Reader LSMFT took a stab at the 2008 depth chart on Wednesday; as promised in the comments, I have some follow-up thoughts. We'll start with the offense:
My season opener projection, with brief commentary:
||Brandon Collins||DJ Grant
|LG||Charlie Tanner||Michael Huey
||Montre Webber||Dan Buckner
|QB||Colt McCoy||Sherrod Harris
|| DeSean Hales
General: Eliminated the FB position, which isn't a big part of the offense / Didn't go three-deep where the projection is too speculative / Avoided slotting John Chiles & Curtis Brown at WR (let's talk in August).
Projection Note: The above is for the opening game only. One important thing to emphasize is that the situation has to be considered extremely fluid at RB, WR, and along the OL - one of several reasons why I'm not sold on 2008 as Texas' year to win any titles.
QB: I think we're going to see a shift on the QB depth chart behind McCoy, with Harris assuming back up duties and Chiles being used as an all-purpose roamer. This is a good thing. Texas needs a Jeremy Maclin-type threat on the field, and Chiles is as good a bet as any. Use the kid and let the more polished Harris develop as the #2 QB.
RB: McGee between the tackles, Whittaker given every chance to show home run potential, and OG as our third-down specialist.
WR: If there's a surprise breakout on offense for Texas this year, part of the formula involves Malcolm Williams erupting. Call it a hunch.
OL: The projected group I have won't be the starters by bowl season. The situation on the OL looks great for 2009-10. This year is to sort out who's who.