Texas Longhorns Game Week: Depth Chart Versus Texas Tech

OFFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Flanker (Z) 1 Mike Davis OR 5 John Chiles      
Sub B 11 James Kirkendoll | 84 Marquise Goodwin      
Tight End (Y) 89 Barrett Matthews OR 83 Greg Smith | 85 Ahmard Howard
Right Tackle 72 Britt Mitchell | 70 Paden Kelley      
Right Guard 67 Mason Walters | 76 Trey Hopkins      
Center 78 David Snow | 73 Garrett Porter      
Left Guard 63 Michael Huey | 79 Thomas Ashcraft

 
Left Tackle 64 Kyle Hix | 54 Mark Buchanan      
Split End (X) 9 Malcolm Williams | 4 Darius White      
Quarterback 7 Garrett Gilbert | 6 Case McCoy | 18 Connor Wood
Tailback 28 Fozzy Whittaker |
31 Cody Johnson OR
23 Tre' Newton
H-Back 83 Greg Smith |
21 Chris Whaley      
Fullback 30 Ryan Roberson | 41 Jamison Berryhill      
Place-Kicker 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ      


Defense, special teams and analysis after the jump...

DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Buck 32 Eddie Jones | 44 Jackson Jeffcoat      
Tackle (Nose) 91 Kheeston Randall | 85 Ashton Dorsey OR 96 Calvin Howell
Tackle 93 Tyrell Higgins | 80 Alex Okafor      
End 81 Sam Acho | 92 Reggie Wilson      
Strongside LB 9 Dravannti Johnson | 18 Emmanuel Acho      
Middle LB 18 Emmanuel Acho | 42 Dustin Earnest OR 11 Jared Norton
Weakside LB 1 Keenan Robinson | 33 Jordan Hicks      
Right CB 4 Aaron Williams OR 8 Chykie Brown | 23 Carrington Byndom
Right Safety 21 Blake Gideon |
17
Adrian Phillips
     
Left Safety 6 Christian Scott OR 16 Kenny Vaccaro      
Left CB 3 Curtis Brown | 7 A.J. White      
Nickel 4 Aaron Williams | 3 Curtis Brown      
Punter 47 John Gold | 19 Justin Tucker      

SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 3 Curtis Brown OR 4 Aaron Williams      
Kickoff Returns 84
26
Marquise Goodwin
D.J. Monroe
|

4
6
Aaron Williams
Christian Scott
     
Kickoffs 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ      
Holder 86 Cade McCrary | 47 John Gold      
Deep Snapper (PAT/FG) 83 Greg Smith | 72 Britt Mitchell      
Deep Snapper (Punts) 48 Alex Zumberge | 49 Trey Wier      

 

  • Obviously, the easy place to start here is the revolving door at tailback, as Fozzy Whittaker becomes the third starter in as many weeks for Texas and earns the coveted mantel of Flavor of the Week at the position. Three weeks, three new flavors!
  • Since the revolving door at tailback was basically anticipated, the bigger news perhaps is the ascension of Mike Davis to a co-starter in just two weeks of action. The opportunity came with Chiles a little dinged up after catching a pass on a crossing route and Davis took full advantage. It's not likely that he's going to turn in 100-yard receiving games every week, but there's little doubt at this point that he looks like a major contributor moving forward.
  • Another true freshman wide receiver, Darius White, is now listed on the depth chart for the first time as the back-up to Malcolm Williams at split end.
  • With the season-ending injury to back-up left tackle Luke Poehlmann, Mark Buchanan, who has received no significant action to this point in his career, slides into that role. It's the second major injury along the offensive line this fall after Tray Allen re-injured his foot and it's starting to wear on the depth at the position -- things could start getting ugly if another starter goes down.
  • EBS is now listed as a co-starter with Barrett Matthews at the tight end position. A false start against Matthews hurt the team against Wyoming and though he's been adequate as a blocker along the line of scrimmage, he hasn't been an asset in the passing game. But then, neither has EBS to this point in his career.
  • Converted linebacker Ryan Roberson is now the starter at fullback and appears to have taken over for Jared Norton as the Jumbo package lead blocker, a role he succeeded in against Wyoming clearing the path for Cody Johnson.
  • Another blown coverage by Chykie Brown has finally manifested itself on the depth chart, where Aaron Williams is now listed first in their co-starter relationship. Last week, Williams was listed as a co-starter with Curtis Brown at the other cornerback position. Kenny Vaccaro is now longer a co-starter in the nickel, with Curtis Brown taking over that role. However, Brown's continued struggles at times being a physical tackler make it unlikely that he will see any playing time there.
  • A third-string tackle last week, Calvin Howell is now listed as the co-back-up with Ashton Dorsey at nose tackle, a move further inside for the redshirt freshman.
  • No listed changes on special teams, although Malcolm Williams did make at least one appearance as the deep man with DJ Monroe.
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