On Saturday, the Texas Longhorns held the first Orange-White game in two years as head coach Steve Sarkisian’s team made its public debut in a 20-12 victory for the White team.
More importantly, Sarkisian’s decision to pair the first-team offense and second-team defense on the Orange team against the second-team offense and first-team defense, along with assigning injured players based on where they likely sit on the depth chart, afforded a deep look into how the depth chart is developing.
Post-spring depth chart
|QB||Casey Thompson||11||Hudson Card||1||Charles Wright||14|
|RB||Bijan Robinson||5||Roschon Johnson||2||Gabriel Watson||31||Daniel Young||32|
|XWR||Troy Omeire||21||Marcus Washington||15||Montrell Estell||39|
|HWR||Jordan Whittington||4||Jake Smith^||7||Kelvontay Dixon||16||Kai Money||84||Dajon Harrison^||30|
|ZWR||Joshua Moore||6||Al'Vonte Woodard||9||Jaden Alexis||13|
|YTE||Cade Brewer||80||Jared Wiley||18||Gunnar Helm||85||Juan Davis||81||Brayden Liebrock^||89|
|LT||Christian Jones||70||Jaylen Garth||77|
|LG||Denzel Okafor||78||Tyler Johnson||72||Hayden Conner||76|
|C||Jake Majors||65||Rafiti Ghirmai^||74||Logan Parr||71|
|RG||Junior Angilau||75||Isaiah Hookfin||73|
|RT||Derek Kerstetter^||68||Andrej Karic||69||Tope Imade||67|
|JACK||Ray Thornton||46||Prince Dorbah||32||DJ Harris Jr.^||40|
|NT||Keondre Coburn||99||T'Vondre Sweat^||93||Sawyer Goram-Welch||91|
|DT||Moro Ojomo||98||Alfred Collins||95||Vernon Broughton||45||Myron Warren||92|
|DE||Jacoby Jones||36||Jett Bush||52|
|MIKE||David Gbenda||33||Terrence Cooks II||35||Marcus Tillman Jr.||13|
|WILL||DeMarvion Overshown^||0||Jaden Hullaby^||29||Luke Brockermeyer||47|
|CB||D'Shawn Jamison||5||Jahdae Barron||23||Jamier Johnson||31|
|SS||Brenden Schooler||14||BJ Foster||25||JD Coffey||27|
|FS||Jerrin Thompson||28||Tyler Owens||44||Marques Caldwell||24|
|CB||Josh Thompson||9||Darion Dunn||4||Kitan Crawford||21|
|NICKEL||Chris Adimora||1||Anthony Cook||11|
|PK||Cameron Dicker||17||Erwin Von Nacher||38|
|P||Ryan Bucjevski^||8||Isaac Pearson||*|
|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|
— At the quarterback position, adding an —or— between Casey Thompson and Hudson Card would make sense, as there wasn’t really any separation between the two on Saturday. However, with Denzel Okafor saying that Thompson has received most of the first-team reps and with Sarkisian declining to give Card any reps with the first team in the Orange-White game, Thompson holds the QB1 label for now.
— With Gabriel Watson averaging 6.5 yards per carry and looking decisive as a runner during the scrimmage, the super senior graduate transfer gets the nod as RB3. The question mark with Watson is if he can catch the ball more consistently out of the backfield than he did on Saturday.
— Right now, Derek Kerstetter looks like the most likely player to fill the right tackle role this fall with the praise for Okafor during spring practice seemingly cementing him as a starter. Moving Andrej Karic into the swing tackle role should help the team this fall. Offensive line coach Kyle Flood using Tyler Johnson and Isaiah Hookfin inside while playing Tope Imade at right tackle with the second-team offensive line also seems notable.
— One of the big surprises from the Orange-White rosters was Moro Ojomo working with the first-team defensive line. Ojomo always seemed out of place last year at defensive end and now he’s back at a more natural position next to Keondre Coburn and took advantage with three sacks and five tackles overall.
— Prince Dorbah flashed against the second-team offensive line with six tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack. The next few months will be big for him as he tries to hang onto his spot on the depth chart backing up Ray Thornton with transfers Ovie Oghuofo and Ben Davis both arriving this summer.
— The addition of New Mexico State transfer Devin Richardson probably reduces the odds that former walk-on linebacker Luke Brockermeyer plays significant snaps this season, but during halftime, Sarkisian praised Brockermeyer for taking coaching and creating turnovers throughout spring practice. Brockermeyer had three tackles in the Orange-White game.
— Besides Ojomo playing with the first-team defense over Alfred Collins, former wide receiver Brenden Schooler starting over BJ Foster at safety was an upset and another disappointing development for Foster, who has failed to capitalize on his lofty rankings and the promise he showed as a freshman. Schooler struggled bringing down Bijan Robinson in the open field, a common affliction, and finished with three tackles.
— When the Texas first-team offense went to 12 personnel, Schooler dropped down into the box to play as the strong-side linebacker with nickel Chris Adimora moving back to a deep safety position.
— The current depth chart does not include summer enrollees from the 2021 recruiting class, including transfer like Davis and Oghuofo.