Daily Dose

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 the contenders to replace the school's first-ever Lou Groza Award finalist Anthony Fera, who bounced back from an injury-plagued junior season to make his last at UT one of the best in school history.

Nick Jordan

The former high school All-American out of Coppell (Texas) had a rough go of it as a true freshman, when he was called on to fill in for Fera, a Penn State transfer, whose injuries kept him out for the majority of the season.

He was 9-of-15 on field goals, including just 1-of-6 on attempts at least 40 yards, and 31-of-32 on extra points.

Nick Rose

Rose only started playing football when he was a junior in high school at Dallas Highland Park. But he's molded himself into one of the better kickoff specialists in the Big 12.

As a freshman he played in all 13 games and had 30 touchbacks in 82 kickoffs. Last season he upped his touchbacks to 32 in 75 attempts.

But he hasn't had much game experience as a placekicker, which could hurt him in the end.

Will Russ

Russ, unfortunately, hasn't done much of anything as a Longhorn. An all-state kicker out of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian, Russ didn't see any game action in 2013 and was only used to kickoff twice as a sophomore and then again as a redshirt freshman.

Ben Pruitt

Pruitt brought quite the resume to Texas last season as a prep All-American from The Woodlands (Texas). A three-year letterman, Pruitt converted 29-of-41 FGs and 144-146 PATs while also ranking fourth all-time in Texas high school football in consecutive PATs made with 89 over two seasons.

He could benefit the greatest from a new coaching staff and a new set of eyes. A solid spring could propel him into the starting roll, though, Jordan and Rose are likely ahead of him at this point.

Michael Davidson

Davidson, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, had just one kickoff last season in the opening game against New Mexico State. He did not play football in high school.


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