The Orange-White game for the Texas Longhorns on Saturday not only gave the public their first look at the new-look Horns under head coach Charlie Strong, but also provided a glimpse of what the post-spring depth chart looks like as the players begin Phase Three of the year -- summer conditioning.
Without further ado, then, here's the depth chart:
|Wide Receiver (H)||8||Jaxon Shipley|||||4
||Daje Johnson|||||11||Jacorey Warrick|
|Wide Receiver (Z)||2||Kendall Sanders|||||9||
|Tight End (Y)||82
|Right Tackle||77||Kennedy Estelle|||||71||Camrhon Hughes|
|Right Guard||74||Taylor Doyle|||||67||Rami Hammad|
|Center||55||Dominic Espinosa|||||50||Jake Raulerson|
|Left Guard||66||Sedrick Flowers|||||63||Alex Anderson|||||62||Curtis Riser|
|Left Tackle||68||Desmond Harrison|||||62||Darius James|
|Wide Receiver (X)||80||Marcus Johnson|||||88||Montrel Meander|
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|Place-Kicker||23||Nick Rose|||||28||Nick Jordan|
|Buck||1||Shiro Davis|||||91||Bryce Cottrell|
|Tackle (Nose)||90||Malcom Brown|||||94||Alex Norman|
|Strongside LB||19||Peter Jinkens|||||40||Naashon Hughes|
|Middle LB||33||Steve Edmond|||||55||Dalton Santos|||||47||Andrew Beck|
|Weakside LB||24||Tim Cole|||||7||Demarco Cobbs|
|CB||6||Quandre Diggs|||||16||Bryson Echols|
|Free Safety||25||Josh Turner|||
|Strong Safety||2||Mykkele Thompson|||||26||Adrian Colbert|||||18||Kevin Vaccaro|
|CB||21||Duke Thomas|||||25||Antwuan Davis|
|Punter||19||William Russ|||||35||Michael Davidson
|Punt Returns||6||Quandre Diggs|||||8||Jaxon Shipley|
|Kickoffs||23||Nick Rose|||||28||Nick Jordan|
|Snapper (PAT/FG)||37||Nate Boyer|||||45||Kyle Ashby|
|Snapper (Punts)||37||Nate Boyer|||||45||Kyle Ashby|
This depth chart does not include players who were injured in the spring game, as guessing which position they would slot into is basically a complete guessing game with only a few exceptions -- it would be pretty easy to put David Ash as the first-string quarterback and slot Kent Perkins at the first-team right guard slot after play caller and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson revealed last week that the plan was to move him inside to get the best five offensive linemen on the field.
After those two, it gets a little bit more difficult. Here's a list of players who missed the spring game -- running backs Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray, wide receiver Jake Oliver, tight end Greg Daniels, defensive tackle Paul Boyette, linebackers Deoundrei Davis, Kendall Thompson, Jordan Hicks, and Tevin Jackson, safety Erik Huhn, and cornerback Sheroid Evans.
Of those players, the serious attrition candidates are Boyette, who did not appear to be injured but was not dressed, Davis, who was not in attendance, and Thompson, who has suffered from multiple concussions.
And since Texas didn't kick off during the game, it's impossible to talk about kickoff returners at this time, but it does seem likely that Daje Johnson will not be among them right now.
Speaking of Johnson, one of the only real points of contention on the depth chart is where Johnson sits currently. He didn't start with the ones or the twos, but spent some time with the ones. Is he really in front of Jacorey Warrick right now? There's an argument to be made that he isn't and that may well be a message from the coaching staff, supported by the fact that Johnson wasn't featured in the backfield as a running back despite a lack of depth there and wasn't used on jet sweeps either, traditionally how he has gotten most of his touches. He still seems to have some work to do to earn the trust of the coaching staff.
Well, there's also the fact that walk-on safety Dylan Haines could probably have a spot on this depth chart after he started at one safety position with the second team, a message to the group that includes Adrian Colbert and Chevoski Collins, but it's hard to imagine Haines seeing playing time in the fall
Any thoughts on the depth chart? Any major surprises other than Curtis Riser working with the third team? Where do the injured players fit when they get back?