August 25, 2007

Time to D-up

T-minus two days. No we're not talking about the countdown to the start of the regular season for the fourth-ranked Texas Longhorns, but rather we're counting down to the official announcement of two-deep depth chart that will be released on Monday. It's been eight months since the Longhorns last suited up for a football game and the team hasn't had a depth chart since that time.

Therefore, after closed practices in the spring and fall, the entire Longhorn Nation will finally learn who starts, who's backing up and who's likely going to be off the radar for much of the 2007 season.

Here's a breakdown of what you can expect on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Tackles

Who starts? - Frank Okam and Derek Lokey

This part of the line-up was set heading into camp with Okam and Lokey both being returning starters. Both players are among the best in the Big 12 and you could probably spend a good amount of time trying to debate which player is more valuable to the team. The good news is that the Longhorns will start the season with both of them in the line-up, which wasn't the case in 2006 when Lokey missed most of the second half of the year.

Who are the back-up? - Roy Miller and Thomas Marshall

There probably are only a couple of teams in the entire nation that Miller wouldn't start for and the Longhorns happen to be one of those teams. The junior from Killeen Shoemaker was at his best in the Alamo Bowl game when he seemingly disrupted the Iowa offensive line on a play-by-play basis. He'll see just as many snaps as the starters and will be an impact player for the Longhorns. Marshall isn't at that level, but he's a good, solid player that can give you a fair amount of quality snaps each week if needed.

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