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Texas roster matrix: Horns down to 73 healthy players recruited on scholarship

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Tom Herman expects to use almost all of his scholarship players this season.

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The Texas Longhorns are now in the third week of preseason camp and so far, the Horns have only suffered a single long-term injury, suffered by breakout freshman wide receiver Troy Omeire.

Unfortunately, Texas is also down to 73 players recruited on scholarship as a result of two other previous long-term injuries — redshirt freshman running back Derrian Brown and redshirt freshman defensive end Peter Mpagi — three opt outs, and four walk ons who have received scholarships.

Roster matrix

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Total
Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Total
Hudson Card Casey Thompson Sam Ehlinger 4
Ja'Quinden Jackson
Bijan Robinson Roschon Johnson Keaontay Ingram Daniel Young* 5
Derrian Brown^
Kennedy Lewis Jake Smith Brennan Eagles Tarik Black 11
Troy Omeire^ Marcus Washington
Dajon Harrison Al'Vonte Woodard
Jordan Whittington Joshua Moore
Kelvontay Dixon
Brayden Liebrock Jared Wiley Cade Brewer 4
Malcolm Epps
Tyler Johnson Junior Angilau Sam Cosmi Derek Kerstetter 15
Isaiah Hookfin Rafiti Ghirmai Tope Imade
Jake Majors Reese Moore Denzel Okafor
Logan Parr Christian Jones
Jaylen Garth Willie Tyler*
Andrej Karic
Myron Warren T'Vondre Sweat Reese Leitao Ta'Quon Graham 12
Peter Mpagi^ Keondre Coburn Marqez Bimage*
Vernon Broughton Moro Ojomo Jacoby Jones
Sawyer Goram-Welch Daniel Carson
Alfred Collins
David Gbenda Byron Vaughns Joseph Ossai 13
Marcus Tillman Jr. Ayodele Adeoye Russell Hine**
Prince Dorbah Luke Brockermeyer** Cort Jaquess**
Jaylan Ford Juwan Mitchell
Jaden Hullaby DeMarvion Overshown
Kenyatta Watson II Chris Adimora Caden Sterns Chris Brown 17
Marques Caldwell Tyler Owens BJ Foster
Xavion Alford Jalen Green
Jerrin Thompson D'Shawn Jamison
Kitan Crawford Montrell Estell
Jahdae Barron Josh Thompson
Anthony Cook
Kobe Boyce^^
Ryan Bujcevski 3
Cameron Dicker 84
Justin Mader**
3
3
4
1
11

At the running back position, that means only three healthy scholarship players since senior Daniel Young opted out — Texas hasn’t had multiple injuries at the position and could easily move redshirt freshman Jordan Whittington back from running back — but it is an area of concern.

And the concern isn’t just about the normal injuries that happen in college football. Instead, the concern is that a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases, or the need to self isolate or quarantine multiple players in a position group, could leave Texas short of players at a particular position for one or more games.

In fact, that’s exactly what happened to Oklahoma recently when the team was attempting to go through a scrimmage following a recent cluster of cases.

“We had a day last week we were getting ready to do a scrimmage and had a COVID test come back and we lose all but one person at a position group, I mean a major position group on the field,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “We have to practice that day with a position where we had multiple players on the field at one time and we have one player, and we found out that night and then we’ve got practice the next morning.”

So Herman plans on using 80 to 90 percent of his scholarship roster this season due to the coronavirus. The Longhorns have altered practice as a result, mixing the second- and third-team players more frequently, in part because the team’s overall fitness level is blow the norm after so much time around campus.

Herman is keeping two key things in mind as he plans for the season.

“The one being myself as the head coach being cognizant of the fact that we just need some more blocks of just time devoted to the third group, but also the second part of that is making sure that those guys rotate in with the ones and twos — the ones and twos needed to because we’ve not quite been in the shape that we’re used to be in this time of year. Those guys have gotten some very valuable reps,” Herman said.

The players staying on-campus are in San Jacinto dorm and 90 percent overall plan to take online classes only, which will limit their exposure to the rest of the student body during class time.

Meanwhile, Herman continues to emphasize that the teams with the most discipline are going to set themselves up for success this season.

“The most mature, level-headed, rule-following teams are going to be the ones that have the best opportunity to win at a very high level this season and our guys are completely bought into that fact,” Herman said following the team’s first scrimmage.