Brown was the No. 2 running back in the country out of Cibolo (Texas) Steele.
Past: Injuries hampered Brown in his first two seasons, making him miss two games as a freshman and five games as a sophomore. He managed to stay off the injury list all of last season and it paid off in a big way as he went on to lead the team in rushing yards (904) and all-purpose yards (1,099). A second team All-Big 12 choice by conference coaches, Brown's services were needed even more due to the injury of Jonathan Gray. He finished the season by rushing for 130 yards on 26 carries against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl.
Present: New running backs coach Tommie Robinson hasn't watched a snap of film on any of the running backs because he wants to start with a clean slate next week when spring ball starts. That said, expect Brown to be penciled in as the starter and receiver the bulk of the snaps, especially early on while Texas waits for Gray's return. Robinson isn't afraid to play numerous backs – played five in a game against Arizona last season while with USC, which could keep Brown from breaking the 1,000-yard mark he sniffed in 2013. But it could keep him healthy in what's essentially a contract year for him.
Future: Depending on what kind of season he has, his health and what other RBs enter the draft, Brown should be one of the first running backs taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. But he must stay healthy.
LB Steve Edmond
Edmond was the No. 2 middle linebacker in the country out of Daingerfield (Texas).
Past: Edmond has played in 36 games with 22 starts, 10 of which came in 2013 at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker. An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by conference coaches, Edmond saw his production dip in 2013 with 30 less tackles than the 103 he made in 2012. But he also missed the final two games due to a lacerated liver in the second quarter against Texas Tech. He also came up huge in several situations, including making an interception on the final play of the game in overtime against West Virginia to secure Texas' victory.
Present: On Jan. 16, he tweeted out that he was finally back to 100 percent and should be good for spring practice. He will fight for starters snaps with Dalton Santos but will see major minutes right away.
Future: Edmond is sound instinctively in that he's shown an ability to bat balls down and snag an interception from time to time. NFL teams will want to see how his injury holds up. If it does, he should have a chance.
Jackson was the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country out of Houston Westfield.
Past: Jackson went from starting in all 13 games as a sophomore to only starting in two as a junior. But he actually increased his tackles total from 34 to 36 last season.
Present: Malcom Brown is going to play a ton. He's just too good. But with Chris Whaley gone, Jackson will get heavy minutes and could start. Up-and-comers like Hassan Ridgeway might have something to say about that.
Future: He's known as the strongest guy on the team, which is obviously something you like to see out of a guy asked to push and shed offensive lineman for a living. He's got a nice first step and can move for someone his size. Given all that, he could find himself on a roster somewhere.
Shipley was the No. 6 wide receiver in the country out of Brownwood (Texas).
Past: Production has never been an issue for Shipley, who has caught a pass in 35 of his 36 games at UT. He is ninth all-time in school career receiving yards with 1,933. Those numbers speak for themselves.
Present: Shipley should be in line for a monster season, especially with the Longhorns needing to replace the productivity of Mike Davis, who could hear his name called in the NFL Draft. The elder statesman of the group, Shipley will be the go-to guy for whoever steps under center.
Future: There's no reason to think he won't get a shot. He's an exceptional route runner, has incredible hands and has an understanding of the game you just can't teach.