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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Alex Norman

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. 94 Alex Norman
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle

Expectations for 2013: When you talk about Texas defensive tackles going into 2013, you don’t hear a lot of talk about Norman and the role he’s ready to play. That’s not necessarily his fault, not with four experienced tackles who received significant playing time set to return, but Norman is a bit under the radar following his freshman season and the rise of fellow second-year tackle Hassan Ridgeway, who also redshirted.

Best-case scenario for 2013: He displays the talent in fall camp that made him an Under Armour All-American and works his way into the rotation as a second-string tackle who makes a nice impact in a supporting role. Texas is stacked at defensive tackle in 2013, but Norman can make a case for why he should get lots of reps in 2014 when Ashton Dorsey and Chris Whaley are gone.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: He’s stuck on the bench and surpassed by two members of his own class, Ridgeway and potential starter Malcom Brown. Norman doesn’t get much more than occasional mop-up time and maybe a few snaps in nonconference play.

Future expectations: At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Norman’s problem is not his size. He just has a lot of defensive tackles ahead of him on the depth chart going into fall camp. The graduation of Dorsey and Whaley should create a lot more opportunity in the spring. Ridgeway and Brown are generally considered more promising, but it would be wrong to count out Norman, as he’s only a redshirt freshman.