Texas Longhorns football: Fall camp depth chart

Erich Schlegel

Who's ready for some football?

The Texas Longhorns are now less than two weeks away from their opener against New Mexico State, which means that it's time to take another look at how the first depth chart against the Aggies might look.

OFFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Wide Receiver (H) 8 Jaxon Shipley | 27
Daje Johnson | 11 Jacorey Warrick
| 13 Chevoski Collins
Wide Receiver (Z) 2 Kendall Sanders | 16 Bryant Jackson
| 9 John Harris

| 88 Montrel Meander
Tight End (Y) 82 Geoff Swaim OR
85
MJ McFarland
| 81 Greg Daniels

| 9 John Harris | 17 Miles Onyegbule
Right Tackle 78 Josh Cochran | 74 Taylor Doyle | 76 Kent Perkins
Right Guard 72 Mason Walters | 62
Curtis Riser
Center 55 Dominic Espinosa | 73 Garrett Porter | 50 Jake Raulerson
Left Guard 75 Trey Hopkins | 66 Sedrick Flowers


Left Tackle 51 Donald Hawkins | 68 Kennedy Estelle
Wide Receiver (X) 1 Mike Davis | 80 Marcus Johnson | 86 Jake Oliver
Quarterback 14
David Ash
| 6 Case McCoy
|
18 Tyrone Swoopes



| 3 Jalen Overstreet
Tailback 32 Johnathan Gray | 28 Malcolm Brown
| 24 Joe Bergeron
| 3 Jalen Overstreet
Fullback 36 Alex De La Torre
| 13 Chet Moss |

Place-Kicker 9 Anthony Fera OR 28 Nick Jordan | 23 Nick Rose

DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Buck 44 Jackson Jeffcoat
| 1 Shiro Davis | 52 Bryce Cottrell
Tackle (Nose) 90 Malcom Brown | 96 Chris Whaley | 81 Hassan Ridgeway
Tackle 85 Ashton Dorsey
| 99 Desmond Jackson
| 65 Marcus Hutchins
Strong End 88 Cedric Reed
| 92 Reggie Wilson | 42 Caleb Bluiett
Strongside LB 3 Jordan Hicks | 11 Tevin Jackson | 8 Aaron Benson
Middle LB 33 Steve Edmond | 55 Dalton Santos |
Weakside LB 19 Peter Jinkens | 11 Tevin Jackson
| 35 Kendall Thompson
CB 6 Quandre Diggs | 29 Sheroid Evans OR 21 Duke Thomas
Free Safety 2 Mykkele Thompson |
25 Josh Turner
Strong Safety 17 Adrian Phillips | 26 Adrian Colbert | 16 Kevin Vaccaro
CB 23 Carrington Byndom | 31 Leroy Scott
| 16 Bryson Echols
Punter 14 Williams Russ
OR 9 Anthony Fera




SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 6 Quandre Diggs | 8 Jaxon Shipley | 27 Daje Johnson
Kickoff Returns 27 Daje Johnson
| 21 Duke Thomas
OR 6 Quandre Diggs


| 2 Mykkele Thompson
Kickoffs 23 Nick Rose | 28 Nick Jordan
Holder 86 Cade McCrary |
Snapper (PAT/FG) 37 Nate Boyer | 45 Kyle Ashby
Snapper (Punts) 45 Kyle Ashby | 37 Nate Boyer

Notes

-- The coaches have had a lot of positive things to say about junior college tight end transfer Geoff Swaim, who has always been known as a blocker, but showed more ability in the passing game as a senior than expected. While he's still not blowing anyone away as a big-play threat, reports out of practice indicate that he's more steady than McFarland, who is listed here as a co-starter because he'll still see significant playing time when the Horns want a flex tight end on the field. However, look for Swaim to be the choice when the offense needs an attached tight end.

--  The right tackle position continues to be an area of concern for Texas. It's been some years since Taylor Doyle was considered a viable option outside and Kent Perkins would benefit from a redshirt season. If Desmond Harrison doesn't get to play this season -- and the prognosis still seems grim there -- Trey Hopkins may have to move back outside with the second team, which could reduce his time with the first team, thrusting Sedrick Flowers into a bigger role.

-- The pressure is on for guys like Flowers, Kennedy Estelle, and Curtis Riser. If they can't get it done, the upside of this team is severely limited.

-- The most important player on the team is David Ash. A hamstring injury has slowed down Tyrone Swoopes this fall and his development has taken a similar hit, perhaps because of the injury or just because things are moving too fast for him at the moment. Mack Brown doesn't think he's ready at this point and that means that Case McCoy again looks entrenched in the back-up role, though Texas may need to play Swoopes this season in order to have a back up with some experience next season.

-- After Malcom Brown, who seems like a no-brainer to start, there still doesn't seem to be much separation between Ashton Dorsey, Chris Whaley, and Desmond Jackson. The inclusion of Marcus Hutchins on the depth chart isn't because he's ahead of Paul Boyette and Alex Norman, but rather because he's switched sides of the line and that's notable. Hopefully Hutchins is a better defensive tackle than he was an offensive lineman.

-- It never really made that much sense, but Texas is indeed playing Jordan Hicks on the strong side and Peter Jinkens on the weak side, though Jinkens would seem to be a better fit on the strong side where he could play a hybrid position and keep three linebackers on the field. Meanwhile, Steve Edmond seems to have separated from Dalton Santos, so there is no longer an --OR-- at that position.

-- Texas doesn't list a nickel corner on their official depth charts, so Quandre Diggs is still the starter at the boundary position, though the real battle is actually between Sheroid Evans and Duke Thomas. Evans is the starter at the moment, but expect Thomas to see significant playing time as well.

-- In the kicking game, the battles at place kicker and punter reflect the comments from Brown late last week. As for the return game, those positions are more speculative at this time, but with no freshmen likely to make an impact there, the spring game probably represented a fair indication of where things still stand.

Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Complaints?

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Want to know more about why the Texas defense fell apart last season and how Manny Diaz can fix it? What about insight into Major Applewhite's influences and how they will impact the new Texas offense? Or why you should believe in David Ash making the jump this season? Get all the answers in 2013 In the Huddle: Texas.

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