- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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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 will take 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.
No. 28 Nick Jordan
Recruitment rewind: Mack Brown extended an offer to Jordan in the summer of 2011 and he became the Longhorns' 18th verbal pledge almost instantly. Jordan was considered one of the nation's top kickers out of Coppell (Texas) High and converted 15 of 20 field goal attempts on a team that rarely had to settle for field goals.
Career so far: As a true freshman, Jordan was Texas' on-again, off-again placekicker and had decent results for his debut year. He connected on 9 of 15 field goal attempts, making seven of his last 10 with a long of 40, and converted 31 of 32 PATs. A healthy Anthony Fera took over those duties in 2013, in addition to punting, and went on to become an All-American and Groza Award finalist. Jordan did not appear in a game last season and will be credited with a redshirt.
Best-case scenario for 2014: Jordan regains his starting duties kicking field goals and extra points after impressing Texas coaches in fall camp. He was thrown into the fire as a rookie and is now in his third year in the program, with a new special teams coach who has made no definitive plans on who's starting. He has kicked in big games, he's waited a year and now he wants his job back.
Worst-case scenario for 2014: Another year on the bench. Nick Rose seems to have the early lead for the kicking duties exiting spring ball and he has proven to have one heck of a leg. Chris Vaughn, the new special teams coach, wasn't around in 2012. What Jordan did then doesn't matter much. It's all about who the best man for the job is by the end of August.
Future expectations: Jordan has three more years of eligibility remaining and plenty of time to get back to where he was as a freshman. He and Rose came in the same class but are now a year apart in eligibility (Rose is a junior), so there is a chance that, even if Rose wins out, Jordan will get his chance eventually. No doubt he'd rather win the job now.