Texas Football: Predicting Longhorns’ Week 1 two-deep depth chart

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Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas football
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Left tackle

Starter: Kelvin Banks Jr. (SO)

Backup: Payton Kirkland (FR)

Texas’ best player on offense this season could easily be the preseason AP All-American, sophomore left tackle Kelvin Banks Jr. Banks is the rock that stabilizes the offensive line for the Longhorns, especially in pass pro.

Backing up Banks is a question mark heading into the season. True freshman offensive tackle Payton Kirkland took most of the second-team reps at left tackle in spring and fall camp. But fellow true freshmen Trevor Goosby and Andre Cojoe are viable options for backup reps at left tackle, too.

Left guard

Starter: Hayden Conner (JR)

Backup: Neto Umeozulu (RS-FR)

If you’re looking for a late-offseason position battle along the offensive line that could spill over into the season, left guard is the spot. Junior Hayden Conner is the returning starter for Kyle Flood and the Longhorns at left guard. But redshirt freshman Neto Umeozulu came on strong late in fall camp, pushing Conner for the first-team left guard reps.


Starter: Jake Majors (SR)

Backup: Cole Hutson (SO) OR Connor Robertson (RS-FR)

Center was a question mark for the Longhorns heading into fall camp. Flood and the Longhorns cross-trained Conner and sophomore Cole Hutson at center in spring ball and summer workouts. But senior center Jake Majors secured the starting spot here early in fall camp.

Backing Majors up will either be Hutson or redshirt freshman center Connor Robertson.

Right guard

Starter: DJ Campbell (SO)

Backup: Cole Hutson (SO)

A big winner coming out of fall camp is the former No. 1 rated interior offensive line recruit in the nation in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite, sophomore guard DJ Campbell. The uber-talented and physically imposing second-year IOL Campbell won the starting job at right guard over Hutson with a solid showing late in summer workouts and fall camp.

Right tackle

Starter: Christian Jones (RS-SR)

Backup: Cam Williams (SO)

Right tackle is solidified on the two-deep depth chart heading into the season. Super-senior offensive tackle Christian Jones locked down the starting job at right tackle during the spring. Sophomore Cam Williams is ready to make a leap this fall from what we’ve heard coming out of camp this offseason. Williams will get significant reps at both tackle spots this season.