Since last week, we've been examining the strongest and weakest positions for each team in the Big 12 going into the fall.
We continue the series below with the Texas Longhorns:
Strongest position: Defensive tackle
There's star potential in the middle of Texas' defense. Hassan Ridgeway and Poona Ford look like two of the Longhorns' most talented players exiting spring, and Desmond Jackson will be a key leader as a senior when he gets back on the field.
How Texas decides to utilize that trio will be fascinating to watch as the season goes on, because the rapid rise of Ford creates real versatility at the nose tackle spot. Ridgeway quietly had a breakout season in 2014 playing alongside first-round pick Malcom Brown, racking up 11 TFLs and six sacks thanks in part to all the attention and blockers Brown took on.
He got that opportunity because "Tank" Jackson went down with a season-ending foot injury against UCLA. Fortunately, Jackson gets a chance to redo his senior season and reemerge as a force. Ford is only 5-foot-11 but showed giant potential this spring. He earned praise from the staff this spring for being a technician and will learn even more as a true sophomore.
Behind those guys is Paul Boyette Jr., who gained valuable experience last season, as well as Alex Norman and Chris Nelson. Du'Vonta Lampkin might be a redshirt candidate as a true freshman but has terrific size and potential.
Weakest position: Wide receiver
Should we have gone with quarterback? Yeah, maybe so. But Tyrone Swoopes does at least have 19 games under his belt and 12 career starts. Texas' entire wide receivers room has 20 career starts. This group is definitely not weak on talent, just experience.
Marcus Johnson leads the group with 11 starts and might be the only lock to start, but he's trying to bounce back after losing confidence and scoring just once last season. Daje Johnson is the only other veteran with starting experience, but he's still an enigma who was too inconsistent this spring after finishing with -7 receiving yards last season.
Beyond those two, it's a deep cast of young and intriguing options. Armanti Foreman can be a serious playmaker. Jacorey Warrick and Dorian Leonard were the stars of the spring for their consistency and need to turn that into results this fall. Lorenzo Joe is going to get the ball more, especially if Jerrod Heard is at QB, and the staff seems to like walk-on Ty Templin. A few newcomers should get a chance early, too.
New assistant Jay Norvell is the right guy to be coaching this group, but it's hard to overlook the uncertainty of knowing who's going to become Texas' leading receivers.