Schlabach: Way-too-early top 25, Take 2

February, 6, 2012
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Players have declared for the NFL draft. Recruits have signed their letters of intent. It's time to take a second look at the 2012 top 25.

Mark Schlabach has Texas ranked No. 22. Here's what he had to say about the Longhorns:

22. Texas Longhorns

Previous rank: 21

The Longhorns rebounded nicely this past season, after a head-scratching 5-7 finish in 2010. Although the UT defense made big strides under first-year coordinator Manny Diaz, its offense continued to sputter because of poor quarterback play. David Ash will have the edge entering spring practice, but he'll continue to be pushed by Case McCoy. The running game should be better if tailbacks Malcom Brown and Joe Bergeron can stay healthy, and incoming freshman Johnathan Gray -- ranked the No. 1 running back in the ESPNU 150 -- might provide immediate help. The Horns will have to replace linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, as well as defensive tackle Kheeston Randall. Incoming freshman Malcom Brown was the No. 7 prospect in the ESPNU 150.

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