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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Mason Walters

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. 72 Mason Walters
Senior guard

Expectations for 2012: Walters should be the leader along the offensive line. He is the veteran and has the most potential upside. But that doesn’t mean he should be comfortable in his position. Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who has watched Walters and most of his linemen be completely ineffective against top 25 teams, is not afraid to change things up along that line and could threaten Walter’s future by playing one of his younger guards.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Walters needs to make it through the season without taking any plays off. In the past he has played well at points and not as well at others. He has the ability and the experience to be a dominant player on the inside for Texas. He has not been that to date despite being a constant fixture on the line. Walters needs a solid game against solid competition to prove to the coaches that he is fully engaged in being the leader along the line in 2013.

Worst-case scenario for 2103: It seems strange but this 38-game starter could get benched if he is not productive. Texas has several options at the guard position and has to do something to shake up what has been pathetic offensive lien play against top competition. Walters and guard Trey Hopkins will each have to hold off younger players like Darius James and Sedrick Flowers. Donald Hawkins is another potential threat at guard.

Future expectations: With a good year Walters will find himself in the NFL next season. How high he is selected depends on how well he adapts to the uptempo offense and how well he plays against some of the tougher competition he will face in 2013.