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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Ashton Dorsey

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. 85 Ashton Dorsey
Senior defensive tackle

Expectations for 2013: Don’t overlook the quality contribution Dorsey made in 2012. He quietly led all Texas DTs in tackles for loss with 10, and his seven TFLs in Big 12 games were topped only by Alex Okafor. More than a third of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage. Had he not missed four of Texas’ final five games with a calf injury, Dorsey might get a lot more recognition. Expectations should be fairly high going into his final season, and rightfully so.

Best-case scenario for 2013: Dorsey becomes a full-time starter and a first- or second-team All-Big 12 performer. He has plenty of room to improve in the sacks category after recording zero last season. He’s got enough talent and experience to play his way into NFL Draft consideration with a strong season.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: Texas has lots of quality defensive tackles. They can get by without Dorsey. If another injury sidelines him early in the season, he could fall behind some tandem of Desmond Jackson, Malcom Brown and Chris Whaley and get relegated to the role of rotation player.

Future expectations: The future is now for Dorsey. He’s a senior. If he wants to play at the next level, he’ll have to prove it this fall. The rise of second-year linemen such as Brown and Hassan Ridgeway gives Texas a seemingly solid future at the position, but the departure of Okafor means the veterans on this line need to step up now.