Mississippi State's pre-spring depth chart

Mississippi State has released its pre-spring depth chart, and eight of the 22 starters right now are sophomores.

Obviously, a lot can change in the spring as players fight it out for positions. But this will again by a young Mississippi State team.

Even some of the older projected starters will only be in their second year in the program. Receiver Leon Berry and defensive end Pernell McPhee were junior college newcomers a year ago.

Over and above the quarterback battle, finding a replacement for Anthony Dixon will be a priority this spring. Juniors Robert Elliott and Vick Ballard are bracketed as co-No. 1s on the depth chart entering the spring.

On defense, Chris White is sliding inside to middle linebacker to replace the departed Jamar Chaney.

And remember Cameron Lawrence? He was an athletic 205-pound quarterback/defensive back when he came to Mississippi State a couple of years ago. Well, he's now a 225-pound sophomore outside linebacker and listed as a starter going into the spring.