- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
No. 66 Sedrick Flowers
Expectations for 2013: Flowers was able to come on late in 2012 and display his athleticism on the interior line. He continued that through the spring until an injury prevented him from participating in the spring game. Still, there is some promise that Flowers might be able to be a contributor in 2013. The issue will be where can Texas play him and how much playing time can he get because the interior line is becoming very crowded, very quickly.
Best-case scenario for 2013: Flowers can play either guard spot or the center, so that does bode well for him. But Texas has three players returning at those positions and might move another, Donald Hawkins, into a guard spot if Desmond Harrison works out at tackle. Additionally, Texas wants to play Darius James as a true freshman. So that’s potential six different players for three spots on the interior of the line. Flowers should be a part of that two-deep but how much he will play will depend on his willingness to not just block, but move quickly on the field and be a part of the uptempo offense.
Worst-case scenario for 2013: If Flowers does not assert himself this season, he will become lost in the shuffle among the linemen. Texas recruited five offensive linemen in 2013 and the Longhorns have to see something out of Flowers in 2013 to make him a viable option as a starter in 2014.
Future expectations: Again, it all hinges on this season. Flowers does not have to become a starter in 2013. But he does need to be a solid contributor. If he can do that, then Flowers will be set up to be a two-year starter at one of the guard positions in 2014 and 2015.