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Monday, May 27, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Bryson Echols

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. 15 Bryson Echols
Freshman cornerback

Expectations for 2013: Echols could come in as a reserve player, but that role is going to be contingent upon if Duke Thomas is a legitimate threat to play wide receiver. Right now Thomas and Sheroid Evans are the backup cornerbacks and it is not likely that Texas would go beyond those two unless there were several injuries.  Thomas has the opportunity to play both sides of the ball and did so in the spring game. But now that the charges against wide receiver Cayleb Jones have been reduced it appears as if he will be back in the fold, so Thomas’ help on the offensive side of the ball will not be as necessary. That means Echols might be stuck on third string instead of moving up to the second team.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Echols really needs one more year to learn. So, for him, it might be best just to be a solid practice player who maybe gets some time in games where the outcome is decided early. Texas will most likely lose both its corners after this season. Carrington Byndom is a senior and Quandre Diggs is a candidate to go pro early. That means Echols could be in a position to be a starter in 2014 if he has a solid year of practice in 2013.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: Echols will have to hold off newcomer Antwuan Davis when it comes to get reps in practice and possible playing time. If Echols is not on top of his game he could find himself sliding down what has become a very deep cornerback position for Texas.

Future expectations: While Echols might not play that much this season, his practice habits could go a long way in determining whether or not he is a viable option at cornerback in the future. Texas has plenty of talent at the position and has brought in more talent with the 2013 class. It is easy for a player to get lost and forgotten when there are so many bodies available at one position.