Offensive Depth Chart Analysis

Texas released its depth chart on Monday. Here's some analysis on the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

14 David Ash, 6-3 220, junior

6 Case McCoy, 6-2 200, senior

18 Tyrone Swoopes, 6-4 245, freshman


Running Back

32 Johnathan Gray, 5-11 208, sophomore

28 Malcolm Brown 6-0 225, junior -OR-

24 Joe Bergeron, 6-1 230, junior


Fullback

36 Alex De La Torre, 6-1 233, sophomore

13 Chet Moss, 6-2 242, junior


X Receiver

1 Mike Davis, 6-2 195, senior

7 Marcus Johnson, 6-1 189, sophomore


Z Receiver

9 John Harris, 6-3 225, junior -OR-

8 Jaxon Shipley, 6-1 195, junior


H Receiver (Slot)

4 Daje Johnson, 5-10 180, sophomore

11 Jacorey Warrick, 5-10 170, freshman


Tight End

82 Geoff Swaim, 6-4 252, junior -OR-

81 Greg Daniels, 6-5 252, junior

85 M.J. McFarland, 6-6 240, sophomore


Left Tackle

51 Donald Hawkins, 6-5 310, senior

68 Desmond Harrison, 6-8 310, junior


Left Guard

75 Trey Hopkins, 6-4 300, senior

66 Sedrick Flowers, 6-3 312, sophomore


Center

55 Dominic Espinosa, 6-4 305, junior

73 Garrett Porter, 6-6 315, senior


Right Guard

72 Mason Walters, 6-6 320, senior

76 Kent Perkins, 6-5 310, freshman -OR-

62 Curtis Riser, 6-4 310, redshirt freshman


Right Tackle

78 Josh Cochran, 6-6 301, junior

77 Kennedy Estelle, 6-7 290, sophomore


Place-Kicker

4 Anthony Fera, 6-2 208, senior

28 Nick Jordan, 6-1 175, sophomore


Kick Returner

21 Duke Thomas, 5-11 176, sophomore -AND-

2 Mykkele Thompson, 6-2 186, junior

4 Daje Johnson, 5-10 180, sophomore -AND-

11 Jacorey Warrick, 5-10 170, freshman


Punt Returner

6 Quandre Diggs, 5-10 200, junior

4 Daje Johnson, 5-10 180, sophomore



ANALYSIS

* Only three true freshmen are listed on the depth chart, and all three are on offense in Swoopes, Warrick and Perkins. Of those three, the most likely to play on Saturday is Warrick, who will be a part of the Longhorn rotation at receiver. Texas would like to get Swoopes some action, but he's fighting a bit of a nagging hammy. And Perkins's future is still meant to be at tackle, though putting him at guard allows Texas to get a bit deeper at the position, while also not asking him to block prime pass-rushers without help.


* Speaking of the offensive line, Texas will probably try to rotate through 8-9 linemen to keep legs fresh with the up-tempo offense. One of those players will undoubtedly be talented tackle Desmond Harrison. Some of the other players have rotated at multiple positions, with Donald Hawkins working at tackle and guard, Trey Hopkins practicing at guard and center and Dominic Espinosa practicing at both center and guard. Harrison has only had four practices so far, and Tuesday will be his first go-round in full pads. Still, expect the Longhorns to throw him out to get him his sea legs a bit on Saturday, especially with tough challenges awaiting against BYU and Ole Miss in the next couple of weeks.


* M.J. McFarland has actually had a pretty strong camp. But the Longhorns are looking for regular tight ends who will be able to set the edge in the running game. Even past that, Geoff Swaim has continued to impress the coaches with his ability to run and catch. They had a pretty good idea that he could block coming out of junior college, but he was so rarely thrown the ball that the Longhorns didn't really know what they were getting from him as a pass receiver. This fall, Swaim has shown that he can run and has the soft hands to impact the coaching game. That he showed he's not a one-dimensional player has helped speed his rise up the depth chart.


* Depth at wide receiver is thin because of the injuries and Kendall Sanders's one-game suspension. Jaxon Shipley is still a bit banged up, which is one reason why John Harris is listed as the starter entering the week. And while Marcus Johnson practiced a bit this weekend, it's unclear whether he'll be full-go on Saturday as well. But Harris also earned that spot over some talented freshmen because he's had a pretty strong camp. Texas could be in a considerably better spot heading into BYU, as Shipley and Johnson are expected to be totally ready by then, while Sanders will return as well.


* At running back, Johnathan Gray is the clear-cut No. 1. That says a lot about the monster offseason he had, as both Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron have received credit for looking good as well. Look for that position to be one of fairly heavy rotation, while Texas will also deploy multiple formations that include two or three of those backs.


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