Top 22 Countdown: No. 20

We continue our countdown of the top 22 most important players to Texas' success in 2014. We'll run these every Tuesday and Thursday.

Here is a look at our choices for No. 22 and No. 21:

No. 22.

No. 21.


Chip's Pick

Safety Josh Turner

Senior

6-0, 179

Safety Josh Turner is one of the team's biggest effort guys. He reminds me of a young, lighter Cedric Griffin.

Safety has been a huge area of concern for Texas since Kenny Vaccaro left and really since Earl Thomas left after the 2009 season.

I think Turner can take a big step this year under the mindset of Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford.

If Turner doesn't take that next step, he'll be replaced by walk-on Dylan Haines. (I'm not kidding.)

There will be no more excuses for the safety position, and I think Turner will rise to the challenge.





William's Pick

TE Geoff Swaim

Senior

6-4, 242

Swaim is reliable and reliability is what the Longhorns need at a TE position that figures to be much more involved offensively this season. At least that's what Charlie Strong has hinted at.

Swaim, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the coaches in 2013, only had three catches for 14 yards a season ago. But he showed what he is capable of doing as a pass-catcher in the spring game, and that should have Texas excited about him this fall. He wasn't asked to catch many passes at all at Butte College but expressed to me the desire to be more involved prior to his enrollment at UT.

He's the best blocking tight end that Texas has, which will earn him plenty of playing time (he had nine starts last season). I'm not sure he'll lead TEs in receiving yards (Blake Whiteley or M.J. McFarland will) but he'll be relied on the most in crunch time situations because of his blocking abilities, and should benefit in the passing game because of it.





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