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Monday, July 22, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: TE Greg Daniels

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. 81 Greg Daniels
Junior tight end

Expectations for 2013: Daniels had a better 2012 season than you probably remember. He played in all 13 games and started eight last season, his first as a tight end after moving from defensive end, and he had one of the plays of the year with his catch to start the Iowa State game. Daniels will see the field plenty this fall, though his role changes a bit now that Bryan Harsin isn’t calling the offense. While Harsin loved sets with multiple tight ends, there will still be plenty of need for run blocking and the occasional big reception with Major Applewhite in charge.

Best-case scenario for 2013: If M.J. McFarland doesn’t turn the corner and play up to his potential as one of the better tight ends in the Big 12, Daniels could be in for a lot of action in 2013. Best case, Daniels goes for a lot more than the five receptions he had last fall and secures his spot in the starting lineup.

Worst-case scenario for 2013: Texas’ efforts to put three and four receivers on the field more often means fewer snaps for the tight ends, which means a more limited role for McFarland. Juco transfer Geoff Swaim becomes the No. 2 guy and Daniels has a hard time finding his niche.

Future expectations: The tight end position has been a tricky one for the Longhorns in recruiting recently. Durham Smythe would’ve helped solidify the position, but he flipped to Notre Dame. The answer may be on the way in John Thomas, the 2014 commit from Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College, but the position is wide-open enough that a relatively big season from Daniels this year would go a long way toward ensuring a bright future.