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Friday, July 5, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Curtis Riser

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. 62 Curtis Riser
Freshman guard

Expectations for 2013: Riser is a backup at a loaded position for Texas. It is not likely that he will get any significant playing time as he is the fifth or sixth option for Texas at that position.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Riser is in a watch-and-learn spot. Texas already has Mason Walters, Trey Hopkins, Donald Hawkins, Sedrick Flowers and, most likely, Darius James, as candidates to play in front of Riser. James’ appearance in fall practice could push Riser because the competition between those two is to get on the field late in blowout games. Riser is going to need that edge in order to stay engaged in what might be a frustrating season of watching from the sidelines.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: Riser cannot let James come in and beat him out for playing time. Losing out to a true freshman after being on campus for a year could be a devastating blow to his future hopes of playing. Texas is young at the guard spot with James coming in and Flowers. Both those players are seen as the future at the guard positions. Riser has to work his way into that conversation over the next 12 months.

Future expectations: It's not a make-or-break season for Riser, but he could become an afterthought if he does not have a solid year of practice. Texas has proven that it is not going to wait around for guys on the offensive line -- or at any position for that matter. Texas recruited right over the top of Riser when it signed five offensive linemen in 2013. In order for him to be in line to play sometime during his career, he needs to prove something to coaches in practice this fall and next spring.