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Monday, May 20, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Tevin Jackson

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. 11 Tevin Jackson
Junior linebacker

Expectations in 2013: This could be a breakout year for Jackson. He started to show some flashes at the end of 2012 and was able to build on that during the spring. Jackson’s speed should be an asset for Texas on throwing situations and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has started to trust Jackson enough to put him in on those situations. Jackson still could contend for a starting spot but coming out of spring it appeared as if he would be a backup linebacker.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Jackson needs to be played strategically by Diaz. If the defensive coordinator can figure out when Jackson best impacts the game it could be a huge bonus for Texas. The junior is a straight-ahead blitzer and has the speed to blow by any backs trying to chip. Jackson had a career-high seven tackles against Oregon State including two tackles for loss. So it does appear as if Texas has a handle on how to play him.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: If Jackson is just relegated to being a standout special teams player, it will be a failure for Texas. The junior might not have quite what it takes to start at linebacker over Peter Jinkens or Jordan Hicks but he does have a solid enough skill set that the staff needs to play him on some snaps in every game.

Future impact: If Jackson can pick up where he left off in 2012 then Texas will have reliable depth at the linebacker position. He has started two game sin his career at linebacker but that will most likely not be his role going forward. Texas has young talent at linebacker and it doesn’t appear as if Jackson can beat those players out. Where he needs to make an impact is as a speed rusher and special teams player.