Depth Chart Analysis: Special Teams

Wednesday, Texas released its first preseason depth chart. Here's a look at the players listed on special teams.

KICKERS

Place Kicker

Nick Jordan, Fr., 6-1 175

Nick Rose, Fr., 6-3 192


Punter

Alex King, Sr., 6-2 205

William Russ, So., 6-4 185


Kickoffs

Nick Rose, Fr., 6-3 192

Nick Jordan, Fr., 6-1 175


Analysis

The story here is Anthony Fera not being ready. When healthy, he's at worst the starting kicker, and he might have been able to fight King for the starting punter job. But for now, Texas will utilize the strong-legged Jordan as its field goal kicker. That's the weakest spot of the three. King has had an excellent camp punting the ball, while Brown said Rose had the potential to be one of the better kickoff guys Texas has had. That's high praise for the true freshman.



RETURNERS

Kick Returner

D.J. Monroe, Sr., 5-9 175; AND Quandre Diggs, So., 5-10 200

Mykkele Thompson, So., 6-2 183; AND Marquise Goodwin, Sr., 5-9 180


Punt Returner

Quandre Diggs, So., 5-10 200

Jaxon Shipley, So., 6-1 192


Analysis

All four of the kickoff returners are dynamic guys you'd like to see with the ball in their hands. Don't be shocked if Thompson winds up replacing Diggs, just because Texas wants to buy him a breather. Monroe and Goodwin are two of the three fastest players in the Big 12. Diggs can be electric as a punt returner, and Shipley has shown ability there as well. Could Daje Johnson factor in at kick returner after his suspension? Stay tuned.



SNAPPERS AND HOLDERS

Snapper (both for kicks and punts)

Kyle Ashby, Fr., 6-1 235

Nate Boyer, So., 5-11 190


Holder

Cade McCrary, Jr., 6-4 193

Alex King, Sr., 6-2 205


Analysis

Texas discovered Ashby, a true freshman, at a kicking camp where his velocity and accuracy stood out. Brown surmised that he might not have had a bad snap all camp. He's in the lead as the deep snapper for both kicks and punts. The sure-handed McCrary has done an excellent job as the Longhorns' holder in the past. King is an intriguing option because he used to be a quarterback, so in addition to having great hands, he's a threat on a fake.


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