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.
Editor's note: This is the fourth part of a weeklong series breaking down Texas' most important spring position battles when the Longhorns begin practice in two weeks. Moving on: It's entirely possible no BCS program had a more experienced duo of offensive guards in 2013 than Texas.
Texas entered the 2013 season with one of the nation's most experienced offensive lines. That's no longer the case going into spring ball, though the Longhorns did add one of the nation's most respected offensive line coaches this offseason.
AUSTIN, Texas -- You're not supposed to mess with a good thing, right? Texas' offensive line is as experienced as any in the country this fall. All five starters return and have a combined 124 career starts under their oversized belts.
Darius James was the most highly touted member of Texas' 2013 class, but he arrived in Austin this month with a considerable chip on his shoulder. The nation's No. 17 overall prospect from Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights is hungry to prove he deserved that acclaim after missing nearly his entire senior season with a broken left foot.
ESPN 150 offensive tackle Kent Perkins (Dallas/Lake Highlands) values relationships. The bond he has built with fellow 2013 signees and the Texas coaching staff cemented his feelings of wanting to become a Longhorn when he committed to them 16 months ago.
about 400 days ago | William Wilkerson | Texas Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas -- Rare is the time when a coach singles out players from others. Football, after all, is a team sport. And Texas likes to take that concept to a new level. Take, for instance, any question about a quarterback from the two previous seasons.
about 427 days ago | Carter Strickland | Texas Longhorns
AUSTIN, Texas -- Each week, I look at a few topics around the Texas Longhorns and college football. First down: Few O-linemen in 2014 class Expect Texas to concentrate on the 2015 offensive line class -- it already has three rising juniors committed -- and to stick with one or two offensive linemen in the 2014 class.