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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mailbag: Freshmen, top WRs and stars on DL

By Sean Adams

Each week, Sean Adams opens up the mailbag to answer all your questions about the Texas Longhorns. Send your questions to him @thatsean on Twitter.

Michael H. Pelech @michaelpelech10 on Twitter: Can you name one of the true freshmen that nobody is talking about that will be a star before he leaves the 40 acres?

Sean Adams: Antwuan Davis, the freshman from Bastrop, Texas, looks the part right now. He has the speed and athleticism to go with it. He just has to put it all together. While experience and reps will keep him from making a huge impact this fall, he will be a star down the road for the Longhorns.

Johnathan Gray
With an up-tempo scheme, Johnathan Gray could be poised for a big follow-up to his freshman season.
He has the legs, the arm length, the size and everything else that you need to produce a big time player. The only left for him is to grow, develop and play with confidence.

Chris Bennett @chrisgb00 on Twitter: With the transfers and injuries playing a part, what would be the three and four wide receiver set for the Longhorns in game one?

SA: I believe the three wide receiver set as it is right now would be Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis and Daje Johnson. Kendall Sanders would make up the four but he is out for game one breaking team rules. Texas fans can feel good about the prospects for Shipley and Davis. Both will be ready to go when the clock starts and Johnson will play at a level above last year’s freshman performance.

Thomas Jordan Sutton @TJSutton04 on Twitter: Who will have the better record between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Texas Longhorns in 2013?

SA: Assuming Texas A&M does have the full season from 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at quarterback I would pick them to lose at home to Alabama and to LSU on the road in what most likely will be a night game. That would put them at 10-2.

I am picking Texas to lose two games even though there is a high probability that Texas will be favored in every game that they play. I don’t know which game they will lose seeing as I think they have a better roster than anyone on their schedule. There toughest games are Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

I think both teams could end up with the same record. What an event it would be if they were matched up in a bowl game?

Michael H. Pelech @michaelpelech10 on Twitter: Is there enough on the Texas defensive line to create pressure without Manny Diaz having to blitz?

SA: I actually like the defensive line even though a potential star at that position might not be known. If there is one, it is Jackson Jeffcoat but he has to prove that he can stay healthy. Cedric Reed, Reggie Wilson and Shiro Davis create a good rotation at defensive end. Malcom Brown, Chris Whaley, Desmond Jackson and Ashton Dorsey create a good rotation at defensive tackle.

There is not a star on the defensive line but one could emerge from the group especially at defensive end where all four could end up making plays.

Mike Miller @uthorns10 on Twitter: Will it be easier for Texas to have a 1,000-yard running back or a 1,000-yard wide receiver?

SA: I believe this will be a team that will be able to run the ball and moving into the tempo offense should help them. Texas having a 1,000-yard wide receiver will be a tall order with two All-Big 12 level receivers. Couple that fact with the amount of balls that will be thrown to the slot receivers, tight ends and running backs in different formations and having a 1,000-yard rusher will be easier to accomplish.