Top 22 Countdown: No. 9

We continue our countdown of the top 22 most important players to Texas’ success in 2014.

Here is a look at our previous selections:

No. 22.

No. 21.

No. 20.

No. 19.

No. 18.

No. 17.

No. 16.

No. 15.

No. 13.

No. 11.

Chip’s Pick

OT Kennedy Estelle


6-6, 285

At 6-7 and 285 pounds, Estelle has the frame all offensive line coaches, including Joe Wickline, covets. Estelle started eight games last season in place of injured starter Josh Cochran and showed promise.

But Estelle seems to have been living in the coach's doghouse since becoming academically ineligible for the Alamo Bowl game against Oregon last season. And Wickline has been trying to get through to Estelle ever since.

Those close to the situation say Estelle's attitude needs a complete overhaul. And we've been told at that Estelle is in a zero-tolerance situation in terms of slip-ups with Charlie Strong - that even the slightest misstep could mean being off the team.

That would be a shame, considering Estelle's talent and the fact his attitude didn't seem to be an issue until the end of last season. But when you get in a rut, you have a choice to get out of it. Wickline doesn't play favorites, so Estelle will need too figure it out and realize he could be the starting left tackle at Texas if he puts his head in the right place.

Texas is desperate in terms of depth on the offensive line and desperate to get this position group to play together. Estelle's talent and upside are the reasons he's at No. 9 on my list of most important players to Texas' success in 2014.

William’s Pick

OT Kennedy Estelle


6-6, 285

If Kennedy Estelle gets it figured out between his ears and really shows the hunger to be as good as he is capable of being, the Longhorns could have one of the top offensive tackles in the Big 12.

There are so many moving parts on the offensive line at the moment it is really hard to keep track of. Joe Wickline is putting players wherever he thinks they’ll best fit as a unit.

If Estelle proves that he’s working himself out of the doghouse, which he was clearly in by the first day of fall camp when Jake Raulerson – a center – was working ahead of him at right tackle, then he should be a fixture at RT for the rest of the season.

I’ve heard from numerous people that motivation lacks with Estelle and that the playbook hasn’t been the easiest for him to nail down. He has to get all of that figured out if he wants to be a part of Wickline’s line.

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