Depth Chart prediction: Offense

We're 99 days away from the kickoff of Texas' 2014 football season against North Texas.

While that might be a bit too early to start setting up shop outside DKR (Ah, hell, who are we kidding? It's never too early to tailgate), it's certainly not too early to ponder about the Longhorns depth chart and what it will look like come Aug. 30.

Here are Chip Brown and William Wilkerson's best guesses as to what Texas' two-deep depth chart will look like on offense:

Chip

QB - David Ash, Jerrod Heard/Tyrone Swoopes

Has a fan base ever collectively held its breath in hopes of a player being able to take a hit?

RB - Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron

Three running backs on a mission for very different reasons: Brown to prove he's the man; Gray to prove he still can (after Achilles injury); and Bergeron to show he has a new plan.

WR - Kendall Sanders, Jacorey Warrick

Texas has a lot of breakout talent at WR.

WR - Jaxon Shipley, Daje Johnson

Shipley is every UT QB's security blanket on critical downs, while Johnson is a touchdown waiting to happen when he's locked in.

WR - Marcus Johnson, Montrell Meander

Johnson is the next big thing at receiver for Texas, and Meander has deep-play ability.

TE - Geoff Swaim, M.J. McFarland, Greg Daniels

Shawn Watson loves to employ TEs in his offense, and Swaim is his guy.

LT - Desmond Harrison, Darius James

The time is now for Harrison, while James makes an intriguing backup.

LG - Sedrick Flowers, Rami Hammad

Flowers has held off Hammad so far. But for how long?

C - Dominic Espinosa, Jake Raulerson

Espinosa and Raulerson are two of the smartest players on the team. Now, they need to be the grimiest as well.

RG - Kent Perkins, Taylor Doyle

Coaches love Perkins' upside with a capital L.

RT - Kennedy Estelle, Camrhon Hughes

When Estelle is locked in, he shows great promise. At 6-7, 320, Hughes is eclipse-of-the-sun big.

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William

QB - David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard

I don't think it's any secret that the Longhorns would prefer to give Heard a redshirt season. I'm just not sure they'll be afforded that option. That being said, they'll give Swoopes the opportunity to take control of that No. 2 spot before Heard with hopes that the sophomore can build off of his limited time as the No. 1 QB during the spring.

RB - Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron

Texas, again, should have one of the top running games in the Big 12, especially if the line matures like many think it will under Joe Wickline. This is a contract year for all three backs, so they'll put their best foot forward. Don't be surprised to see Brown flirt with 1,000 yards.

WR - Kendall Sanders, Jacorey Warrick

Sanders has the talent – those hands – to be a No. 1-type target. With all the attention Shipley should get, and with the emergence of the TE position as a pass-catching threat, perhaps he'll get targeted as such.

WR - Jaxon Shipley, Daje Johnson

Shipley will keep climbing the record books and further cement his place amongst the best to ever play the position in Austin. If Johnson can hold on to the ball, something Charlie Strong said is an issue for him, he'll score a handful of touchdowns at worst.

WR - Marcus Johnson, Montrell Meander

Johnson is in line to take Shipley's spot as the go-to receiver when Shipley leaves, but he could become that guy this season because he's that good. He and Meander could be Texas' best big-play threats.

TE - Geoff Swaim, Blake Whiteley, MJ McFarland, Greg Daniels

Tight ends will play a much bigger role in the passing game, but they've got to be able to block first and foremost. That's why Swaim is the go-to guy right now Staff expects big things out of Whiteley. Can McFarland finally tap into his potential? He didn't catch a pass last season.

LT - Desmond Harrison, Darius James

Harrison didn't live up to the hype as one of the top JUCO tackle transfers in the country last season. He'd better get with it, and quick, because James, the nation's top overall center in 2013, has plenty of upside.

LG - Sedrick Flowers, Rami Hammad

Flowers, like former Texas' OL Trey Hopkins, is a player you don't have to worry about. He'll do the job, and do it well. But Hammad's upside is probably greater.

C - Dominic Espinosa, Jake Raulerson

Charlie Strong has anointed Espinosa a leader since Day 1. He had a really good spring. Raulerson should be a three-year starter by the time his career is over.

RG - Kent Perkins, Taylor Doyle

Perkins has first-round talent if he can avoid injury. All Doyle knows when he's played is to win. His football IQ is off the charts.

RT - Kennedy Estelle, Camrhon Hughes

UT fans have to like Chip's report that Estelle is improving in the classroom. If he can get that under wraps and focus more energy on the field, it's a wrap. Hughes is massive but has a ways to go before he can be counted on.


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