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Monday, July 29, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Reggie Wilson

By William Wilkerson

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. 92 Reggie Wilson
Senior defensive end

Expectations for 2013: This is Wilson’s last opportunity to impress Texas’ coaches and NFL scouts alike. He’ll get more of an opportunity this season than ever before as the Longhorns search for someone to fill the void left by Alex Okafor, who is now in the NFL. He and junior Cedric Reed will get the first crack at claiming that spot.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Wilson continues his streak of never missing a game at Texas and taps even more into the potential he’s shown in spurts over the past three seasons. There’s no question that he can play. He just doesn’t always get the results you might expect. Numbers don’t always tell the story of a defensive lineman, but Wilson is going to have to do more than record 31 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two sacks and five quarterback hurries in 2013 for it to be considered a successful season.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: Wilson doesn’t build off of his junior season and his career at Texas plateaus below where most expected it to. If he doesn’t play well early, the Longhorns could look more toward their young guns in Shiro Davis, Caleb Bluiett and Bryce Cottrell.

Future expectations for Wilson: This is a contract season for Wilson, who has to step up his game to prove to NFL scouts that he can play at the next level. He’s certainly got the look of someone who could play on Sundays. If he can live up to the hype he brought with him from high school, when he was an All-American, his stock should rise leading up to the NFL combine.