Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Kennedy Estelle
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.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Estelle only played in three games for Texas in 2012 because of a shoulder injury. But Texas liked him as a true freshman and was willing to throw him out there and see what he had. Estelle showed that, despite his young age, he could stay with the game at this level and be productive. Texas is expecting more of the same in 2012.
Best-case scenario for 2013: Estelle is going to play at tackle. He moves well and is a solid fit for the new uptempo scheme that Texas is running. But he is not going to be able to beat out any of the starting tackles. Look for him to really be the fourth tackle on the field for Texas behind Josh Cochran, Desmond Harrison and Donald Hawkins. (Hawkins should end up at guard but may also be used at tackle if there are issues at that position.) Estelle should get plenty of playing time early and be able to use his long arms and wide base to keep rushers away from quarterback David Ash on three- and five-step drops. He might not be ready to protect on extended seven-step drops just yet.
Worst-case scenario for 2013: When a player has a shoulder injury there is always a worry. Tackles, like every other player, take a constant pounding on their shoulders. Additionally, Estelle has to have a strong upper body in order to keep the defensive end at arm’s length. He didn’t show any linger issues during the spring, but it is something to watch and be concerned about.
Future expectations: Estelle is being groomed to be a starting tackle in 2014. He should be given enough time and snaps to grow into the position and be ready to step to the front of the line in 2014.