Texas Football: Six notes on the initial depth chart for Louisiana

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Steve Sarkisian’s first game week press conference was on Monday where Hudson Card was officially named the starting quarterback. Shortly after, the entire depth chart was released by Texas.

There were few surprises from the top to bottom. Since the Longhorns are returning a lot of talent from last season, many of the starters from last season will play similar roles.

Here is the full depth chart:

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At the end of the day, the depth chart released could be completely different from what Sarkisian and his staff end up doing. In-game adjustments could be made based on matchups or a player could prove he has earned playing time throughout the practice week.

Until Saturday, all we have is a three-deep roster at all 29 positions listed. Sarkisian has proven via the quarterback battle he is going to play something closer to his chest.

Here are six notes on Texas’ initial depth chart for Saturday’s matchup against Louisiana:

WR Xavier Worthy listed as a starter

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The buzz for most of fall camp was from true freshman wide receiver Xavier Worthy. After being committed to Michigan, the four-star decided he wanted to play for Sarkisian in Austin. His speed alone will be a difference-maker on Saturdays. Worthy has been listed as a starter on the depth chart alongside Jordan Whittington and Joshua Moore. From a pure starting standpoint, this is assuming Texas begins the game in 11 personnel and three wide receivers are on the field. Either way, Worthy is going to be seeing a lot of playing time against Louisiana.

Jared Wiley OR Gunnar Helm

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Cade Brewer is going to be the main guy at tight end to begin the season. He will serve as the on-the-line guy, being called upon to block more than the second tight end. As for who will play the role of the receiving tight end, Jared Wiley was thought to be the surefire bet. Well, based on the depth chart, freshman Gunnar Helm will have an opportunity as well. The all too famous "OR" has been listed between Wiley and Helm. Sarkisian is going to run a lot of two tight end sets -- maybe even as his base offense. Rotating between Wiley and Helm would be an interesting move and prove how much the freshman impressed over the past month.

Alfred Collins' position change

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6-foot-5, 302-pounds is usually not the ideal weight for somebody to play defensive end. Unless your name is Alfred Collins. After spending last season playing on the interior defensive line, Bo Davis has moved Collins to "jack/edge" behind Jacoby Jones. Despite the larger frame, his athleticism makes the move possible. Especially in short-yardage/goal-line scenarios. Depth at defensive and nose tackle may be been the cause of this as well. Keondre Coburn and Moro Ojomo will start, with T'Vondre Sweat and Vernon Broughton behind respectively. Freshman Bryon Murphy has been turning heads as well. Collins' moving to the outside allows Texas to get their best players on the field as often as needed. Good luck to offensive tackle trying to deal with an interior lineman's size with a edge defender's speed.

Luke Brockermeyer starting at MLB

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Middle linebacker was the only defensive position to have a true battle throughout camp. Juwan Mitchell decided to enter the transfer portal, leaving a hole up the middle. Luke Brockermeyer has emerged as the winner, with Jaylan Ford earning the second-string role. Saturday will mark the linebacker's first career start after primarily contributing on special teams under Tom Herman. The third generation Longhorn was originally a walk-on in 2018. Now, he will work alongside DeMarvion Overshown and help run Texas' defense.

Anthony Cook earns starting nickel spot

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When Pete Kwiatkowski was hired as the defensive coordinator, the nickel position was going to be up for grabs. After Chris Adimora played as the fifth defensive back in Chris Ash's scheme, a more traditional coverage cornerback would fill the role this season. In the end, Anthony Cook ends up getting the nod at nickel. Jerrin Thompson will serve as the backup, while Adimora slid down to third-string. As a unit, Texas' defensive back coverage skill just became a whole lot better. Cook started six times as a sophomore and once as a true freshman. He has recorded three pass breakups over his three seasons as well. He will join the secondary as the least experienced player.

Cameron Dicker takes over punting duties

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Alongside his place-holding duties, Cameron Dicker will be the punter as well. After Ryan Bujcevski tore his ACL, Dicker became the do it all kicking man to close out the season. Jeff Banks is now trusting the senior to do the same this year. Bujcevski is listed on the depth chart as the third-stringer, while freshman Issac Pearson will serve as the backup. The former was not listed on the injury report by Sarkisian, showing he is healthy. Instead, a lot of trust is being shown in Dicker.

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