Daily Dose

In this edition we'll take a look at five Longhorns from the 2011 recruiting class that have yet to reach their potential on the 40 Acres, but have a chance at taking a step closer this fall.

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting.

In this edition we'll take a look at five Longhorns from the 2011 recruiting class that have yet to reach their potential on the 40 Acres, but have a chance at taking a step closer this fall.

OG Sedrick Flowers

Flowers was a four-star recruit out of Galena Park North Shore that we rated as the No. 4 offensive guard in the country. While he played in all 13 games last season as a reserve, and in five games as a redshirt freshman, he's not been able to start because Texas had two solid upperclassmen guards in front of him in Trey Hopkins and Mason Walters.

With both of those players gone it appears like this fall will be the time that the junior really starts to make a name for himself as a starter.

He made his lone start of the 2013-14 season at left guard for Hopkins in the Alamo Bowl. With Hopkins gone, look for Flowers to assert himself as the new starter at left guard though he'll be challenged by the likes of Rami Hammad, Curtis Riser and Darius James.

CB Leroy Scott

Scott was a four-star recruit out of South Houston High School that we rated as the No. 10 cornerback in the country. He's found it difficult to see starter's snaps because of the talent in front of him, but he played extremely well when given the chance in 2013 and that could carry over to more time in 2014.

What's one way of endearing yourself with your teammates and the coaching staff? Busting your tail on special teams, which Turner did enough of to earn the team's co-special teams player of the year. Granted Mack Brown's staff is almost entirely gone, but word spreads, coaches watch film and Charlie Strong will appreciate his hustle.

Scott could have given us a glimpse of things to come when he recorded a career high four tackles against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. While Quandre Diggs and Duke Thomas figure to be the starters at CB, expect Scott to claw his way in to the third or fourth spot for defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn.

CB Sheroid Evans

Evans was a four-star recruit out of Sugar Land Dulles that we rated as the No. 16 safety in the country. He's largely played corner at Texas and was having a decent season as a reserve in 2013 before he suffered a torn ACL against Iowa State and missed the last eight games.

One of the fastest players in the conference, Evans won't participate in spring practice, which could set him back come fall. But he's talented enough that he should see playing time with a good fall camp.

Before he got injured, Evans totaled 14 tackles in 4 games and some change. He'll compete with Scott, Bryson Echols and touted redshirt freshman Antwuan Davis for playing time as a reserve CB.

TE M.J. McFarland

McFarland was a three-star recruit out of El Paso El Dorado that we rated as the No. 21 tight end in the country.

Look, we all know the story with Texas and its tight ends over the last several seasons. They haven't been asked to do much of anything from a pass-catching standpoint. Heck, McFarland didn't catch one pass in 2013.

But tight ends figure to play a much larger roll in the Joe Wickline/Shawn Watson-led offense. McFarland showed glimpses of what he could do offensively in 2012 when he caught eight passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.

He will have to battle for snaps with incoming junior college transfer Blake Whiteley, who caught 76 passes for 1,228 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior in high school in 2012.

CB Josh Turner

Turner was a four-star recruit out of Oklahoma City Millwood that we rated as the No. 6 cornerback in the country. He's been a staple of Texas' nickel packages over the past few seasons, but could see more playing time in base defensive formations with a good spring/fall.

Turner played in all 13 games in 2013 and started two of them. He recorded at least two tackles in each game except for Baylor, when he didn't make any. Expect those numbers to go up with Adrian Phillips gone. Though young players like Adrian Colbert, Erik Huhn and Kevin Vaccaro will be fighting for snaps too.


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