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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Aaron Benson

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. 8 Aaron Benson
Junior linebacker

Expectations for 2013: Benson has had a hard time working his way into the Texas lineup in his first two years. He has played in four games as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. His time at linebacker might be even more limited in 2013 given that Texas is getting younger and faster at that position. Where he could make an impact in on a special teams unit if Texas elects to move some of its starting defensive players of those units and make room for reserves.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Really, there is not a scenario in which Benson becomes and impactful, down-after-down player for Texas. While he does have experience, Texas has seven linebackers ahead of him who have all started at least one game. If Benson can throw himself into special teams and become a dedicated player on that unit he might be able to impact some games for the Longhorns.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Benson does have an opportunity to help Texas by the way he conducts himself in practice. During the season it will be imperative that reserves like Benson give the first-team offense solid looks in order to keep that offense sharp. Additionally, since he is an older player he can set the tone of the younger players. If he fails to do this it could negatively impact the way Texas practices.

Future impact: Benson’s talents would be exploited on special teams and if he is to get significant playing time for Texas it will be on those special teams. He should see some time at linebacker against New Mexico State and possibly in some other fourth quarters. But his best chance for success is on special teams.