The 2012 Texas Longhorns Football Roster Is Out: Offense

Can the Texas offense spend more time in opponent end zones?

The weights are usually dead accurate, but heights are often self-reported, as confirmed in every NFL draft. I'm looking at you, Quandre Diggs.

Let's go by position grouping. I bolded starters. The defense post is coming up shortly.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

11 Jalen Overstreet 6-2 212 Fr.-HS QB Tatum, Texas (Tatum)
6 Case McCoy 6-2 200 Jr.-1L QB Graham, Texas (Graham)
7 Connor Brewer 6-2 195 Fr.-HS QB Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)
14 David Ash 6-3 223 So.-1L QB Belton, Texas (Belton)

Hey, we have an actual depth chart! When was the last time we could say that? Overstreet is an offseason warrior, singled out by peers and S&C staff for his relentlessness and leadership. He'll contribute somewhere, some day, even if it's not at QB. Ash is a big kid that adds muscle easily, so the staff needs to make sure he keeps spry and doesn't get too heavy. Look at this group, their youth. Taking on the Swoopes project makes perfect sense. It's all upside.

Offensive Line

55 Dominic Espinosa 6-4 298 So.-1L C Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park)
77/82 Luke Poehlmann 6-7 275 Sr.-2L OT/TE Brenham, Texas (Brenham)
78 Josh Cochran 6-6 299 So.-1L OT Hallsville, Texas (Hallsville)
62 Curtis Riser 6-4 305 Fr.-HS OL DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
65 Marcus Hutchins 6-5 280 Fr.-RS OL DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
71 Camrhon Hughes 6-7 320 Fr.-HS OL Harker Heights, Texas (Harker Heights)
51 Donald Hawkins 6-5 310 Jr.-TR OL Tunica, Miss. (Northwest [Miss.] CC)
76 Garrett Greenlea 6-7 308 Fr.-RS OL Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)
68 Kennedy Estelle 6-7 300 Fr.-HS OL Pearland, Texas (Dawson)
74 Taylor Doyle 6-5 290 Fr.-RS OL Austin, Texas (Lake Travis)
75 Trey Hopkins 6-4 301 Jr.-2L OG/OT Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)
73 Garrett Porter 6-6 315 Jr.-2L OG/C Odessa, Texas (Permian)
72 Mason Walters 6-6 320 Jr.-2L OG Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship)
66 Sedrick Flowers 6-3 313 Fr.-RS OG Houston, Texas (North Shore)
79 Thomas Ashcraft 6-5 315 Jr.-2L OG Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)

Cochran has packed on 25-30 pounds since his freshman year. If he can maintain his motor, he's a future star. Word is that Espinosa, Hopkins, and Hawkins have all firmed up. We now go 310-320-298-301-299 in our starting five. That's a 6-5, 305 pound average. Marcus Hutchins continues to add weight (now 280), Kennedy Estelle is as trim as a 300 pounder can be, and it's interesting that Poehlmann remains around 275 for TE duties rather than 290+ to serve as OT #3. Glad to see Greenlea still on the roster if it means he's serious about football.

Shocking how young we are. You just have to shake your head...

Running Backs

26 D.J. Monroe 5-9 175 Sr.-3L RB/WR Angleton, Texas (Angleton)
21 Daje Johnson 5-10 184 Fr.-HS RB Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
5 Jeremy Hills 6-0 205 Sr.-2L RB Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik)
32 Johnathan Gray 5-11 207 Fr.-HS RB Aledo, Texas (Aledo)
28 Malcolm Brown 6-0 223 So.-1L RB Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
24 Joe Bergeron 6-1 230 So.-1L RB Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite)

That's a nice six. Malcolm Brown now 223, Bergeron "down" to 230 after weighing in the 240s in Spring, and Johnathan Gray already a solid 207. Nod my approval at Gray's selection of #32. Badass RB #. Pencil him in as your WildGray operator.

Fullback

30 Ryan Roberson 5-10 240 Sr.-3L FB Brenham, Texas (Brenham)
13 Chet Moss 6-2 255 So.-SQ FB Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park)
36 Alex De La Torre 6-1 230 Fr.-HS FB Denton, Texas (Ryan)

Chet is up to 255, from 240.

Wide Receivers

8 Jaxon Shipley 6-1 192 So.-1L WR Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)
17 Miles Onyegbule 6-4 235 So.-1L WR Arlington, Texas (Arlington)
4 Cayleb Jones 6-3 211 Fr.-HS WR Austin, Texas (Austin)
19 Marcus Johnson 6-1 189 Fr.-HS WR League City, Texas (Clear Springs)
16 Bryant Jackson 6-2 199 So.-SQ WR Sulphur Springs, Texas (Sulphur Springs)
9 John Harris 6-3 218 So.-1L WR Garland, Texas (Naaman Forest)
3 DeSean Hales 5-11 178 Sr.-3L WR Klein, Texas (Oak)
84 Marquise Goodwin 5-9 180 Sr.-3L WR Garland, Texas (Rowlett)
1 Mike Davis 6-2 193 Jr.-2L WR Dallas, Texas (Skyline)

At 235, Mies Onyegbule is in transition from WR to TE, John Harris is a healthy 6-3, 218 and should be a major blocking asset and hopeful chain mover, Cayleb Jones looks college ready from a physical specs standpoint. Interestingly, Kendall Sanders (6'0, 183) was listed without a position, but he'll start out with the WRs. Goodwin will be back from the Olympics in time to get his reps, but we really need him at WR #3 or #4, not #1 or #2.

Tight Ends

85 M.J. McFarland 6-6 245 Fr.-RS TE El Paso, Texas (El Dorado)
89 Barrett Matthews 6-2 235 Sr.-3L TE Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)
18 D.J. Grant 6-3 238 Sr.-1L TE Austin, Texas (LBJ)
82 Trey Graham 6-5 236 Jr.-SQ TE Waco, Texas (Midway)
81 Greg Daniels 6-5 258 So.-SQ TE Houston, Texas (St. Pius X)

A roster that used to boast an embarrassing number of TEs with no actual use has winnowed considerably. Greg Daniels lost around 20 pounds in order to make the transition and could be an asset down the road based on frame alone. McFarland is promising, but still has a basketball build and tennis strength.

Final Word

The offensive depth charts read like an indictment of our old bad habits, but the promising young talent at the skill positions in combination with last year's seasoning/blood-letting makes me optimistic that this unit can capitalize on a superior defense, or, at least, not hang them out to dry. And if the OL, Ash, and our older WRs can all step up a notch, we may even kick some asses.

Thoughts?

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