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Texas releases depth chart ahead of Louisiana season opener

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For the first time since Steve Sarkisian took over, the Longhorns have an official depth chart.

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On Monday, the Texas Longhorns released a depth chart in preparation for Saturday’s season opener against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The first official depth chart for new head coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t contain any real surprises among the starters after Saturday’s reports that redshirt freshman Hudson Card won the starting battle over junior Casey Thompson.

First, the depth chart, and then some thoughts.

Louisiana depth cart

11 Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
11 Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
QB Hudson Card 1 Casey Thompson 11 Charles Wright 14
RB Bijan Robinson 5 Roschon Johnson 2 Keilan Robinson 7 Jonathon Brooks 24
WR Joshua Moore 6 Marcus Washington 15 Casey Cain 88
WR Jordan Whittington 4 Al'Vonte Woodard 9 Kai Money 83
ZWR Xavier Worthy 8 Kelvontay Dixon 16 Troy Omeire 21
YTE Cade Brewer 80 Jared Wiley --or-- 18 Gunnar Helm 85
LT Christian Jones 70 Andrej Karic 69 Jaylen Garth 77
LG Denzel Okafor 78 Tyler Johnson 72
C Jake Majors 65 Logan Parr 71 Rafiti Ghirmai 74
RG Junior Angilau 75 Tope Imade 67 Max Merril 79
RT Derek Kerstetter 68 Hayden Conner 76 Isaiah Hookfin 73
Defense
BUCK END Ray Thornton 46 Ovie Oghoufo 18 DJ Harris Jr. 40
NT Keondre Coburn 99 T'Vondre Sweat 93 Byron Murphy II 90 Myron Warren 92
DT Moro Ojomo 98 Vernon Broughton 45 Sawyer Goram-Welch 91
JACK END Jacoby Jones 36 Alfred Collins 95 Jett Bush 43
SLB Ovie Oghoufo 18 Ben Davis 6 Terrence Cooks II 35
MIKE Luke Brockermeyer 47 Jaylan Ford 41 Devin Richardson 30 Jaden Hullaby 29
WILL DeMarvion Overshown 0 David Gbenda 33 Ayodele Adeoye 40 Marcus Tillman Jr. 13
CB D'Shawn Jamison 5 Jahdae Barron 23 Jamier Johnson 31
SS BJ Foster 25 Chris Adimora 1 Tyler Owens 44
FS Brenden Schooler --or-- 14 Jerrin Thompson 28 JD Coffey II 27
CB Josh Thompson 9 Darion Dunn --or-- 4 Kitan Crawford 21 Ishmael Ibraheem 19
NICKEL Anthony Cook 11 Jerrin Thompson 28 Chris Adimora 1
Special Teams
PK Cameron Dicker 17 Bert Auburn 45
P Cameron Dicker 17 Isaach Pearson 49 Ryan Bucjevski 8
H Hudson Card 1 Isaac Pearson 49
DS Justin Mader 54 Zach Edwards 43
KR D'Shawn Jamison 5 Roschon Johnson 2 Xavier Worthy 8 Keilan Robinson 7
PR D'Shawn Jamison 5 Xavier Worthy 8 Joshua Moore 6 Brenden Schooler 14
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  • Sarkisian went with the talented young quarterback who has all the upside in the world. Perhaps Thompson might have been the more safe choice with his experience, but it’s time to see what all the prodigious arm talent and athleticism can produce for Card.
  • Running back is chalk — don’t expect to see much of the seniors Daniel Young and Gabe Watson this season unless they can make some special teams units.
  • No surprises among the starters at wide receiver, either, with the impact Xavier Worthy has made since arriving as a summer enrollee.
  • The big losers at wide receiver are senior Montrell Estell, who didn’t make the depth chart thanks to the inclusions of freshman Casey Cain, and the exclusion of speedy freshman Jaden Alexis, who enrolled early.
  • Freshman Gunnar Helm pushing junior Jared Wiley enough to earn a co-starter role as the in-line tight end is further proof that Helm has exceeded early expectations with his ability as a blocker and hasn’t disappointed in flashing the pass-catching ability that made him an intriguing prospect when he signed. Ja’Tavion Sanders has a lot of work to do in order to crash the rotation.
  • Serving as the backup to super senior left guard Denzel Okafor is a positive development for sophomore Tyler Johnson, who started a game last season but wasn’t assured of his spot in the rotation.
  • The biggest loser along the offensive line might be third-team sophomore right tackle Isaiah Hookfin, passed by redshirt freshman Hayden Conner at the position. Meanwhile, junior Raifit Ghirmai last the backup center job to a younger player in redshirt freshman Logan Parr and freshman Max Merril, an undersized prospect when he signed, is playing inside at guard.
  • Former walk-on Jett Bush is back at a defensive end position after starting with the inside linebackers while fellow former walk-on Luke Brockermeyer officially won the job at middle linebacker thanks to his impressive play since position coach Jeff Choate arrived.
  • At the strongside linebacker position, Notre Dame transfer Ovie Oghoufo is the starter after receiving public praise from Sarkisian. The question is how much will defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski actually use that position with nickel still mostly the base across college football, as it has been for years.
  • Speaking of the nickel, senior Anthony Cook never faltered in winning that job with junior Chris Adimora serving as a primary backup at safety.
  • Senior BJ Foster is the only clear starter at safety with super senior Brenden School a co-starter with sophomore Jerrin Thompson, who played so well towards the end of last season.
  • No big surprises on special teams after what coordinator Jeff Banks said recently, but Card serving as the starting holder is notable. And there is definitely plenty of speed on the return units.