Starter: Keondre Coburn
Backup: T’Vondre Sweat OR Byron Murphy
Texas has plenty of depth and experience at the nose tackle position heading into fall camp. In fact, this is one of the deeper positions on the entire defense this year.
Returning super senior Keondre Coburn is likely going to be locked in as the starter at the nose tackle position heading into fall camp. Despite some ups and downs in the last couple of seasons, Coburn is the common sense choice to plug the middle of the line.
Behind Coburn will be some combination of sophomore DL Byron Murphy and senior T’Vondre Sweat. Murphy has the highest ceiling of any nose tackle in this group, but Sweat is a more than capable enough player to handle key live-game reps at this spot.
Starter: Moro Ojomo
Backup: Jaray Bledsoe OR Vernon Broughton
Defensive tackle could wind up being a wildcard position for Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns this fall depending on the type of formations that he wants to run along the defensive front. Texas has the possibility to run a 2-4-5 defensive front or the more natural hybrid type of 3-3-5 that Kwiatkowski ran last season.
Nonetheless, Texas does have some talented options to explore at the defensive tackle position heading into fall camp. The logical choice here to start at defensive tackle will be senior Moro Ojomo. As the most experienced returning defensive tackle this year, Ojomo will be looking to elevate his game in his second year in this system under Kwiatkowski.
It will be interesting to see if sophomore Vernon Broughton can start living up to his blue-chip billing and come into his own this fall. If not, we could see the fellow former four-star recruit and true freshman DL Jaray Bledsoe cleanly surpass him on the depth chart.