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Redshirt Watch: Tracking the Texas freshmen

Interestingly, another freshman saw the field for the first time against Cal.

Texas v California

It’s your favorite post of the week where we track which Texas Longhorns freshmen are still eligible for a redshirt. Let’s take a look at who’s seen the field up to this point.

There’s also a somewhat surprising new name that is no longer on track to redshirt.

Freshmen who’ve seen playing time through Week Three (15)

(If they have recorded stats, I’ve listed those next to their names as well)

  • QB Shane Buechele — 57 of 86 (66%), 720 yards, 7 TD’s, 2 INT (plus 1 rushing TD)
  • RB Kyle Porter — 8 carries for 35 yards, 2 KR for 29 yards
  • WR Collin Johnson — 3 reception for 22 yards
  • WR Devin Duvernay — 1 reception for 10 yards, 6 kick returns for 130 yards
  • WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey — 1 reception for yards
  • C Zach Shackelford — starting center
  • OL Jean Delance - reserve offensive lineman
  • OL Denzel Okafor — reserve offensive lineman
  • DE Malcolm Roach — 7 TT, 2 TFL, 2 sacks
  • DT D’Andre Christmas — 1 TT
  • DT Gerald Wilbon — reserve DT (no stats)
  • DL Jordan Elliott — 2 TT, 1 TFL
  • LB Jeffery McCulloch — 6 TT
  • S Brandon Jones — 3 TT, 2 blocked punts (got a piece of another), 1 safety, 2 PR for 33 yards
  • DB Donovan Duvernay — Interestingly enough, Devin’s twin brother saw the field for the first time... though there are no stats to report.

Against Cal, a total of 11 freshmen got in the game: Shane Buechele, Zach Shackelford, Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay, Donovan Duvernay, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Denzel Okafor, Brandon Jones, Jeffrey McCulloch, Malcolm Roach, and Jordan Elliott.

— Shane Buechele and Zach Shackelford were the only freshmen to start on both offense and defense.

— Both Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay caught passes on offense, with Duvernay recording the first of his Texas career for 10 yards.

— I don’t remember seeing Donovan Duvernay on the field, so I’m assuming he played on special teams.

— Malcolm Roach continued to be a bright spot on defense and should be in serious consideration to start over incumbent Fox end Naashon Hughes.

— Brandon Jones once again made the most of his limited playing time by blocking another punt that resulted in a safety, while also returning a punt for 19 yards.

He’s another freshman defender that absolutely needs to be on the field more. I’d have him starting at safety for the OSU game if I were calling the shots.

— Kyle Porter, D’Andre Christmas, Gerald WIlbon, and Jean Delance did not against Cal.

Freshmen still on track to redshirt (13)

  • WR Davion Curtis
  • WR Reggie Hemphill-Mapps
  • TE Peyton Aucion
  • OL Tope Imade
  • OL J.P. Uriquidez
  • OL Patrick Hudson
  • DL Marcel Southall
  • DL Chris Daniels
  • DE Andrew Fitzgerald
  • DE/OLB Erick Fowler
  • LB Demarco Boyd
  • DB Chris Brown
  • DB Eric Cuffee

With Donovan Duvernay seeing the field against Cal, the list of potential redshirts for the freshmen has now dropped to 13.

That’s it for this week. We’ll check back here in two weeks after Texas travels to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.