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‘Horns will rely heavily on youth at Notre Dame

Tyrone Swoopes. Coach Strong. Texas football at practice on Aug 11, 2015 (photo: Jesse Drohen)

Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed that incumbent Tyrone Swoopes will start the 2015 season opener at Notre Dame (photo: Jesse Drohen).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

The Texas Longhorns will rely heavily on players recruited by second-year coach Charlie Strong when they open their season Saturday at 11th-ranked Notre Dame, including seven who never have taken a snap in a college game.

Talk about baptism under fire. (Continue reading below.)

(Continued from above.) The Longhorns’ first two-deep depth chart lists five true freshmen (WR John Burt, OT Connor Williams, RG Patrick Vahe, MLB Malik Jefferson and punter Michael Dickson) and two redshirt freshmen (WLB Edwin Freeman and CB John Bonney) as starters. Four other starters — WR Armanti Foreman, TE Andrew Beck, DT Poona Ford and FS Jason Hall — are sophomores who played as true freshman last season.

That’s 11 spots out of the 24

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .