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 tackle, 6-1, 303, sophomore
Impact so far
Jackson was a pleasant surprise along the defensive line as a true freshman. He proved to be the strongest of the defensive linemen on the roster and filled in more than adequately as a backup. He played in 13 games and had two sacks.
Impact in 2012
During spring practice Jackson was the starter next to Ashton Dorsey. That might not hold true through the fall as junior college transfer Brandon Moore might be too tough to keep out of the starting lineup. But Texas does feel as if it really has three starters at the defensive tackle spot with Jackson, Moore and Dorsey. While Jackson might not get many starts, he should play plenty of snaps in 2012.
Impact in 2013 and beyond
Jackson’s future will depend on whether or not Moore is at Texas for two years. If Moore has a banner year in 2012 and elects to leave early then Jackson immediately moves into the starting lineup. He will have some competition from true freshman Malcom Brown, but he will have the experience advantage. If Moore stays then Jackson will have to wait until his senior season to become a starter. At that point it very well could be Jackson and Brown as the two starters on the defensive line.