering a knee injury, had won the competition as No. 1 quarterback.

Kalif Phillips, a junior who rushed for 1,441 yards last season, will be the starting running back. Lambert said Andrew Buie, a graduate transfer from West Virginia, will get playing time at that position.

Uriah LeMay, a former standout at Butler High who transferred to the 49ers from Georgia, is listed as No. 2 at wide receiver behind junior Trent Bostick. LeMay is a redshirt sophomore. Bostick was second on the team in receiving yardage last fall.

Notes

49ers on TV: At least 10 of the 49ers’ 12 games this season will be televised. WCCB (Ch. 18) , the 49ers’ local television partner, will air six games – Sept. 12 (the noon home opener against Presbyterian); Sept. 26 (7 p.m., home against Florida Atlantic); Oct. 17 (3:30 p.m., at Old Dominion); Oct. 24 (noon, home against Southern Mississippi); Nov. 7 (noon, at Florida International); and Nov. 28 (3:30 p.m., at Rice).

Charlotte’s season opener at 3:30 p.m. Friday will be carried by ESPNU. CBS Sports Network will carry the Oct. 2 home game (7 p.m., Temple); and Fox Sports will air home games on Oct. 31 (Marshall; time TBA) and Nov. 14 (Texas-San Antonio, time TBA).

No TV plans have been announced for Charlotte’s Conference USA opener Sept. 19 at Middle Tennessee, or the Nov. 21 game at Kentucky.

Broadcast crew addition: Damione Lewis, who played college football at Miami and then in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, was added to the 49ers’ radio network crew. He replaces color analyst Kevin Donnalley, who has become offensive line coach. Lewis joins play-by-play man Matt Swierad and sideline reporter Bobby Rosinski. The games are carried in Charlotte on WFNZ (610 AM).

Charlotte 49ers’ depth chart

The chart (starters listed first, followed by No. 2 at that position):

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Matt Johnson (junior); Brooks Barden (freshman) or Lee McNeill (junior).

Running back: Kalif Phillips (junior); Andrew Buie (graduate).

Wide receiver: Trent Bostick (junior); Uriah LeMay (sophomore).

Wide receiver: T.L. Ford II (sophomore); Workpeh Kofa (freshman).

Slot: Austin Duke (junior); Chris Montgomery (sophomore).

H-back: Richard Murphy (senior); Justin Bolus (junior).

Left tackle: Jamal Covington (junior); Chris Brown (freshman).

Left guard: Casey Perry (junior); Mason Sledge (junior).

Center: Thomas La Bianca (junior); Jarred Barr (junior).

Right guard: Wolfgang Zacherl (sophomore); Nate Davis (freshman).

Right tackle: Danny Book (senior); Eugene German (sophomore).

DEFENSE

Defensive end: Brandon Banks (junior); Nick Carroll (sophomore) or Zach Duncan (freshman).

Nose tackle: Larry Ogunjobi (junior); Tanner Fleming (junior).

Defensive end: Devon Johnson (senior); James Middleton (junior).

Inside linebacker: Caleb Clayton-Molby (senior); Jordan Starnes (sophomore).

Inside linebacker: Nick Cook (junior); Karrington King (sophomore).

Outside linebacker: Daquan Lucas (junior); Zeph Grimes (graduate).

Outside linebacker: Desmond Floyd (graduate); Jalen Holt (junior).

Cornerback: Terrance Winchester (junior); Greg Cunningham Jr. (junior).

Cornerback: Tank Norman (junior); Anthony Covington (sophomore).

Safety: Branden Dozier (senior); Najee Tucker (freshman).

Safety: Devin Pearson (sophomore); Markevis Davis (sophomore) or Prince Mayela (junior).

SPECIALISTS

Kicker: Blake Brewer (junior); Stephen Muscarello (junior).

Punter: Arthur Hart (sophomore); Hayden Pezzoni (junior).

Long snapper: Keaston Sinicki (junior); Brian McDonough (freshman).

Holder: Lee McNeill (junior).

Punt returner: Corey Nesmith (junior); Austin Duke (junior).

Kickoff returns: Corey Nesmith (junior) and Austin Duke (junior); Mark Quattlebaum (freshman) and Chris Montgomery (sophomore).

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