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Friday, June 14, 2013
HornsNation Mailbag: Swoopes over Ash?

By Sean Adams

Every Friday, HornsNation's Sean Adams will answer questions from readers. Send him a question on Twitter here.

@JaredSevers on Twitter: Where do you see Zeke Riser fitting into the DE rotation? Nobody is talking about him!

Zeke Riser
Houston transfer Zeke Riser could help the Longhorns' defensive line this fall.
A: Nobody is talking about him but he put up real numbers at Houston in 2012. He started 27 games for the Cougars. In 2012 he had 38 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss.

He is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds and I wouldn't be shocked if he made his way into the rotation at defensive end and maybe even tackle on passing downs.

@BryHeath on Twitter: In four years are there any teams you predict rising to power or falling from grace in college football?

A: If Todd Graham doesn't sneak away in the middle of the night for his next "favorite" job, Arizona State can be a great job. It's in a great location, has great recruiting assets and is in the conference that will make noise in the next four years.

Also keep am eye out on the University of Miami. I'm a fan of Al Golden and he only needs 25 good players a year and "The U" can pull that off. Miami still has enough prestige to get enough South Florida athletes to put with Golden's discipline and structure to make noise in the ACC.

Zach Cantu: Is Tyrone Swoopes ready to take Ash's starting spot?

A: No, no, no and 1,000 times no. If Texas has a shot to have a great season in 2013, David Ash will have a great season and play especially well against Oklahoma, TCU and Oklahoma State.

Swoopes is a big-time talent and fantastic prospect but as ESPN's Trent Dilfer said after the Elite 11 camp, Swoopes needs time and reps.

Shawn Barnett: And just exactly who will start for Texas this year, and if Case McCoy doesn't start will he be a backup after his choices near the bowl game?

A: Ash is the starter and he's not in jeopardy of losing that role. I see McCoy as the backup unless it becomes an extended issue because of an elongated injury to Ash. In that case, I could see Swoopes getting ramped up to manage the offense.