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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Chet Moss

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. 13 Chet Moss
Junior fullback


Expectations in 2013: Fullback is one of the few positions where Texas does not have a returning starter on the offense. Thing is, fullback is one of the few positions in which Texas does not need a returning starter. With the move to the spread offense and three healthy running backs, Texas might only deploy a true fullback inside the 20-yard line and even then, quite possibly, only in goal-line situations. Moss does have a shot at being the first fullback called on. But Texas does have options as it moved Alex De La Torre to fullback before the start of the 2012 season.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Moss will most likely have to make his mark on special teams. He played there and was consistent in 2012. He even had a 12-yard return on a short kick against Kansas. Texas does have some goal-line packages that include the fullback, including a pass play. Ryan Roberson scored on just such a play against Ole Miss last year. So Moss does have to keep his head in the game and in practice just in case Texas elects to utilize him inside the red zone.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Moss has had to flip-flop positions in the past, going from linebacker to fullback. That can stunt a player’s development. Now while Moss did play some at fullback in 2012, including a start at Oklahoma State, he might not be the best blocking back just yet due to his limited time at the position. On those occasions when Texas does need a fullback, it will need a reliable lead blocker or at least someone capable of chip blocking to keep David Ash off his back. Moss has yet to be given that opportunity, so it is difficult to know how he will react in that situation.

Future expectations: Moss likely will continue to make his mark on special teams. Texas appears to be drifting away from the use of the fullback. Plus, with three backs, one of whom (Joe Bergeron) is big enough to be a fullback, there doesn’t appear to be a need to bring another player into the fold.