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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: DE Shiro Davis

By Carter Strickland

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. 1 Shiro Davis
Sophomore defensive end


Expectations for 2013: As a true freshman last season Davis only played in a little more than half the games and had a minimal impact with just three tackles. But with the departure of Alex Okafor and health issues that have surrounded Jackson Jeffcoat this could be a year in which Davis sees considerably more playing time. He probably will not rise to the status of starter yet. But should see time in just about every game

Best-case scenario in 2013: Davis needs to accept his current role as a speed rusher. If he does this he could flourish on passing downs and really bring Texas the outside threat that they have lacked for the past several seasons. He is still too light (236 pounds) to withstand the every-down pounding and to take on tackles and tight ends. But spread out wide with a good angle, Davis could be tough for any offense to handle.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: There is a legitimate concern that Davis could get lost in the shuffle at defensive end. Caleb Bluiett was more productive in the spring game and if he slips past Davis into the four-man rotation it might discourage the young player. Also Texas is flirting with moving Steve Edmond to defensive end. Again if Edmond moved ahead of Davis as the outside speed rusher, it would damage Davis’ confidence and future results.

Future impact: Davis has the tools to become a very productive rush end for Texas but has to put on the weight and hold off some hard-charging players for that role. If he gets a taste of success this year it could go a long way in his maturation as a player.