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Texas releases Notre Dame depth chart

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The ‘Horns have co-starters at quarterback. How unexpected! (It was totally expected.)

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Head coach Charlie Strong declined to release the traditional game-week depth chart last Monday, but finally revealed his starters several hours before kick off of the season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish:

OFFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
IR 86 Jake Oliver | 13 Jerrod Heard


OWR 1 John Burt | 8 Dorian Leonard


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


Right Tackle 58 Brandon Hodges | 75 Tristan Nickelson


Right Guard 76 Kent Perkins | 63 Alex Anderson


Center 56 Zach Shackelford | 64 Jake McMillon


Left Guard 77 Patrick Vahe | 72 Elijah Rodriguez


Left Tackle 55 Connor Williams | 65 Jean Delance

OWR 3 Armanti Foreman | 85 Collin Johnson


IR 11 Jacorey Warrick | 80 Devin Duvernay

Quarterback 18 Tyrone Swoopes OR 7 Shane Buechele


RB 33 D'Onta Foreman OR 25 Chris Warren


Place Kicker 17 Trent Domingue | 38 Mitchell Becker



DEFENSE
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 | 94 Gerald Wilbon


Strong End 91 Bryce Cottrell | 90 Charles Omenihu


Middle LB 46 Malik Jefferson | 30 Tim Cole


Strongside LB 45 Anthony Wheeler | 35 Edwin Freeman


CB 9 Davante Davis | 29 Sheroid Evans


Free Safety 31 Jason Hall | 4 Deshon Elliott


Strong Safety 14 Dylan Haines | 18 Kevin Vaccaro

CB 5 Holton Hill | 2 Kris Boyd


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


Punter 13 Michael Dickson | 38 Mitchell Becker



SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 11 Jacorey Warrick | 5 Holton Hill


Kickoff Returns 11 Jacorey Warrick AND 2 Kris Boyd


Kickoffs 17 Trent Domingue


Holder 15 Trey Holtz

Snapper (PAT/FG) 53 Jak Holbrook
39 Michael David Poujol
Snapper (Punts) 39 Jak Holbrook
39 Michael David Poujol

The big surprises that stand out are junior Brandon Hodges starting over junior Tristan Nickelson at right tackle and the experienced wide receivers in junior Jake Oliver and senior Jacorey Warrick holding starting roles, though Oliver and Warrick have both received plenty of praise from Strong in recent weeks.

Along the offensive, Hodges getting the starting nod on the right side is probably more a result of Nickelson's recent ankle injury. In positive news on that front, sophomore Patrick Vahe and freshman Zach Shackelford are both healthy enough to earn the starting roles. Hopefully they are also healthy enough to compete at a high level against a good Notre Dame defensive front.

The return game also features a bit of an upset in sophomore Holton Hill showing at as the back-up punt returner. Less surprising is Warrick earning the start in both return phases.

Notable as well is the presence of freshman Gerald Wilbon on the depth chart at defensive tackle -- he's the only freshman of the five at the position to make it. Notable in his absence is freshman Brandon Jones, who is apparently still working behind senior Kevin Vaccaro at the position.