Friday, June 27, 2014
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Marcus Hutchins
By Max Olson
Before Texas begins its first season under Charlie Strong, we're taking a deep dive into all the talent he inherits in 2014. Our Burnt Orange Breakdown series takes a closer look at each scholarship player returning this fall and what we can expect from him. We're going down the roster from No. 1 Shiro Davis all the way to No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
Recruitment rewind: A three-star offensive line prospect from DeSoto, Texas, Hutchins was one of the whopping 13 prospects who committed during a February 2010 junior day. He picked Texas over offers from USC, Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor and several others. He earned all-state honors twice at DeSoto in his three years starting and was signed to play guard or center.
Career so far: Hutchins redshirted in 2011 and has played in just two games in his entire career -- against New Mexico and New Mexico State. He moved from offensive line over to defensive tackle before the 2013 season, but that didn't open up any more opportunities for playing time. Hutchins did earn scout team player of the week once last year.
Best-case scenario for 2014: Texas' depth behind its starting defensive tackles and Hassan Ridgeway is questionable at best. Hutchins has now had a year to learn the position. If he's capable of being a contributing reserve, he needs to show it now. He has no injury history, as far as we know. He's just been a scout team-level player to this point in his career. The Longhorns need more than that.
Worst-case scenario for 2014: Hutchins spends another year on the scout team with no on-field impact. Side note: Why haven't DeSoto players found any success in recent years at Texas? Bryson Echols could break the trend, and maybe Curtis Riser does too, but so far Hutchins has been a non-factor and Adrian White and Darius Terrell both transferred. DeSoto was a great pipeline for Mack Brown, a program that cranks out talented, well-coached kids year after year. For whatever reason, Claude Mathis' kids are succeeding everywhere else but Texas.
Future expectations: This is pretty much a now-or-never year for Hutchins entering his fourth season in the program. Brown was never one to run kids out of his program if they weren't contributing, but who knows how Strong will handle players like this. Can the new staff get something out of Hutchins? You have to feel for the guy -- no doubt he wants to play and wants to show what he can do. But he hasn't proven enough to earn a snap in a Big 12 game thus far.