Wescott got us started with a look at a projected post-spring depth chart for the Longhorns offense, and we can't have one without the other, so let's take a stab at projecting the depth charts for defense and special teams coming out of spring practice.
If you watched the spring game, you know that Manny Diaz played things simple and straightforward, showing little in the way of the exotic looks for which his defenses are known. We also saw the Texas defense play a lot more 4-3 than they will be playing against the pass-happy, spread-em-out offenses of the Big 12.
For purposes of the present exercise, I went ahead and projected the depth chart assuming full health from the returning roster -- thus, my penciling in of Diggs, Jeffcoat, and Phillips to the two-deep. And you'll note that with the exception of early enrollee Duke Thomas, I have not included any incoming true freshmen, despite the fact that several players -- Malcom Brown and Toshiro Davis, for example -- are likely to find themselves on the two deep come fall. Wescott will spend some time in a separate post contemplating which true freshmen are likely to contribute on the field this fall.
|Buck||44||Jackson Jeffcoat|||||88||Cedric Reed|
|Tackle (Nose)||99||Desmond Jackson||OR||99||Brandon Moore|
|Tackle||85||Ashton Dorsey|||||96||Chris Whaley|||||69||Kyle Kriegel|
|Strong End||80||Alex Okafor|||||92||Reggie Wilson|
|Strongside LB||3||Jordan Hicks|||||42||Tevin Jackson|
|Middle LB||33||Steve Edmond|||||5||Aaron Benson|
|Weakside LB||15||Demarco Cobbs|||||35||Kendall Thompson|
|Right CB||28||Quandre Diggs|||||2||AJ White||OR||21||Duke Thomas|
|Free Safety||4||Kenny Vaccaro|||
||7||Mykkele Thompson||OR||31||Leroy Scott|
|Strong Safety||17||Adrian Phillips|||||29||Sheroid Evans|
|Left CB||23||Carrington Byndom|||||25||Josh Turner|
|Nickel||4||Kenny Vaccaro|||||17||Adrian Phillips|
|Punt Returns||8||Jaxon Shipley||OR||28||Quandre Diggs|||||7||Mykkele Thompson|
|Kickoff Returns||26||DJ Monroe|||||7||Mykkele Thompson|||||2||Marquise Goodwin|
|Kickoffs||14||William Russ|||||31||Ben Pruitt|
|Punter||14||William Russ|||||31||Ben Pruitt||OR||14||David Ash|
Based on what you saw last year and in the spring game, what's your early projected depth chart for these two units?