HornsNation, will analyze each of the scholarship players currently on the Texas roster. (The bulk of the 2012 class is not currently on the roster.) We will look at the player’s past contributions, what he might do for Texas this year and the future impact he could have on the program. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis we will go through the roster numerically before ending with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
Defensive end, 6-3, 259, junior
Impact so far
Wilson has played sparingly as a backup and probably had the best game of his career against Cal in the Holiday Bowl in 2011. Wilson recovered his second fumble of the season in that game and played more snaps due to a shoulder injury to Jackson Jeffcoat. He has played in 25 games for Texas but has not started yet.
Impact in 2012
Wilson was one of the surprise players in the spring. Texas did not have Jeffcoat due to offseason surgery and was not going to put senior Alex Okafor through the rigors of another spring. So it leaned on Wilson to come in and show what he could do. Wilson did not disappoint. He proved to be quicker off the ball than Texas had previously thought. While that is not enough to push him into a starting position, Texas may be more inclined to use him now to spell its starting defensive ends.
Impact in 2013
Wilson should be ready to assume one of the starting defensive end positions, but he will have to battle Cedric Reed and Shiro Davis. He should have the edge when it comes to experience. But Wilson needs to prove during his junior season that he is an impact player off the bench. If he does that it should clear the way for a starting role.