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More players who could make an early impact

1/4/2012

HornsNation looked at newcomers who could make immediate impacts in 2012. Here is the full story.

While the offense dominated, the defense has a few places where an incoming player could step in and play immediately.

Despite having considerable depth along the defensive line, Texas is in need of an anchor to fill the void left by Kheeston Randall.

Brandon Moore, a former Alabama player, is expected to step in and challenge for that starting spot. That would allow Texas to fill in around Moore with some of the emerging talent from 2011.

The Longhorns should have the luxury of handing out a few more redshirts on defense in 2012 than it did in 2011, That is unless it can somehow snag one of the big national recruits left such as safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown) or defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan). Collins would challenge for a starting spot. Edwards would be behind Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat.

Lastly, and given all the missed kicks in big spots this year across college football, most importantly could be the kicker. Justin Tucker, who Brown said suffered from a dead leg at the end of the season because of his field goal, punting and kickoff duties, is gone.

“We have to go back and find our kicker,” Brown said. "We have to find our punter. They may not be here yet.”

Brown is alluding to Nick Jordan (Coppell, Texas/Coppell). Jordan will get every opportunity to take over the field goal and extra point duties for Texas. He is rated as the fourth best kicker nationally by ESPNU.