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The freshmen invasion: Texas Longhorns football depth chart for Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Here it is, all prettied up courtesy of BON

OFFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Wide Receiver (H) 7 Marcus Johnson | 23 Daje Johnson OR 17 Ryan Newsome
Wide Receiver (Z) 1 John Burt | 8 Dorian Leonard | 88 Ty Templin
Tight End (Y) 47 Andrew Beck | 42 Caleb Bluiett
Right Tackle 76 Kent Perkins | 75 Tristan Nickelson
Right Guard 77 Patrick Vahe | 58 Brandon Hodges
Center 74 Taylor Doyle | 50 Jake Raulerson
Left Guard 66 Sedrick Flowers | 72 Elijah Rodriguez
Left Tackle 55 Connor Williams | 65 Marcus Hutchins
Wide Receiver (X) 3 Armanti Foreman | 11 Jacorey Warrick | 6 DeAndre McNeal
Quarterback 18 Tyrone Swoopes | 13 Jerrod Heard | 14 Kai Locksley
Tailback 32 Johnathan Gray | 33 D’Onta Foreman | 25 Chris Warren III
Place-Kicker 23 Nick Rose | 28 Nick Jordan

DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Fox End 40 Naashon Hughes | 49 Derick Roberson | 90 Charles Omenihu
Tackle (Nose) 99 Desmond Jackson | 93 Paul Boyette, Jr. | 94 Alex Norman
Tackle 95 Poona Ford | 98 Hassan Ridgeway | 97 Chris Nelson
Strong End 1 Shiro Davis | 91 Bryce Cottrell | 92 Quincy Vasser
Middle LB 46 Malik Jefferson | 30 Tim Cole
Strongside LB 19 Peter Jinkens | 45 Cameron Townsend
CB 21 Duke Thomas | 9 Davante Davis | 15 Bryson Echols
Free Safety 31 Jason Hall | 11 PJ Locke | 26 Adrian Colbert
Strong Safety 44 Dylan Haines | 18 Kevin Vaccaro
CB 24 John Bonney | 25 Antwuan Davis | 2 Kris Boyd
Nickel 24 John Bonney OR 21 Duke Thomas | 11 PJ Locke
Punter 13 Michael Dickson | 38 Mitchell Becker

SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returns 23 Daje Johnson | 21 Duke Thomas
Kickoff Returns 23 Daje Johnson AND 32 Johnathan Gray
21 Duke Thomas
Kickoffs 23 Nick Rose | 28 Nick Jordan
Holder 15 Trey Holtz
Snapper (PAT/FG) 45 Kyle Ashby
Snapper (Punts) 45 Kyle Ashby

Some quick thoughts:

–  Multiple freshmen starting.  Six true and redshirt.  Two dozen true and redshirt freshmen on the depth chart overall.  Real young.

– This depth chart is written in clay, not stone.  It will look different by midseason.

– Ridgeway’s back issues basically kept him from practicing.  He’ll play and his snaps will be dictated by health and conditioning.

– We knew about starting two true freshmen on the OL, but it’s shocking to see it in black and white.  Best five start –  so don’t expect orderly replacements if a starter goes down.

– Antwuan Davis has clearly stepped up.  He’s listed as #2 CB, but the OR between Duke Thomas and John Bonney is interesting.  It appears that Davis is the 3rd corner overall and will start in our base nickel D unless we go with a three safety package.  Bryson Echols has receded, which we predicted in the preview.  PJ Locke beat out Adrian Colbert (who had been having a good camp) for #2 FS.  That’s impressive.

–  Davante Davis is backing up Duke Thomas.  Kris Boyd also in the mix.  The freshman DB class is as good as advertised.

– Daje Johnson backing up Marcus Johnson is interesting.  I don’t read too much into it – he and Johnson are cross-trained at other positions and can be on the field at the same time.  It’s also a message to Daje not to coast.

–  Shiro Davis better watch his back.  Bryce Cottrell had a good camp and he’s arguably the most gifted pass rusher on the team.  The growth of Cottrell and Roberson allowed the Bluiett TE move.

–  Jinkens gets his shot again.  He has started for three different defensive coordinators in his career at Texas.  And been benched by all of them.  Jean-Mary and Strong are talking break-out.  Let’s see it.

– We’re going to spend a lot of time in nickel, which takes WLB Freeman off of the field.

– Dylan Haines was predicted to be eclipsed at safety by a lot of people.  Not us.  He’s got physical limitations but he has better range and anticipation than his testing suggests.

–  Lorenzo Joe didn’t make the depth chart.  Interesante.

– This is a really young football team.

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Your thoughts?

Holy crap the Texas Longhorns play Notre Dame this Saturday

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Actual college football.  It’s happening.  Looked at the schedule.  Checked the TV listings.  Yep.  It’s happening.

This season opening date was just a blurry concept – the indefinite open-ended answer to the impatient question posed from the offseason backseat of “Are we there yet?”  And if you were my parents, the answer was not yet and we all had to be as quiet and still as wading birds when we drove through Houston on our way to Lousiana.  Why?  I’m not sure. Apparently, it’s daunting to drive through a concrete swamp with my older brother and I trying to do Von Erich death claws on each other in the bench seat of a 3 ton Buick.  Later, when I learned some geography, I realized that my parents had “Houston” start well outside of Katy and end in Sulphur Springs.  For a good portion of my childhood, I believed Houston sprawled about 150 miles.

Obviously, it’s only half that.

Look, I even wrote a preview with my brilliant co-authors Jason Chilton and Scott Gerlach sort of premised on the idea that this day would eventually come, but doing a deep dive on Cal’s depth chart back in June and re-watching five hours of 2015 recruit’s HUDL film didn’t make the opener feel any more real.

But we’re here.  I mean, it’s right up ahead.  Look at it.  Texas vs. Notre Dame.  College football blue bloods squaring off in a hallowed gridiron cathedral that has defined college football history more than any other….up until 1995.

The football Vatican where Sam the gutty fat hobbit walked on against all odds and Ara Parseghian told Vince Vaughn that if he had half of the fat hobbit’s heart, then he’d be an All-American and that the second season of True Detective wouldn’t have been the most colossal letdown I’ve experienced since seeing Congo in the theater.  Granted, this isn’t quite Texas-Ohio State 2005 in terms of our anticipation – the stakes are smaller and the two teams lost a combined 34 games last year – but an iconic Longhorn decal trading paint with a golden helmet will make any football fan get a little goose bumpy.

It’s game week.

Put on your eyeblack, get on your game face and tell the inconsiderate human garbage who would dare invite you to their September wedding that you’ll attend only on one condition: prima nocta.

I now proclaim it hitting weather.

Hook ’em.

Holy crap Texas plays Notre Dame this Saturday

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Actual college football.  It’s happening.  Looked at the schedule.  Checked the TV listings.  Yep.  It’s happening.

This season opening date was just a blurry concept – the indefinite open-ended answer to the impatient question posed from the offseason backseat of “Are we there yet?”  And if you were my parents, the answer was not yet and we all had to be as quiet and still as wading birds when we drove through Houston on our way to Lousiana.  Why?  I’m not sure. Apparently, it’s daunting to drive through a concrete swamp with my older brother and I trying to do Von Erich death claws on each other in the bench seat of a 3 ton Buick.  Later, when I learned some geography, I realized that my parents had “Houston” start well outside of Katy and end in Sulphur Springs.  For a good portion of my childhood, I believed Houston sprawled about 150 miles.

Obviously, it’s only half that.

Look, I even wrote a preview with my brilliant co-authors Jason Chilton and Scott Gerlach sort of premised on the idea that this day would eventually come, but doing a deep dive on Cal’s depth chart back in June and re-watching five hours of 2015 recruit’s HUDL film didn’t make the opener feel any more real.

But we’re here.  I mean, it’s right up ahead.  Look at it.  Texas vs. Notre Dame.  College football blue bloods squaring off in a hallowed gridiron cathedral that has defined college football history more than any other….up until 1995.

The football Vatican where Sam the gutty fat hobbit walked on against all odds and Ara Parseghian told Vince Vaughn that if he had half of the fat hobbit’s heart, then he’d be an All-American and that the second season of True Detective wouldn’t have been the most colossal letdown I’ve experienced since seeing Congo in the theater.  Granted, this isn’t quite Texas-Ohio State 2005 in terms of our anticipation – the stakes are smaller and the two teams lost a combined 34 games last year – but an iconic Longhorn decal trading paint with a golden helmet will make any football fan get a little goose bumpy.

It’s game week.

Put on your eyeblack, get on your game face and tell the inconsiderate human garbage who would dare invite you to their September wedding that you’ll attend only on one condition: prima nocta.

I now proclaim it hitting weather.

Hook ’em.

The Final Push: Thinking Texas Football 2015 Longhorn Football Preview

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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The Sports Reporters, Austin American Statesman Style

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2015 at 10:51 am

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