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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Bryce Cottrell

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. 52 Bryce Cottrell
Freshman defensive end

Expectations for 2013: Cottrell is going to be a practice player and scout-teamer for Texas as a freshman. The Longhorns are just too loaded at the defensive end spot to add him to the rotation. Texas already has four players in the rotation, and if it needed to dip down into the lower classes, it would likely tap Caleb Bluiett over Cottrell.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Cottrell needs to add weight to his 230-pound frame. So this will be a season in which he works on getting stronger while at the same time providing a good look for Texas' first-string offensive tackles. If he does get some playing time, it will be late in blowout games. On the positive side, Cottrell will be able to have time to get used to what should be a faster pace of play for him, and really for the entire Texas defense, as it moves to an uptempo style in 2013.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: One of the big issues for Cottrell is going to be adding muscle to his frame. He is not going to be effective at defensive end at 230 pounds and needs to move into the 250-pound range in order to be a viable candidate for some playing time. Texas does have a solid stockpile of defensive ends so if Cottrell does not make some strides in practice and the weight room this season, he could be left behind.

Future expectations: Texas will lose two of its top four defensive ends after the season and will give Cottrell a hard look this season and next spring to see if he could be a viable backup in 2014. It’s not likely he would become a regular player until at least 2015 -- or maybe even his senior season. Right now, Texas appears to have plenty of talent at the defensive end spot.