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Projecting the Texas depth chart for the Alamo Bowl against Colorado

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Other than Montrell Estell’s position change, the biggest news is probably Jalen Green cross training at safety.

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The No. 20 Texas Longhorns will make the short trip down to San Antonio next Tuesday for the Alamo Bowl against the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school’s depth chart does not reveal which players will miss the game due to COVID-19 protocols and head coach Tom Herman declined to provide any further details beyond his Sunday comments that several players will be out. So several players listed below will not participate against the Buffaloes.

And there are also several players listed who have either opted out or are currently in the NCAA transfer portal in junior wide receiver Brennan Eagles, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Carson, and freshman Spur Xavion Alford.

In addition, the school’s depth chart does not reflect recent position changes — redshirt junior Montrell Estell from safety to wide receiver and the cross training of junior Jalen Green at cornerback and a suddenly-thin safety position.

So let’s attempt a more accurate look at the Colorado depth chart.

Colorado depth chart

11 Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
11 Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
QB Sam Ehlinger 11 Casey Thompson 8 Hudson Card 1
RB Roschon Johnson --or-- 2 Bijan Robinson --or-- 5 Keaontay Ingram 26
XWR Tarik Black 0 Montrell Estell 39
HWR Jake Smith 7 Jordan Whittington 4 Brenden Schooler --or-- 14 Kai Money 83
ZWR Joshua Moore 6 Al'Vonte Woodard 9
YTE Cade Brewer 80 Jared Wiley 18 Malcolm Epps --or-- 19 Brayden Liebrock 89
LT Andrej Karic --or-- 60 Reese Moore 76
LG Junior Angilau 75 Logan Parr 71
C Jake Majors 65 Rafiti Ghirmai 74
RG Denzel Okafor 78 Tope Imade --or-- 67 Tyler Johnson 72
RT Christian Jones 70 Tope Imade --or-- 67 Jaylen Garth 77
Defense
DE Moro Ojomo 98 Jacoby Jones 36
NT Keondre Coburn 99 T'Vondre Sweat 93 Sawyer Goram-Welch
DT Aflred Collins 95 Vernon Broughton 45
JACK Reese Leitao --or-- 81 Jett Bush 52 Prince Dorbah 32
MLB Juwan Mitchell 6 Cort Jacquess 57
WILL DeMarvion Overshown 0 David Gbenda 33 Jaylan Ford 41
CB D'Shawn Jamison 5 Jalen Green 3 Jahdae Barron 23
S BJ Foster 25 Jalen Green 3
S Jerrin Thompson 28 Tyler Owens 44
CB Josh Thompson 9 Kitan Crawford 21
SPUR Chris Adimora 11 Anthony Cook 30
Special Teams
PK Cameron Dicker 17 Erwin Von Nacher 38
P Cameron Dicker 17 Jack Geiger 40
H Zach Edwards 43 Jack Geiger 40
DS Justin Mader 54 Zach Edwards 43
KR D'Shawn Jamison 5 Bijan Robinson 5
PR D'Shawn Jamison 5 Jake Smith 7 Joshua Moore 6
Injured Peter Mpagi 45 heart
Derrian Brown 24 stroke
Troy Omeire 21 ACL
Jaylen Garth 77 chest
Ayodele Adeoye 40 shoulder
Ryan Bujcevski 7 knee
Isaiah Hookfin 73 shoulder
Keaontay Ingram 26 ankle
Opted out Daniel Young 32
Marqez Bimage 42
Willie Tyler 55
Dajon Harrison 14

— With Eagles out, Estell slots in at the X position. It’s possible that he could receive some playing time there behind graduate transfer Tarik Black, but it’s probably more likely that redshirt sophomore Joshua Moore spends some time at the X and graduate transfer Brenden Schooler fills in at Z, his more natural position than H.

— Freshman Andrej Karic is now officially the co-starter at left tackle following the injury to senior center Derek Kerstetter against Kansas State. Redshirt sophomore Christian Jones is no longer listed as the co-starter there and is solely back on the right side, where he’s started all season.

— Freshmen Logan Parr and Jaylen Garth both make appearances as the backup left guard and the co-backup at right tackle, respectively.

— Freshman Jake Majors is the starter at center. He was previously listed as a co-backup with redshirt sophomore Rafiti Ghirmai.

— The biggest surprise along the offensive line is redshirt senior Tope Imade listed as the co-backup to Jones at right tackle. Along with redshirt senior Denzel Okafor, the starter at right guard, Imade announced this week that he’ll return for the 2021 season.

— Freshman defensive tackle Alfred Collins is the starter with the opt out from senior Ta’Quon Graham. Since redshirt sophomore Daniel Carson recently entered the NCAA transfer portal and transferred to Western Illinois, freshman Vernon Broughton will serve as the backup to Collins at the three technique.

— Herman said that redshirt junior Reese Leitao and former walk-on Jett Bush will receive the majority of the snaps with the opt out of Joseph Ossai, but freshman Prince Dorbah could also receive some playing time, so he’s listed here on the depth chart.

— Alford is not included on the depth chart at Spur since he’s in the portal.

— With the opt outs from Caden Sterns and Chris Brown and Estell’s move to wide receiver, there’s not much depth at the safety position, but junior Jalen Green has been cross training there in practice and that’s a move that could stick with the arrival of McNeese State graduate transfer cornerback for the 2021 season.