Depth Chart Analysis

When Texas released its weekly depth chart Monday, there were a few changes from last week. Here's a list of the switches, as well as analysis on each one.

Desmond Jackson to the starting lineup

The only change among the starters was "Tank" Jackson's promotion over Brandon Moore. And per Texas coach Mack Brown, that decision was made solely on what Jackson accomplished, as opposed to what Moore didn't accomplish. That comment would appear to be legitimate: Moore led the Longhorns in tackles for loss in the opener with two (both assisted). Jackson made two tackles (one solo), including a tackle for loss himself. But he also did an excellent job of getting penetration on a consistent basis, something that will be especially important this week against an option attack.

Daje Johnson is on the depth chart

No surprise here, but Johnson makes his first appearance on the depth chart after serving a one-game suspension for violation of team rules. He's listed as an -OR- with Bryant Jackson (Jackson is listed first) behind Jaxon Shipley at the 'H', or slot, position. How much can Johnson play? Brown said he eventually has a chance to see more action than D.J. Monroe because Johnson has better hands and is more of a pure receiver, meaning the team has more options on how to use him. But the most interesting thing here might be what happened to John Harris. The big target was moved down to the fourth spot at the 'H', a surprise given the talk of the impact that he would make now that he's healthy.

Alex De La Torre is moved to an -OR- at fullback

This one was somewhat out of the blue. De La Torre was actually listed as the No. 3 fullback heading into last week, behind Ryan Roberson and Chet Moss. But the true freshman must have impressed in a week's time, as he's now listed as a co-starter with Roberson. It wouldn't be shocking to see De La Torre move up quickly … not only has he had a full spring, half of which he spent at fullback, but he's also known for his high football IQ and his physical nature.

Nick Rose is an -OR- at place-kicker

Texas has more competition at kicker than most teams. Rose is a scholarship-caliber kickoff artist with a great leg and hang time, something that was proven when he had a great opening performance against Wyoming, twice pinning the Cowboys inside the 10. Anthony Fera is still the likely starter here when he gets healthy, but for now, it's an open competition between the true freshmen, Rose and Nick Jordan. Jordan is listed first on the depth chart, because somebody has to be listed first, but Brown said the two kickers would fight it out this week.

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