UT Football 2012: Post-Spring Depth Chart, Defense & Special Teams

Apr 1, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns corner back Leroy Scott (31) intercepts a pass during the first half of the spring game at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Wescott got us started with a look at a projected post-spring depth chart for the Longhorns offense, and we can't have one without the other, so let's take a stab at projecting the depth charts for defense and special teams coming out of spring practice.

If you watched the spring game, you know that Manny Diaz played things simple and straightforward, showing little in the way of the exotic looks for which his defenses are known. We also saw the Texas defense play a lot more 4-3 than they will be playing against the pass-happy, spread-em-out offenses of the Big 12.

For purposes of the present exercise, I went ahead and projected the depth chart assuming full health from the returning roster -- thus, my penciling in of Diggs, Jeffcoat, and Phillips to the two-deep. And you'll note that with the exception of early enrollee Duke Thomas, I have not included any incoming true freshmen, despite the fact that several players -- Malcom Brown and Toshiro Davis, for example -- are likely to find themselves on the two deep come fall. Wescott will spend some time in a separate post contemplating which true freshmen are likely to contribute on the field this fall.

DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Buck 44 Jackson Jeffcoat | 88 Cedric Reed
Tackle (Nose) 99 Desmond Jackson OR 99 Brandon Moore
Tackle 85 Ashton Dorsey | 96 Chris Whaley | 69 Kyle Kriegel
Strong End 80 Alex Okafor | 92 Reggie Wilson
Strongside LB 3 Jordan Hicks | 42 Tevin Jackson
Middle LB 33 Steve Edmond | 5 Aaron Benson
Weakside LB 15 Demarco Cobbs | 35 Kendall Thompson
Right CB 28 Quandre Diggs | 2 AJ White OR 21 Duke Thomas
Free Safety 4 Kenny Vaccaro |
7 Mykkele Thompson OR 31 Leroy Scott
Strong Safety 17 Adrian Phillips | 29 Sheroid Evans
Left CB 23 Carrington Byndom | 25 Josh Turner
Nickel 4 Kenny Vaccaro | 17 Adrian Phillips


SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 8 Jaxon Shipley OR 28 Quandre Diggs | 7 Mykkele Thompson
Kickoff Returns 26 DJ Monroe | 7 Mykkele Thompson | 2 Marquise Goodwin
Kickoffs 14 William Russ | 31 Ben Pruitt
Punter 14 William Russ | 31 Ben Pruitt OR 14 David Ash

Based on what you saw last year and in the spring game, what's your early projected depth chart for these two units?

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