On Monday, the Texas Longhorns released the depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, providing some resolution for the position battles that occurred starting in spring practice and continuing into preseason camp.
Here it is:
Texas depth chart
|QB||Sam Ehlinger||11||Casey Thompson||8||Roschon Johnson||2|
|RB||Keaontay Ingram||26||Jordan Whittington||21|
|XWR||Collin Johnson||9||Malcolm Epps||83||Al'Vonte Woodard|
|HWR||Devin Duvernay||6||Jake Smith||16||Jordan Pouncey||86|
|ZWR||John Burt||1||Brennan Eagles||13|
|YTE||Cade Brewer||80||Reese Leitao||81||Jared Wiley||18||Brayden Liebrock||89|
|LT||Sam Cosmi||52||Tyler Johnson||72||Javonne Shepherd||77|
|LG||Junior Angilau -or-||75||Parker Braun||73||Tope Imade||67|
|C||Zach Shackelford||56||Rafiti Ghirmai -or-||74||Derek Kerstetter||68|
|RG||Derek Kerstetter -or-||68||Junior Angilau||75||JP Urquidez -or-||71||Willie Tyler||55|
|RT||Denzel Okafor||78||Christian Jones -or-||75||JP Urquidez -or-||*|
|DE||Malcolm Roach||32||Marqez Bimage -or-||42||Jacoby Jones||36|
|NT||Keondre Coburn||99||Moro Ojomo||98||Gerald Wilbon||94||D'Andre Christmas-Giles||55|
|DE||Ta'Quon Graham||49||T'Vondre Sweat||93||Jamari Chisholm||91|
|BLB||Joseph Ossai||46||Byron Vaughns||50|
|MLB||Ayodele Adeoye -or-||40||Juwan Mitchell||6||Marcus Tillman, Jr.||13|
|ROV||Jeffrey McCulloch||23||David Gbenda -or-||33||Caleb Johnson||40|
|CB||Kobe Boyce -or-||38||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Donovan Duvernay||27|
|S||Caden Sterns||7||Chris Brown -or-||15||DeMarvion Overshown||31|
|S||Brandon Jones||19||Montrell Estell||39|
|CB||Jalen Green||3||Anthony Cook||4||Kenyatta Watson II||2|
|NB||BJ Foster||25||Josh Thompson||29|
|PK||Cameron Dicker||17||Chris Naggar||45|
|P||Ryan Bujcevski||8||Cameron Dicker||17|
|H||Ryan Bujcevski||8||Cade Brewer||80|
|DS||Justin Mader||54||Zach Edwards||43|
|KR||Devin Duvernay||6||Jake Smith||16||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Montrell Estell||39|
|PR||Jake Smith||16||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Brandon Jones||19|
- With sophomore Brennan Eagles sidelined for part of preseason camp due to arthroscopic surgery on his elbow, senior John Burt is the surprise starter at the Z receiver position, aided by the move of redshirt freshman Al’Vonte Woodard to X and the suspension of sophomore Joshua Moore.
- Offensive line coach Herb Hand likes to ride with his five best offensive linemen, but it looks like redshirt freshman Junior Angilau and graduate transfer Parker Braun will rotate at the left guard spot against Louisiana Tech.
- Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando cross trains his linebackers, but it’s notable that sophomore Juwan Mitchell has made enough of an impact at Mac to earn a role as a co-starter, while freshman David Gbenda and sophomore Caleb Johnson are working at Rover.
- A strong preseason camp for sophomore Kobe Boyce has him listed ahead of sophomore D’Shawn Jamison, leaving sophomore Anthony Cook as the back up to sophomore Jalen Green, who looks like he’ll start the season as the team’s best cornerback.
- Inside at nickel, it’s certainly no surprise that sophomore BJ Foster won the job over junior Josh Thompson. Given Foster’s admitted need to improve in areas like man coverage, block destruction, and block separation, earning the starting role bodes well for his ability to do those things effectively.
- Look for freshman Jake Smith to make an impact on special teams after two seasons of mediocrity on kick returns and punt returns.