2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Ryan Roberson-FB, Marquise Goodwin-WR, D.J. Grant-TE
DEFENSE: Alex Okafor-DE, Kenny Vaccaro-FS, Alex King-P
WR Mike Davis
Running Back / Secondary

Leaning on the run shouldn't be a problem. Plenty of capable running backs will continue to be in the rotation and the offensive line is full of experienced veterans to aid their cause. The secondary is the part of the defense that has stood up. Some of their prettier numbers may have to do with opponents deciding that running the ball is a better policy. Either way this group boasts plenty of experience.

Run Defense

Whew! This aspect killed the Longhorns. The nation's 100th ranked run defense (worst in the Big 12) was that bad. The year prior it was the nation's 6th ranked run defense (best in the Big 12). If the trend can revert back to the positive side of the statistical board Texas has a real chance of getting back to BCS conversations. Getting a healthy Jackson Jeffcoat back at defensive end would be a good start.

DB Robert Lester
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB David Ash-Jr Case McCoy-Sr
FB Chet Moss-Jr ..
RB Johnathan Gray-So Joe Bergeron-Jr / Malcolm Brown-Jr
WR Jaxon Shipley-Jr Bryant Jackson-Jr
WR Mike Davis-Sr Kendall Sanders-So
WR Cayleb Jones-So Daje Johnson-So
TE Greg Daniels-Jr M.J. McFarland-So
OT Donald Hawkins-Sr ..
OG Trey Hopkins-Sr ..
C Dominic Espinosa-Jr ..
OG Mason Walters-Sr ..
OT Josh Cochran-Jr ..
K Nick Jordan-So Anthony Fera-Sr
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Cedric Reed-Jr Jackson Jeffcoat-Sr (inj.)
NT Chris Whaley-Sr Brandon Moore-Sr / Ashton Dorsey-Sr
DT Desmond Jackson-Jr Malcom Brown-So
DE Reggie Wilson-Sr ..
SLB Demarco Cobbs-Sr Tevin Jackson-Jr
MLB Steve Edmond-Jr Dalton Santos-So
WLB Kendall Thompson-Jr Jordan Hicks-Sr / Peter Jinkens-So
CB Quandre Diggs-Jr Duke Thomas-So
CB Carrington Byndom-Sr Leroy Scott-Jr
SS Adrian Phillips-Sr ..
FS Josh Turner-Jr ..
NB Mykkele Thompson-Jr ..
P .. ..


  • The best way to describe the Texas passing game is inconsistent. David Ash started most of the season with Case McCoy getting the nod in the finale. There is plenty of upside in these two providing hope for 2013 that one of these quarterbacks can perform like a veteran while minimizing the mistakes and red zone issues.
    Mike Davis is a premier receiver and Jaxon Shipley is always dangerous. They help provide the passing fortunes a better prognosis.
  • The Longhorns lean heavy on the run and plenty of options remain available in this backfield with Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergerson and Malcolm Brown. If Texas can't run the ball there is trouble in Austin. This shouldn't be the case.
  • The less said about the run defense, the better. The Longhorns are among the bottom 20 teams in the country in rushing defense, and that might belie how bad this team really is. The only departure from this front seven will be end Alex Okafor. No reason exists why this defensive coaching staff cannot produce a better product. Maybe that is half the problem and a reason Mack Brown is on the hot seat.
  • No team in the NationalChamps.net Early Bird Top 25 is bringing back this many starters. This doesn't necessarily equate to more wins but it certainly gives Longhorn fans hope for the future. At the same time it's unusual to see so few Longhorn players on the All-Conference list. All this equates to even more pressure on this coaching staff to win more. Anything less than nine wins and Mack Brown could be done.



Aug. 31 - New Mexico State
Sept. 7 - at Brigham Young
Sept. 14 - Ole Miss
Sept. 21 - Kansas State
Oct. 5 - at Iowa State
Oct. 12 - vs. Oklahoma @Dallas, TX
Oct. 26 - at TCU
Nov. 2 - Kansas
Nov. 9 - at West Virginia
Nov. 16 - Oklahoma State
Nov. 28 - Texas Tech
Dec. 7 - at Baylor