ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback initiative continues this fall with Depth Chart Presented by Degree Men, a new series focusing on the quarterbacks competing for position within four powerhouse college football programs: University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Oklahoma State and University of Wisconsin. Depth Chart will debut Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and air on consecutive Wednesdays—October 12, October 19 and October 26—in the same time slot.
The series aims to offer a rarely-seen glimpse into the lives of these elite student-athletes. Hour-long installments at Auburn, Oklahoma State, and Wisconsin will chronicle the lives of QBs, from freshman recruit to incumbent senior, beginning with the rigors of training and practice and continuing through each school’s first home game. Depth Chart culminates at Arkansas with the final episode exploring how each QB on the depth chart prepares for game week.
Utilizing specialized cameras and lenses, the filmmakers will capture the drama playing out live on the field with a cinematic quality previously unseen in this genre on ESPN. Depth Chart is produced by ESPN Content Development and DLP Entertainment.
“Depth Chart is a perfect fit for our YQB initiative, which explores the complexities of being a quarterback both on and off the field,” says Vinnie Malhotra, executive producer, ESPN Content Development. “This position is so closely scrutinized that we created this series to draw back the curtain and really show fans what it takes to play quarterback in one of America’s top college football programs.”
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will narrate the series.
About Year of the Quarterback
Year of the Quarterback (YQB) is a year-long, in-depth examination of one of the most critical, coveted and talked-about positions in all of sports with content across all platforms including television, radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. YQB will delve into the topic to tell the story of the quarterback on and off the field and find a deeper understanding of the position, including the leadership qualities, recruitment and issues of race from the “blue chip” high school recruit to the Heisman hopeful and the NFL legend.