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Projecting the Texas depth chart for season opener vs. Notre Dame

BON's take on which talented players will take the field first against the Fighting Irish.

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With the season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish only nine days away, Burnt Orange has decided to unleash our projected two-deep depth chart for the game. You can use this chart as a guide to keep up with the position battles, or to identify players when they take the field September 4th.

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Wide Receiver (H) 3 Armanti Foreman | 13 Jerrod Heard OR 86 Jake Oliver
Wide Receiver (Z) 1 John Burt | 8 Dorian Leonard

Tight End (Y) 42 Caleb Bluiett | 47 Andrew Beck

Right Tackle 75 Tristan Nickelson | 78 Denzel Okafor

Right Guard 76 Kent Perkins | 58 Brandon Hodges

Center 56 Zach Shackelford | 64 Jake McMillon

Left Guard 77 Patrick Vahe | 63 Alex Anderson

Left Tackle 55 Connor Williams | 65 Jean Delance

Wide Receiver (X) 85 Collin Johnson | 8 Dorian Leonard

Wide Receiver (Y) 11 Jacorey Warrick | 80 Devin Duvernay

Quarterback 18 Tyrone Swoopes | 16 Shane Buechele

Tailback 33 D'onta Foreman | 25 Chris Warren

Place Kicker 17 Trent Domingue | 38 Mitchell Becker

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Fox End 40 Naashon Hughes | 44 Brecklyn Hager

Tackle (Nose) 93 Paul Boyette, Jr. | 97 Chris Nelson

Tackle 95 Poona Ford | 55 Jordan Elliott OR 98 D'Andre Christmas
Strong End 91 Bryce Cottrell | 90 Charles Omenihu

Middle LB 46 Malik Jefferson | 30 Tim Cole

Strongside LB 45 Anthony Wheeler | 35 Edwin Freeman OR 23 Jeffrey McCulloch
CB 9 Davante Davis | 29 Sheroid Evans

Free Safety 31 Jason Hall | 4 Deshon Elliott

Strong Safety 14 Dylan Haines | 18 Kevin Vaccaro OR 19 Brandon Jones
CB 5 Holton Hill | 2 Kris Boyd

Nickel 11 P.J. Locke III | 25 Antwuan Davis

Punter 13 Michael Dickson | 38 Mitchell Becker

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 11 Jacorey Warrick | 80 Devin Duvernay

Kickoff Returns 11 Jacorey Warrick AND 80 Devin Duvernay

14 Kai Locksley

Kickoffs 17 Trent Domingue

Holder 15 Trey Holtz

Snapper (PAT/FG) 39 Michael David Poujol

Snapper (Punts) 39 Michael David Poujol

* Wide receiver Lorenzo Joe would crack the list if not for his hamstring injury.

The biggest question for the 'Horns may not be who starts at quarterback, but rather which freshman will step up to become starters in general? Current sophomore Holton Hill for example wasn't expected to make a monumental impact for Texas as a freshman, but emerged into being a mainstay at corner now in his second year.

Will No.1 overall safety recruit Brandon Jones earn a starting spot over former walk-on Dylan Haines or former three-star Jason Hall? Will Erick Fowler step up at inside linebacker despite minimal time spent with the team this summer?

Time will tell, but for next Sunday's match up, close position battles will likely go to the veterans, not the youngsters. That includes Tyrone Swoopes. The "Summer of Shane" was glorious, but now as we enter autumn, many writers are predicting that it will be Swoopes who will take the first snap.

Is an underperforming senior preferable to an overachieving freshman? As the reality of the high stakes opener hits, the answer may be: for the first drive, yes.