Depth Chart Analysis: Defense

Texas released its depth chart on Wednesday. Here's a listing of all the starters, backups and analysis for each position.



Jackson Jeffcoat, Jr., 6-5 245

Cedric Reed, So., 6-6 250

Shiro Davis, Fr., 6-3 236

Strong End

Alex Okafor, Sr., 6-4.5 265

Reggie Wilson, Jr., 6-3 259


No surprises. Okafor and Jeffcoat return as arguably the top two defensive ends in the Big 12. Texas coach Mack Brown did say that he felt like the Longhorns could go to four players — meaning Reed and Wilson — this year, something that Texas didn't have a year ago. Davis would likely be more of a pass-rushing specialist on the few passing downs that Jeffcoat and Okafor aren't playing. That means he could see some work against a few of the up-tempo spread attacks the Longhorns face.



Chris Whaley, Jr., 6-3 292

Ashton Dorsey, Jr., 6-2 295

Kyle Kriegel, Jr., 6-5 280


Brandon Moore, Jr., 6-5 320

Desmond Jackson, So., 6-1 303

Malcom Brown, Fr., 6-4 315


The surprise here is that most people felt the second-teamers would have been inverted with the first-teamers. Moore isn't as big of a shock, because he'd been working with the first team in Dorsey's absence. Whaley certainly has the physical talent to be a big-time player. He's a 290-pound guy who's been clocked recently at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Coach Brown said Malcom Brown was improving rapidly, though he was also quick to point out that the top four players are all basically starters.



Demarco Cobbs, Jr., 6-2 218

Tevin Jackson, So., 6-2 233


Steve Edmond, So., 6-3 255

Kendall Thompson, So., 6-3 239; OR Dalton Santos, Fr., 6-3 250


Jordan Hicks, Jr., 6-2 235

Kendall Thompson, So., 6-3 239; OR Peter Jinkens, Fr., 6-1 213


Hicks, Edmond and Cobbs entered the spring as the No. 1s, and it appears that's how they'll start the fall. This is a group that is higher on athleticism than their predecessors, though now they'll have to turn that into production. Jackson is basically a fourth starter, and has seen plenty of reps with the ones when Cobbs has been banged up. Thompson's versatility leaves him as the primary backup at either position, but keep an eye on hard-charging freshmen Santos and Jinkens. Santos is a classic mash 'em up middle linebacker, while Jinkens may be the closest speed-wise to Cobbs.


Right Cornerback

Quandre Diggs, So., 5-10 200

Duke Thomas, Fr., 5-11 175

Leroy Scott, So., 5-10 193

Left Cornerback

Carrington Byndom, Jr., 6-0 180

Sheroid Evans, So., 6-0 185

Leroy Scott, So., 5-10 193

Free Safety

Kenny Vaccaro, Sr., 6-1 218

Josh Turner, So., 6-0 177

Strong Safety

Adrian Phillips, Jr., 5-11 201

Mykkele Thompson, So., 6-2 183


The starters give Texas a pretty salty and experienced group. And Josh Turner is certainly someone to keep an eye on. Brown said he's the primary backup at cornerback as well as free safety (he'll be the first defensive back in during nickel situations), and he's also playing on a team-high four-of-five special teams. Thompson is the No. 6 defensive back. Brown said he was comfortable with those six. Watch for whether Thomas can make No. 7.

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