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Arizona football depth chart: Wildcats make small changes ahead of Grambling State matchup

A small change to the linebacking situation for Arizona

NCAA Football: Arizona vs Brigham Young Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

When the Arizona Wildcats took the field for the first time against the BYU Cougars, the actual lineup was totally aligned with the week one depth chart.

So let’s take a look at the week two depth chart:

The offensive side is exactly the same, including the "co-starter" labels at quarterback and running back.

Special teams is slightly different thanks to a Matt Morin injury and the kicking game sorting itself out on Saturday.

It’s on defense where the minor adjustments are most interesting.

Paul Magloire and Michael Barton are now listed as co-starters at WILL linebacker, while Jake Matthews has moved into Barton’s old spot of being the backup MIKE linebacker.

Rich Rodriguez seemed to not know about this change.

"Okay, that’s good. Good for Michael," Rodriguez said when asked about it at Monday’s press conference. "Biggest reason I think there’s an or there is that we gotta get Michael in the game more. He played a few snaps last weekend, but he’s an active guy, and we didn’t get him in the game as much as we'd like, so he’ll play a lot more this weekend."

Barton did not record a single tackle against BYU, but was instrumental in a couple of key defensive drives in the second half, leading Cougar ball-carriers towards another impending tackle.

Magloire led the team with ten total tackles, two for loss, but he’d probably be the first one to tell you that he should have had more.

Other than that, there are no real changes. Rodriguez did say that Brandon Dawkins is likely to see some playing time the next two weeks as Arizona prepares for Pac-12 play. Also, Orlando Bradford and J.J. Taylor are likely to get more than one touch apiece like they did on Saturday.

The Wildcats take the field next on Saturday night when the Grambling State Tigers come to Tucson. That game is set to kick off at 7:45 PM PT.