The summer tumult in the Texas Longhorns looks like it’s now over — junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown is back on campus, junior linebacker Juwan Mitchell and junior wide receiver Brennan Eagles are both practicing as well, and two players, junior cornerback Anthony Cook and redshirt junior Kobe Boyce, both departed the program.
So with preseason camp looming and the players now going through on-field workouts several times a week, it’s time to take another look at the projected depth chart for this season with some extra insight provided by Thursday’s roster update.
Projected depth chart
|QB||Sam Ehlinger||11||Casey Thompson||8||Hudson Card||1||Ja'Quinden Jackson||3|
|RB||Keaontay Ingram||26||Roschon Johnson||8||Bijan Robinson||5||Daniel Young||32|
|XWR||Brennan Eagles||13||Marcus Washington||15||Al'Vonte Woodard||9||Troy Omeire||82|
|HWR||Jake Smith||16||Jordan Whittington||21||Dajon Harrison||88|
|ZWR||Josh Moore||14||Tarik Black||0||Kennedy Lewis||84||Kelvontay Dixon||86|
|YTE||Cade Brewer||80||Malcolm Epps||85||Jared Wiley||18||Brayden Liebrock||89|
|LT||Sam Cosmi||52||Reese Moore||76||Isaiah Hookfin||65||Andrej Karic||69|
|LG||Junior Angilau||75||Willie Tyler||55|
|C||Derek Kerstetter||68||Rafiti Ghirmai||74||Jake Majors||65|
|RG||Tyler Johnson||72||Tope Imade||67||Logan Parr||71|
|RT||Denzel Okafor||78||Christian Jones||70||Jaylen Garth||77|
|DE||Moro Ojomo||98||Marqez Bimage||42||Jacoby Jones||36||Vernon Broughton||48||Alfred Collins||95|
|NT||Keondre Coburn||99||T'Vondre Sweat||93|
|DT||Ta'Quon Graham||49||Daniel Carson||88||Myron Warren||92||Sawyer Goram-Welch||91|
|JACK||Joseph Ossai||46||Byron Vaughns||50||Prince Dorbah||32|
|MLB||Juwan Mitchell||6||David Gbenda||33||Cort Jaquess||57||Jaylan Ford||41|
|WILL||DeMarvion Overshown||31||Ayodele Adeoye||40||Marcus Tillman, Jr.||13||Jaden Hullaby||55|
|CB||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Josh Thompson||29||Jahdae Barron||30|
|S||Caden Sterns||7||Montrell Estell||39||Xavion Alford||23|
|S||BJ Foster||25||Chris Brown||15||Tyler Owens||44||Jerrin Thompson||28|
|CB||Jalen Green||3||Kenyatta Watson II||2||Marques Caldwell||24||Kitan Crawford||19|
|SPUR||Chris Adimora||11||Chris Brown||15|
|P||Ryan Bucjevski||8||Cameron Dicker||17|
|H||Ryan Bucjevski||8||Zach Edwards||43|
|DS||Justin Mader||54||Zach Edwards||43|
|KR||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Jake Smith||16||Montrell Estell||39||Jordan Whittington||21|
|PR||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Jake Smith||16|
— On the offensive side of the ball, the only change since the last update is moving redshirt senior Tope Imade over to right guard to better reflect the fact that Imade and redshirt freshman Tyler Johnson are the most likely contenders at that position.
— After an offseason of working out at running back, sophomore Roschon Johnson remains ahead of consensus five-star prospect Bijan Robinson until there is reason to believe that Robinson has passed Johnson.
— If he can stay healthy, I’m more bullish on Michigan graduate transfer wide receiver Tarik Black beating out redshirt sophomore Joshua Moore for a starting role than I was when Black committed. Moore is a more explosive athlete, but Black has plenty of speed and almost 50 pounds on the 169-pound Moore, which could make a significant difference with blocking in the screen game, running game, or even in beating press coverage. When Texas wants to get physical at the position, expect Black on the field at Z.
— Keep an eye on senior defensive end Marqez Bimage. He’s still listed behind Ojomo here, but is a breakout candidate after dropping nearly 20 pounds and moving further outside to benefit his explosiveness. There’s a strong chance that Bimage could become the team’s second-best edge rusher by the end of the season.
— Since Texas classifies the Jack position as a LB on the roster, the listing of redshirt junior Reese Leitao as a defensive lineman indicates that he’ll compete at the crowded defensive end position.
— It’s still not clear what the Horns will do with freshmen Vernon Broughton (290 pounds) and Alfred Collins (305 pounds). So far, the apparent plan is to let them compete at the defensive end position, but it’s rare for a four-down defensive front to have such heavy defensive ends. It’s possible that defensive coordinator Chris Ash could use them as Todd Orlando used his defensive ends heads up or inside the shoulder of opposing offensive tackles.
— With 10 players listed at defensive end and defensive tackle here, as well as only two clear nose tackles in redshirt sophomore Keondre Coburn and sophomore T’Vondre Sweat, both of whom are nearly 350 pounds, Texas has an overload of options at two defensive line positions, but not nearly as many at nose tackle or Jack, where junior Joseph Ossai is the only proven contributor beyond special teams. Redshirt sophomore Byron Vaughns did drop about 20 pounds in the offseason, so that’s worth watching to see how that impacts his mobility in space and his ability to play around the line of scrimmage. Or perhaps his weight was simply vastly inflated last year.
— It’s not surprising that Texas will give athlete Jaden Hullaby a shot at linebacker. He’s not really big enough at 217 pounds to compete for playing time at tight end, he never really projected as a college running back, and the Longhorns need more depth at linebacker. It will be interesting to track his development there, but he’s almost certainly a long-term project at the position.
— Smoothing things over with Mitchell and Overshown were really huge developments for head coach Tom Herman and his staff. If either or both ended up sitting out the season, Texas would be in serious trouble at linebacker. As it stands, the Horns are in pursuit of Wildcats graduate transfer linebacker Tony Fields II, who would be a strong addition to the team with his blend of instincts and productivity.
— Look for redshirt freshman Kenyatta Watson II to push for playing time with redshirt junior Kobe Boyce stepping away from football. Getting him some experience last season while still maintaining his redshirt status should be a tremendous boost for Watson in 2020.
— What happens at the Spur position with junior Anthony Cook in the transfer portal and no longer listed on the roster? After gaining nearly 30 pounds over the last year and flashing at times, especially in the Alamo Bowl against Utah, Chris Adimora looks like the clear starter, but without any availabilities since Cook’s departure, it’s not clear who else will play the position.
— There are three candidates in redshirt junior Josh Thompson, junior BJ Foster, and redshirt senior Chris Brown. Thompson and Foster both competed for the job in preseason camp last year, then suffered early-season injuries that forced Brandon Jones into the nickel role. Despite the experience there for Thompson and Foster, Brown might the best bet.