Texas Longhorns' Official Depth Chart for Opening Day Released

Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Longhorns defeated the Buckeyes 24-21  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

A couple notes:

- Vondrell Mcgee was named the starter at RB. Not that this is all that significant, as the Horns will still operate under a running back by committee approach. Whoever has the hot hand from game to game will get the bulk of the carries.

I personally love Cody Johnson. He's a big, strong, physical back with deceptive speed for a guy his size. Mack uses him strictly for goal line and short yardage situations, but I think they should look at perhaps giving him more responsibility on different areas of the field.

His motor never stops running, he's very difficult to bring down in the open field, and finishes off runs with authority. Very fun guy to watch.

- I also would like to formally concede to Horns that he was right in regard to Garrett winning the backup QB job. I thought he would redshirt and Sherrod would be the backup. Horns was right, I was wrong.

- Some freshmen who cracked the depth chart other than Garrett: Barrett Matthews, who will be the third string TE and one of two flex TEs used by Greg Davis along with Dan Buckner.

Mason Walters, a five star OL recruit out of Wolfforth, TX (Big kid: 6'6", 300 lbs.), also cracked the rotation as a backup.

Freshmen Alex Okafor (expect big things out of this guy, coaches have been raving about him all offseason) will be the backup at DE while Calvin Howell will be among the rotating DTs.

- Jordan Shipley will be returning punts again. Kickoffs will be shared by Shipley, Christain Scott, Aaron Williams, and Earl Thomas.

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