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Friday, May 3, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Jordan Hicks

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. 3 Jordan Hicks
Junior linebacker

Expectations for 2013: Hicks is coming off a hip injury that cost him 10 games in 2012. He should be completely healthy and ready to lead the linebackers. Texas will need him to lead what will be a very young group of linebackers as the expectations are that true sophomores Dalton Santos and Peter Jinkens are going to be the other two starters.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Hicks stays healthy. Plain and simple. The last two years Hicks has struggled with injuries. In 2011 it was a hamstring that slowed him down until he had 12 tackles in the Holiday Bowl. Last season Hicks was the team’s leading tackler before injuring his hip against Ole Miss.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Hicks is either injured or has lost a step because of the injury. It was hard to tell how Hicks held up in the spring because he was once again dealing with hamstring issues that held him out of practices. Texas does have other options at the outside linebacker position, but none are as talented as Hicks.

Future impact: Texas currently has Hicks classified as a junior -- the program applied for a medical redshirt for Hicks -- and it is not likely he will leave early. That means this is the first of two seasons in which the same three linebackers should be playing together. That should make for a rather experienced and talented group.