Defensive Depth Chart Analysis

Texas released its depth chart for the New Mexico State game on Monday. Let's take a look at the defensive side of the ball.

Strong End

88 Cedric Reed, 6-6 258, junior

92 Reggie Wilson, 6-3 255, senior

Nose Tackle

90 Malcom Brown, 6-4 305, sophomore

81 Hassan Ridgeway, 6-4 305, redshirt freshman -OR-

94 Alex Norman, 6-4 295, redshirt freshman

Defensive Tackle

96 Chris Whaley, 6-3 295, senior

99 Desmond Jackson, 6-1 305, junior

Buck End

44 Jackson Jeffcoat, 6-5 250, senior

1 Shiro Davis, 6-3 249, sophomore -OR-

91 Bryce Cottrell, 6-3 240, redshirt freshman

Strongside Linebacker

19 Peter Jinkens, 6-1 218, sophomore

11 Tevin Jackson, 6-2 238, junior

Middle Linebacker

33 Steve Edmond, 6-3 245, junior

55 Dalton Santos, 6-3 240, sophomore

Weakside Linebacker

3 Jordan Hicks, 6-2 238, junior

35 Kendall Thompson, 6-3 239, junior


21 Duke Thomas, 5-11 176, sophomore

29 Sheroid Evans, 6-0 192, junior

Free Safety

2 Mykkele Thompson, 6-2 186, junior

26 Adrian Colbert, 6-2 205, redshirt freshman

Strong Safety

17 Adrian Phillips, 5-11 210, senior

31 Leroy Scott, 5-10 193, junior


23 Carrington Byndom, 6-0 180, senior

15 Bryson Echols, 5-10 180, redshirt freshman


6 Quandre Diggs, 5-10 200, junior

17 Adrian Phillips, 5-11 210, senior


4 Anthony Fera, 6-2 208, senior

19 William Russ, 6-4 188, junior


23 Nick Rose, 6-3 197, sophomore

28 Nick Jordan, 6-1 175, sophomore


* As was expected, Diggs will be the nickel back when Texas plays that defense. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz estimated that the Longhorns spent 75 percent of their plays in nickel a year ago. If Texas wants to rotate through a third safety, that person will be Byndom, with Evans taking Byndom's spot at corner. That will likely change against BYU, when Josh Turner is expected back.

* Also, when Texas goes into nickel, the starting linebackers will be Jordan Hicks and Peter Jinkens, as expected. Of course, the Longhorns will rotate through linebackers pretty heavily, and playing a guy like Steve Edmond or Dalton Santos in the nickel allows for some added pop against the run game when playing against some spread-to-run teams on the schedule. The Texas coaches continue to be extremely high on Edmond.

* Ashton Dorsey is struggling with a nagging calf injury, though he could feasibly be ready to go on Saturday. Interestingly enough, when he went out, Hassan Ridgeway healed up. The Texas coaches think Malcom Brown has the potential to be dominant at nose tackle.

* Diaz said the Longhorns wanted to rotate through 20 defensive players in the first quarter of Saturday's game. That likely includes four corners and two safeties (remember that Byndom will play both, if need be), and at least four players at both defensive end and defensive tackle. Overall, the Longhorns are looking to be 5-6 deep at each of those two positions. And all six of Texas's linebackers on the two-deep have started at least one game in the past year, and all have the ability to rotate through.

* Texas wanted William Russ to win the punting job to keep kicker Anthony Fera's leg fresh, but Texas coach Mack Brown said that Fera just won the job outright. Brown said he did like the fact that Nick Rose will continue to handle kickoffs, at least keeping Fera from taking part in all three phases of the kicking game.

Horns Digest Top Stories