Texas Longhorns football: First depth chart released

Cooper Neill

The coaching staff sent some messages with the release of the depth chart.

Prior to Mack Brown's Monday press conference, the Texas Longhorns unveiled the first depth chart of the fall on Monday morning as they prepare for the season opener against New Mexico State on Saturday.

OFFENSE
Wide Receiver (H)
4 Daje Johnson
11 Jacorey Warrick
Wide Receiver (Z)
9 John Harris
8 OR Jaxon Shipley
Tight End (Y)
82 Geoff Swaim
81 OR Greg Daniels
85 M.J. McFarland
Right Tackle
78 Josh Cochran
77 Kennedy Estelle
Right Guard
72 Mason Walters
76 Kent Perkins
62 OR Curtis Riser
Center
55 Dominic Espinosa
73 Garrett Porter
Left Guard
75 Trey Hopkins
66 Sedrick Flowers
Left Tackle
51 Donald Hawkins
68 Desmond Harrison
Wide Receiver (X)
1 Mike Davis
7 Marcus Johnson
Quarterback
14 David Ash
6 Case McCoy
18 Tyrone Swoopes
Tailback
32 Johnathan Gray
28 Malcolm Brown
24 OR Joe Bergeron
Fullback
36 Alex De La Torre
13 Chet Moss
Place-Kicker
4 Anthony Fera
28 Nick Jordan

DEFENSE
Strong End
88 Cedric Reed
92 Reggie Wilson
Tackle (Nose)
90 Malcom Brown
81 Hassan Ridgeway
94 OR Alex Norman
Tackle
96 Chris Whaley
99 Desmond Jackson
Buck End
44 Jackson Jeffcoat
1 Shiro Davis
91 OR Bryce Cottrell
Strongside LB
19 Peter Jinkens
11 Tevin Jackson
Middle LB
33 Steve Edmond
55 Dalton Santos
Weakside LB
3 Jordan Hicks
35 Kendall Thompson
Cornerback
21 Duke Thomas
29 Sheroid Evans
Free Safety
2 Mykkele Thompson
26 Adrian Colbert
Strong Safety
17 Adrian Phillips
31 Leroy Scott
Cornerback
23 Carrington Byndom
15 Bryson Echols
Nickel
6 Quandre Diggs
17 Adrian Philips
Punter
4 Anthony Fera
19 Will Russ

SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt Returns
6 Quandre Diggs
4 Daje Johnson
Kickoff Returns
21 Duke Thomas
2 AND Mykkele Thompson
4 Daje Johnson
11 AND Jacorey Warrick
Kickoffs
23 Nick Rose
28 Nick Jordan
Holder
86 Cade McCrary
19 Will Russ
Snapper (PAT/FG)
37 Nate Boyer
45 Kyle Ashby
Snapper (Punts)
37 Nate Boyer
45 Kyle Ashby

The base personnel grouping looks like it will be 11 personnel as expected, but with Daje Johnson working as the hybrid player and no Kendall Sanders on the field, who didn't make the initial depth chart, which features Marcus Johnson as the back up to Mike Davis and John Harris as the surprising co-starter with Jaxon Shipley, a good sign that Harris may be ready to contribute for the first time.

Another surprise is the placement of Greg Daniels as the co-starter with junior college transfer Geoff Swaim after a fall camp that featured little to no buzz on the progress of the former defensive player who made the move to tight end last season.

Along the offensive line, the shocker is that Curtis Riser isn't the back up at right guard, but is listed as a co-starter there with Kent Perkins, who hasn't been reported as playing any on the inside -- perhaps the coaches simply wanted to include Perkins on the depth chart, even though there isn't room to list him at tackle. The odd thing about that is that Perkins has his name listed first in the co-starter relationship.

Defensively, the absence of Ashton Dorsey at defensive tackle is extremely glaring -- the word is that Hassan Ridgeway probably isn't ready and Alex Norman seems like a year or so away, so this is a clear message from the coaching staff that Dorsey isn't where he needs to be entering his final season on campus, a significant disappointment given how productive he was at times last year. At this point, it may just be a bonus if he can contribute at the same level he did in 2012.

At linebacker, the only real change is that Jordan Hicks is now listed on the weakside and Peter Jinkens is on the strongside, the positions that always made the most sense for them to play. No other real news at the position, which hasn't had a lot of intrigue surrounding it this fall in terms of competitions with Dalton Santos clearly falling behind Steve Edmond in the middle.

In the secondary, Duke Thomas is the somewhat surprising starter over Sheroid Evans, though both should be seeing playing time. Listing Quandre Diggs at nickel, a position that didn't previously exist on the depth chart, is an acknowledgement of just how often Texas actually has to use that personnel grouping and that there is a cornerback competition that was essentially being left off of the depth chart in previous seasons as a result.

Anthony Fera is the starter at place kicker and punter, leaving Will Russ once again on the outside looking in at punter. Meanwhile, those calling for Mykkele Thompson to have the ball in his hands should be satisfied with his role as a starting kick returner along with Duke Thomas, while Diggs is the expected starter over Daje Johnson on punt returns, meaning that Shipley is no longer in consideration for that role.

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