Burnt Orange Breakdown: 26 D.J. Monroe

Over the next two months, 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.

No. 26 D.J. Monroe

Senior, 5-9, 175, wide receiver/running back

Impact so far

Monroe’s impact has been less than what many thought it would be. By his own admission, the speedster did not do himself many favors by not being completely familiar with the playbook in 2010. In 2011, Monroe was more involved in the offense, touching the ball 56 times on run and pass plays. He showed his explosive ability by averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Monroe’s one career highlight has been a 60-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma in 2010. He had a 100-yard return against Oklahoma called back in 2011.

Impact in 2012

Texas simply has too many runners, so it is trying to decide what to do with Monroe. Ideally, it would like to put him at wide receiver, but he does not have the hands to be at that position. The thought is that if Monroe were able to catch the ball in some space on screens and at the line, he could do some damage because of his speed.

Because his hands are suspect, the coaches are going to create a hybrid position of sorts wherein Monroe is part running back and part wide receiver. Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is all about getting players in a position where they can best be successful. He knows Monroe has big-play capability. He just has to get him into a spot where he can be successful.