Depth Chart Analysis: Offense

From an 'edge' at quarterback to shared starters at running back, come inside to read more about the offensive side of the Texas depth chart released Wednesday.

QUARTERBACK

David Ash, So., 6-3 223

Case McCoy, Jr., 6-2 200

Connor Brewer, Fr., 6-2 195


Analysis

The best part about the chart here? No pesky 'OR', which could be taken to mean co-starters. Nope, the job is Ash's and Ash's alone right now. Texas coach Mack Brown didn't mention what set Ash apart, aside from saying simply that he had "an edge." McCoy at No. 2 gives Texas the most experienced backup in the league. And Brewer beat out Jalen Overstreet for the No. 3 largely because of his experience in the passing game. Overstreet made big strides, but for now, he looks like a redshirt. Credit to Brewer for fighting through a sprained ankle and displaying toughness.



RUNNING BACK

Tailback

Joe Bergeron, So., 6-1 236; OR Malcolm Brown, So., 6-0 223

Johnathan Gray, Fr., 5-11 207

Jeremy Hills, Sr., 6-0 205


Fullback

Ryan Roberson, Sr., 5-10 240

Chet Moss, 6-2 255, So.; OR Alex De La Torre, Fr., 6-1 230


Analysis

Not really any surprises here, other than a potentially minor one that Bergeron is listed above Brown. But they're both listed as co-starters, and they'll both see plenty of reps. Johnathan Gray is below them, and would serve as a nice change of pace. Roberson leads the bevy of former linebackers-turned-fullbacks.



WIDE RECEIVER

X

Mike Davis, Jr., 6-2 193

Kendall Sanders, Fr., 6-0 183

Marcus Johnson, Fr., 6-1 189


Z

Marquise Goodwin, Sr., 5-9 180

D.J. Monroe, Sr., 5-9 175; OR Cayleb Jones, Fr., 6-3 211


H

Jaxon Shipley, So., 6-1 192

Bryant Jackson, So., 6-2 199; OR John Harris, So., 6-3 218


Analysis

No surprises with the starters. Last year's starting trio of Davis, Shipley and Goodwin is back for another run. After those three, there were a few. John Harris was so highly spoken of all camp that it's somewhat of a surprise that he's having to fight with Bryant Jackson behind Shipley. It's probably safe to assume that Cayleb Jones is the true No. 2 Z behind Goodwin, with Monroe serving as a situational pick there. And Kendall Sanders is ahead of Marcus Johnson for now at X behind Mike Davis. Johnson is more polished, but Sanders's speed and game-breaking ability makes him an interesting choice. Daje Johnson will be suspended for Week One, so that's why he isn't here.



TIGHT END

D.J. Grant, Sr., 6-3 238; OR Greg Daniels, So., 6-5 258

Barrett Matthews, Sr., 6-2 235


Analysis

Per Brown, M.J. McFarland needs to continue to develop as a blocker to find his way onto here, though Brown said that the staff still has high hopes for the redshirt freshman. It's probably a positive that Texas isn't going to have to rely on Caleb Bluiett, too. But the biggest story has to be the ascension of Greg Daniels, at one point a defensive end, then a defensive tackle, to co-starter at tight end. He's earned it by displaying a willingness as an in-line blocker. Grant has excellent receiving potential, and reportedly has improved as a blocker as well. Matthews could factor in as an occasional H-back. This position is one of the two biggest concerns Brown has about the entire team.



OFFENSIVE LINE

LT

Donald Hawkins, Jr., 6-5 310

Kennedy Estelle, Fr., 6-7 300


LG

Trey Hopkins, Jr., 6-4 301

Sedrick Flowers, RFr., 6-3 313


C

Dominic Espinosa, So., 6-4 298

Garrett Porter, Jr., 6-6 315


RG

Mason Walters, Jr., 6-6 320

Thomas Ashcraft, Jr., 6-5 315


RT

Josh Cochran, So., 6-6 299

Luke Poehlmann, Sr., 6-7 275


Analysis

No shock in the starting five, but after that is where the Brown's other big concern comes in: offensive line depth. Right now, Brown said he feels like they have seven that are ready to go. Hawkins winning the left tackle job is a positive, and he's the only new starter on a line that did shift a bit. Cochran moved from left tackle to right tackle and Trey Hopkins from right tackle to left guard. After that, Brown said he likes backup tackle Luke Poehlmann and reserve guard Thomas Ashcraft, but feels that others must step up. Kennedy Estelle is Hawkins's backup at left tackle, but in case of injury, one would have to feel like Texas would either bump Hopkins to right tackle and Cochran to his old spot on the left, or replace Hawkins straight up with Poehlmann. Flowers certainly has the potential and talent to emerge as No. 8. If he doesn't pull it together, it will be interesting to see if he's pushed by true freshman Curtis Riser.


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