Those players are running back Kirk Johnson, offensive lineman JP Urquidez, nose tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles, nose tackle Gerald Wilbon, and kicker/punter Chris Naggar.
The long journey for Johnson will come to an end even though he could file a waiver to regain a season of eligibility from 2017, when he only played in one game. As it is, Johnson’s remarkable persistent through numerous injuries resulted in four carries for 17 yards against West Virginia, his first touches at running back since suffering an injury in 2015.
With younger brother Collin graduating this season, however, Kirk will move on, too.
Urquidez was a late addition to Charlie Strong’s 2016 recruiting class after the scandal at Baylor, but never became a rotation player for the Longhorns. He’s listed as the co-third string right guard and the co-third string right tackle and has appeared in 13 games for Texas.
Christmas-Giles and Wilbon were also members of the same recruiting class and likewise struggled to make contributions on the Forty Acres.
A native of New Orleans, Christmas-Giles played in nine of his 17 career games during his true freshman season under Strong, but only made one appearance this year in the Rice game.
Wilbon was in line to compete for the starting nose tackle position after playing in all 14 games last season and recording eight tackles. A preseason knee injury derailed his season, however, resulting in only three appearances. Wilbon hasn’t played since the Oklahoma game.
Perhaps the most significant departure is from Chris Naggar, the backup placekicker and the team’s starting punter with the shoulder injury suffered by sophomore Ryan Bujcevski. Naggar is averaging 40.6 yards per punt in Bujcevski’s absence and is the only other kicker or punter on the roster beyond sophomore Cameron Dicker.
The five players who will move on are among 16 who will receive recognition after the Red Raiders after combining to play 458 games with the Longhorns, amassing 6,594 all-purpose yards and scoring 34 total touchdowns on offense and 482 career tackles, 45.0 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks on defense. Five of the six captains this season are from the senior class.
Here’s the full list:
- OL Parker Braun
- WR John Burt
- DL Jamari Chisholm
- DL D’Andre Christmas-Giles
- WR Devin Duvernay
- TE Austin Hibbetts
- WR Collin Johnson
- RB Kirk Johnson
- DB Brandon Jones
- LB Jeffrey McCulloch
- K Chris Naggar
- DB/RB Mason Ramirez
- OL Ishan Rison
- DL Malcolm Roach
- OL Zach Shackelford
- OL J.P. Urquidez
- DL Gerald Wilbon