HornsNation, will analyze each of the scholarship players currently on the Texas roster. (The bulk of the 2012 class is not currently on the roster.) We will look at the player’s past contributions, what he might do for Texas this year and the future impact he could have on the program. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis we will go through the roster numerically before ending with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
Defensive end, 6-6, 250, sophomore
Impact so far
Reed played as a freshman but his true impact might not have actually happened until the spring. With Jackson Jeffcoat out after surgery, Reed was able to step up and fill a role on the defensive line. The Texas coaches were pleasantly surprised with his ability and speed off the ball.
Impact in 2012
Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor are the two defensive ends who are going to get the most playing time and stats. But Reed will be vital in allowing both of the starters to get a breather now and then. If he can build on what he started in the spring, Reed should see considerable playing time and make the defensive line that much stronger and deeper for Texas.
Impact in 2013 and beyond
By his junior season, Reed should be a starter at one of the defensive end positions. He will have competition with Shiro Davis and Reggie Williams. That trio should take over the roles of Okafor and Jeffcoat quite adequately.