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The 2010 Texas Football Opening Depth Chart

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Here is our Texas Football 2010 opening depth chart.

OFFENSE

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Flanker (Z) 5 John Chiles OR 1 Mike Davis
Sub B 84 Marquise Goodwin OR 11 James Kirkendoll
Tight End (Y) 89 Barrett Matthews | 85 Ahmard Howard

Right Tackle 72 Britt Mitchell | 54 Mark Buchanan
Right Guard 67 Mason Walters | 76 Trey Hopkins
Center 78 David Snow | 73 Garrett Porter
Left Guard 63 Michael Huey | 79 Thomas Ashcraft OR 55 Dominic Espinosa
Left Tackle 64 Kyle Hix | 77 Luke Poehlmann
Split End (X) 11 James Kirkendoll OR 9 Malcolm Williams
Quarterback 7 Garrett Gilbert | 6 Case McCoy | 18 Connor Wood
Tailback 31 Cody Johnson | 28 Fozzy Whittaker OR 23 Tre' Newton
H-Back 83 Greg Smith | 21 Chris Whaley
Fullback 41 Jamison Berryhill OR 30 Ryan Roberson
Place-Kicker 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ

DEFENSE

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Buck 32 Eddie Jones | 44 Jackson Jeffcoat
Tackle (Nose) 91 Kheeston Randall | 85 Ashton Dorsey
Tackle 93 Tyrell Higgins | 80 Alex Okafor | 96 Calvin Howell
End 81 Sam Acho | 92 Reggie Wilson
Strongside LB 9 Dravannti Johnson | 18 Emmanuel Acho
Middle LB 18 Emmanuel Acho | 42 Dustin Earnest OR 11 Jared Norton
Weakside LB 1 Keenan Robinson | 33 Jordan Hicks
Right CB 8 Chykie Brown | 23 Carrington Byndom OR 7 A.J. White
Right Safety 21 Blake Gideon |17 Adrian Phillips
Left Safety 6 Christian Scott | 16 Kenny Vaccaro
Left CB 3 Curtis Brown OR 4 Aaron Williams
Nickel 4 Aaron Williams | 16 Kenny Vaccaro
Punter 47 John Gold | 19 Justin Tucker

SPECIAL TEAMS

Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 3 Curtis Brown | 4 Aaron Williams
Kickoff Returns Marquise Goodwin D.J. Monroe
Kickoffs 19 Justin Tucker | 14 William Russ
Holder 86 Cade McCrary | 47 John Gold
Deep Snapper (PAT/FG) 83 Greg Smith | 77 Luke Poehlmann
Deep Snapper (Punts) 48 Alex Zumberge | 49 Trey Wier

Thoughts:

Wow. Football season is finally here. And we're making a massive commitment to youth in our two deep. Very exciting stuff. The coaches weren't kidding about living with some mistakes in order to get the best athletes on the field.

Offense

- As I predicted about two weeks ago, Cody Johnson is your Texas Longhorns starting RB. Yes, I'm that good. Fozzy and Tre will split the backup role. For now, that means a three headed monster at RB. I expect Cody to log at least 60% of the available carries.

- Case McCoy is your backup QB. A moderate shock. He knows the offense better than Connor and he's more ready to run the show should Garrett go down. We lose four games minimum if he's pressed into action. I wouldn't use this short term move to handicap this job long-term. That said, I hope David Ash and the 2012 QB are quality.

- The WR depth chart suggest a sensible approach of five or six guys rotating and drawing snaps until game situations and on-field play provide differentiation. Fantastic to see Mike Davis listed as a co-starter on the two deep. Kirkendoll being listed twice on the two deep tells you what the coaches thought about his preseason camp.

- They don't see Desean Hales as an every down WR, obviously. But he will play.

- Whaley is your back-up H-back.

- No surprises on the OL. Hopkins is listed at OG and Buchanan, surprisingly, is listed at OT. That may be reflective of the Paden Kelly suspension and will change post-Rice. Dominic Espinosa is backing up at the other guard spot with Ashcraft. Mild surprise. The coaches will decide whether to shirt him or not as the season progresses.

- Darius White will play this year. Good call by the staff. He needs to be engaged.

- Jeremy Hills has asked to redshirt. Uh, okaaaay Jeremy. I think we're going to go ahead and play you.

Defense

- DT continues to be cursed. Tyrell Higgins is our #2 DT and Alex Okafor is our #3 DT. Calvin Howell is relegated to the third team either because of lingering effects from his concussion or because of practice allergies, depending on which story you trust. An immense disappointment, in either event. As predicted, Ashton Dorsey is the freshman most ready to play. Taylor Bible will play later in the year, which I suggested last week. Add another month of conditioning and some cool weather, suddenly Bible can give you 10-15 plays.

- We're starting our best 3 athletes at LB: Acho, Robinson, Johnson. Johnson goes off in the nickel, IMO. Acho at MLB is an exciting possibility. We'll also use Johnson as a situational rusher. I don't see him off of the ball doing traditional LB things that often.

- Jordan Hicks cracks the two deep, as expected.

- Nolan Brewster will redshirt. Banged up shoulder.

- Reggie Wilson and Jackson Jeffcoat are your #2 DEs on each side. That allowed the Okafor move and it's reflective of their incredible play rather than desperation. Exactly what you want when a freshman is on the two deep. Your 2011 starters.

- Did Chykie Brown beat our Curtis Brown for a starting gig at CB? Holy shit. I'll be curious to monitor this. Curtis and AJ listed as co-starters while Chykie is unchallenged on the other side. More likely: we're playing a base nickel. And all three guys start.

- Byndom, White, Phillips will play this year. As I anticipated. This DB class is a pleasant surprise.

Special Teams

- Will Russ will play this year to gain experience.

- Marquise and DJ are kickoff return; Curtis is your #1 PR, but Brown suggested in the press conference he'll split time with Williams.

- Alex Zumberge is deep snapper!!! OMG!!!