Monday, January 21, 2013
Harrison adds to questions on O-line
By William Wilkerson
Go ahead and pencil Texas’ newest commitment Desmond Harrison (Contra Costa College) in at left tackle.
Juco transfer Donald Hawkins started at left tackle for the Longhorns in 2012 but might switch positions in 2013.
The 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman, who chose the Longhorns over Arizona State, Oklahoma and USC on Monday, is going to protect David Ash’s blind side next year. That much is known.
What’s left up for debate is what the rest of the line is going to look like.
Will current left tackle Donald Hawkins shift inside to left guard, giving Texas two experienced and capable linemen to protect its quarterback? But if that happens then Trey Hopkins will be uprooted from his left guard position. He was perhaps the Longhorns’ best lineman in 2012. Where does he fit in?
Dominic Espinosa is the most scrutinized of the five current linemen by a wide margin, but he’ll be bringing two years of starting experience to the fold in 2013 (and he’s healthy). Does Texas really want to remove that from the equation?
Does Texas mess with the cohesion in place between right guard Mason Walters, the leader of the group, and right tackle Josh Cochran, who has started his first two years on the 40 Acres?