The Texas Longhorns haven't released a depth chart since the Texas Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks, but head coach Charlie Strong did go into some detail after Saturday's scrimmage regarding the current starters.
So here's a look at the players who have made an impact in fall camp. The bolded players are the ones that Strong mentioned specifically, with best guesses made to fill out the rest of the depth chart:
|Wide Receiver (H)||83||Armanti Foreman|||||11||Jacorey Warrick||||
|Wide Receiver (Z)||7||Marcus Johnson|||||4||Daje Johnson||||
|Tight End (Y)||47||Andrew Beck|||||36||Alex De La Torre|||||6||DeAndre McNeal|
|Right Tackle||76||Kent Perkins|||||75||Tristan Nickelson|||||79||Garrett Thomas|
|Right Guard||77||Patrick Vahe|||||72||Elijah Rodriguez|
|Center||74||Taylor Doyle|||||50||Jake Raulerson|||||51||Terrell Cuney|
|Left Guard||66||Sedrick Flowers|||||58||Brandon Hodges|||||63||Alex Anderson|
|Left Tackle||55||Connor Williams|||||56||Marcus Hutchins||||
|Wide Receiver (X)||1||John Burt|||||8||Dorian Leonard|||||5||Lorenzo Joe|
|Tailback||32||Johnathan Gray|||||33||D'Onta Foreman|||||25||Chris Warren III|
|Place-Kicker||23||Nick Rose|||||28||Nick Jordan|
|Fox End||40||Naashon Hughes|||||49||Derick Roberson|||||90||Charles Omenihu|
|Tackle (Nose)||93||Paul Boyette, Jr.|||||99||Desmond Jackson|||||94||Alex Norman|
|Tackle||88||Hassan Ridgeway|||||95||Poona Ford|||||97||Chris Nelson|
|Strong End||1||Shiro Davis|||||91||Bryce Cottrell|||||92||Quincy Vasser|
|Middle LB||46||Malik Jefferson|||||55||Dalton Santos|||||30||Tim Cole|
|Weakside LB||19||Peter Jinkens|||||35||Edwin Freeman|
|CB||15||Bryson Echols|||||5||Holton Hill|||||9||Davante Davis|
|Free Safety||31||Jason Hall|||||18||Kevin Vaccaro|
|Strong Safety||44||Dylan Haines|||||26||Adrian Colbert|
|CB||21||Duke Thomas|||||25||Antwuan Davis|
|Nickel||24||John Bonney|||||3||Kris Boyd|
|Punter||38||Mitchell Becker|||||13||Michael Dickson|
|Punt Returns||23||Daje Johnson|||||11||Jacorey Warrick|||||17||Ryan Newsome|
|Kickoff Returns||83||Armanti Foreman||AND||23||Daje Johnson|
|7||Marcus Johnson*||AND||21||Duke Thomas*|
|Kickoffs||23||Nick Rose|||||28||Nick Jordan|
|Snapper (PAT/FG)||45||Kyle Ashby|
|Snapper (Punts)||45||Kyle Ashby|
A few notes:
- Strong said there are two offensive line positions still in play. Depending on where freshman Connor Williams starts (at either left tackle or right tackle), that will influence whether junior Kent Perkins is at right tackle or right guard and whether freshman Patrick Vahe is a back up or the starter at right guard. Since Vahe has been working with the first team for some time, the guess is that he's in the starting lineup and senior Marcus Hutchins is the first offensive lineman off the bench, pushing Williams to left tackle.
- Due to the recent emergence of senior Daje Johnson, he's basically the fourth starter among the wide receivers. And it won't matter much where the team lists each player because Strong said that they all cross train at the four different positions in order to find the best match ups.
- Strong admitted that junior Tyrone Swoopes would be the starter if the season started now, but added that redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard is "right there" and will play against Notre Dame.
- The big questions are tight end are whether freshman DeAndre McNeal is ahead of senior Alex De La Torre and whether sophomore Blake Whiteley will miss the season with his knee injury. Strong said on Saturday that the medical staff does not have a firm diagnosis yet as to whether his ACL is torn as reported.
- The defensive line goes 12-13 deep, according to the coaching staff, so it's hard to say who the starters will be, as Strong is happy with a number of players. Since senior Desmond Jackson was working with the twos recently, Boyette is the starter there along with the other more entrenched players who ended the spring as starters. Once junior Caleb Bluiett returns from injury, he'll also be in the mix at both defensive end positions.
- Watch for freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson to get the start against Notre Dame at middle linebacker since senior Dalton Santos is still working his way back from the ankle injury that ended his spring.
- Other than in the return game, the most difficult position to predict is cornerback, where there are three young players competing for one position and two upperclassmen trying to hold them off. Moving freshmen Holton Hill or Kris Boyd into that spot instead of junior Bryson Echols would be an easy move to make, but Strong said that while the freshmen are playing well, the older players are benefitting from the competition. Expect to see a rotation there early, especially against Rice.
- The special teams are the most difficult to predict, so the kick return unit in South Bend could look entirely different than the one predicted above, which wasn't even able to benefit from any live kicks in the Orange-White game.