Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. Today we'll look at five players Texas will miss the most this spring.

LB Jordan Hicks

The injury bug has lingered with the former five-star recruit over the last two seasons, so just having him on the field going through drills would bring some comfort to the program.

Hicks is on the sidelines this spring due to a torn Achilles injury that only allowed him to play in four games. He led the team with 41 tackles at the time of his injury. In 2012, it was a hip injury that caused him to miss 10 games.

The good news is Hicks is intelligent enough to be able to miss this spring, even with a new coaching staff on board, and be an immediate factor this fall. And his absence is allowing other linebackers (Tim Cole, Naashon Hughes, Deoundrei Davis, Andrew Beck) more snaps this spring.

But his presence on the field sure would be comforting to linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary and the rest of the unit.

RB Johnathan Gray

Much like Hicks, Gray is one of the leaders on this team. You can't underestimate the importance his presence during spring practice would have made.

Fortunately for UT, it has two senior running backs it can rely on for leadership in Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, and Gray is out on the practice field looking like he's ahead of schedule.

His absence should give Jalen Overstreet the opportunity for more snaps than he would have otherwise received, which could go a long way this fall.

QB Jerrod Heard

Heard is only a few months away from enrolling at Texas, but it sure couldn't have hurt to have him on campus this spring to get him acclimated to Shawn Watson's way of doing things.

Heard is doing all he can to prepare himself for his arrival, which includes spending spring break in San Diego at a five-day QB camp by renowned QB coach George Whitfield.

But it's nothing like being on campus with Watson, Joe Wickline and the rest of the program. His presence could have upped the play of all of the quarterbacks on campus, especially Tyrone Swoopes.

CB Sheroid Evans

Evans was easily having his most productive season in 2013 before he suffered a torn ACL against Iowa State (Texas' fifth game) and missed the rest of the season.

His presence would have allowed defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn to have another experienced CB to factor into how he'll fill the void left by Carrington Byndom, who has exhausted his eligibility.

Like any absence, it does allow others the opportunity to step up, and that's exactly what players like Bryson Echols, Antwuan Davis and Chevoski Collins are doing.

But make no mistake that Evans will be a player that factors into the rotation once he returns.

DE Derick Roberson

Roberson, like Heard, will enroll at Texas in a few months. But his presence would have made for an interesting spring given a vacant starting DE position opposite of Cedric Reed.

Many think that Shiro Davis will assume that roll. But players like Caleb Bluiett and Bryce Cottrell are battling for it too. Having someone of Roberson's caliber would have elevated everyone's play.

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