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