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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: OL Greenlea

By Max Olson

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. 76 Garrett Greenlea
Sophomore tackle

Expectations for 2013: You have to think this upcoming fall camp will be a critical one for Greenlea. Texas just signed its best offensive line class of Mack Brown’s tenure, and that’s going to create a major challenge for experienced backups like Greenlea. They’re at risk of being surpassed on the depth chart by the newcomers, and Stacy Searels is not afraid to play true freshmen if they’re the best linemen he’s got.

Best-case scenario for 2013: With veterans Josh Cochran and Donald Hawkins returning and incoming juco transfer Desmond Harrison expected to play a big role, the best-case possibility for Greenlea might be getting on the two-deep going into the season. Searles and Brown have talked extensively about wanting 10 good linemen to rely on, and Greenlea has to become one of them by outplaying guys like Kennedy Estelle, Kent Perkins and Camrhon Hughes. If he’s the top backup at one of the tackle spots, he’ll be in for solid playing time as Texas rotates in its second line more.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: It’s pretty simple: Greenlea could fall behind Harrison, Estelle and Perkins and fail to see the field in 2013. Searles has so many offensive linemen to choose from right now and several options for drawing up his starting lineup. Greenlea is entering his third year in the program. The time to start contributing is now.

Future expectations: Greenlea got some mop-up time against New Mexico last season but little more than that. To his credit, he has prototypical size as a tackle at 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds and he’s had two seasons on scout team to adjust to the college game. The expectations for those three aforementioned young tackles are awfully high, but if they aren’t ready, a guy like Greenlea could finally get his opportunity and will have to deliver.