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Texas Longhorns Game Week: Depth Chart Versus Iowa State

The new depth chart for this weekend's game is up at MB-TF.

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Flanker (Z) 11 James Kirkendoll | 1 Mike Davis      
Sub B 84 Marquise Goodwin | 5 John Chiles      
Tight End (Y) 83 Greg Smith | 89 Barrett Matthews      
Right Tackle 72 Britt Mitchell | 70 Paden Kelley      
Right Guard 67 Mason Walters | 76 Trey Hopkins      
Center 78 David Snow | 73 Garrett Porter      
Left Guard 63 Michael Huey | 79 Thomas Ashcraft

Left Tackle 64 Kyle Hix | 54 Mark Buchanan      
Split End (X) 9 Malcolm Williams | 4 Darius White      
Quarterback 7 Garrett Gilbert | 6 Case McCoy | 18 Connor Wood
Tailback 28 Fozzy Whittaker |
Tre' Newton
D.J. Monroe
31 Cody Johnson
H-Back 83 Greg Smith |
21 Chris Whaley      
Fullback 30 Ryan Roberson | 41 Jamison Berryhill      
Place-Kicker 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ      


Defense and special teams after the jump...

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Buck 32 Eddie Jones | 44 Jackson Jeffcoat      
Tackle (Nose) 91 Kheeston Randall | 96 Calvin Howell | 85 Ashton Dorsey
Tackle 80 Alex Okafor | 93 Tyrell Higgins      
End 81 Sam Acho | 92 Reggie Wilson      
Strongside LB 18 Emmanuel Acho | 9 Dravannti Johnson      
Middle LB 42 Dustin Earnest OR 11 Jared Norton | 18 Emmanuel Acho
Weakside LB 1 Keenan Robinson | 18 Emmanuel Acho      
Right CB 4 Aaron Williams OR 8 Chykie Brown | 23 Carrington Byndom
Right Safety 21 Blake Gideon |
Adrian Phillips
Left Safety 6 Christian Scott OR 16 Kenny Vaccaro      
Left CB 3 Curtis Brown | 7 A.J. White      
Nickel 4 Aaron Williams | 16 Kenny Vaccaro      
Punter 47 John Gold | 19 Justin Tucker      

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 3 Curtis Brown OR 4 Aaron Williams      
Kickoff Returns 84
Marquise Goodwin
D.J. Monroe

Aaron Williams
Christian Scott
Kickoffs 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ      
Holder 86 Cade McCrary | 47 John Gold      
Deep Snapper (PAT/FG) 83 Greg Smith | 72 Britt Mitchell      
Deep Snapper (Punts) 48 Alex Zumberge | 49 Trey Wier      


A few thoughts:

  • James Kirkendoll and Marquise Goodwin taking over the starting jobs at flanker and Sub B, respectively, is probably more about the injuries to Mike Davis and John Chiles than about exceptionally strong play from either of the current starters. Expect Davis at least to earn some significant reps against Iowa State if he's fully healthy.
  • Greg Smith appears to have taken over the tight end role that was used less against Nebraska than in previous games. The appearance of the unused H-back position on the depth chart is almost a joke.
  • Fozzy Whittaker remains the starter and DJ Monroe falls to fourth on the depth chart behind Tre' Newton and Cody Johnson, who both appeared fully healthy against Nebraska following the bye week. It's perhaps questionable whether Monroe even got many reps during the week off to catch up on the playbook and the health of the other backs is probably the latest excuse from the coaching staff for Monroe not getting carries.
  • Alex Okafor has taken over the second defensive tackle position next to Kheeston Randall, which is disappointing in regards to the play of Tyrell Higgins and Calvin Howell, but is welcome because the Longhorns had to have someone step into the void left by the departure of Lamarr Houston to the NFL.
  • No real changes on defense or special teams and besides some shuffling of the running backs and the almost meaningless listings of the receivers, there probably won't be many changes for the rest of the season barring injuries. It is worth noting that Jordan Hicks is not on the depth chart despite coming in to back up Keenan Robinson when he left with his injury, even though Emmanuel Acho stayed on the strongside and Dravannti Johnson remained on the bench.
  • Mack Brown did note during his press conferences that none of the injuries sustained during the Nebraska game (Keenan Robinson and Kenny Vaccaro both had to leave, for instance) should keep any players out for the game against Iowa State.