Texas head coach Tom Herman wanted to get a lot of Longhorns time on the field in the team’s 59-3 season-opening win over UTEP. By the time the 56-point dismantling of the Miners was complete, Texas sent 68 players onto the field and a 45-3 halftime lead allowed Longhorns further down the depth chart to see extended action in the victory.
Herman played the starters for one series in the second half. With the offense taking the ball to open the third quarter due to UTEP winning the coin toss and deferring its option to the second half, Herman wanted “to play the starters for a series in the third quarter just so they could get used to a halftime, coming out of halftime, implementing some of the adjustments that we had made at halftime and then to start rolling in some of the key backups and then, obviously, there toward the end some of the down-the-line guys some experience.
Ranked No. 8 in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25, Texas shouldn’t be expected to test the team’s overall depth to that extent in the Big 12 opener at Texas Tech on Saturday. With that said, the threat of COVID-19 means the depth chart can change at the drop of a hat, which is why it’s worth looking beyond the starting 22 as Horns247 takes a look at the depth chart heading into the battle with the Red Raiders.
He is medically available. I would think JJ would be the first to tell you he’s not quite there yet from a confidence standpoint to go out and do the things that he does well. I think we’ll play that as it goes and just kind of judge by his confidence level. He had a great day yesterday in 7-on-7, so we’ll see. We’re kind of easing him into more and more bodies being around him and stuff like that and he’s getting more and more comfortable with that. Again, this is kind of a free year when it comes to eligibility, so you don’t have to worry about four games or what game and redshirt not redshirt, any of that stuff. I’d like to get JJ into a game at some point, hopefully, multiple games, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.