No. 22. Nick Rose, K, senior
Rose hit 4 of 5 field goals in the spring game. He was good from 42, 49, 52 and 31 and missed from 43 on the right hash. If Rose can maintain that kind of performance, it will be an improvement. Last year, Rose was 14 of 21 on FGs and got off to a rough start, opening 3 of 7 in the first five games of 2014. One of those misses was a blocked 52-yarder against Baylor returned for a TD in a game-turning play (the Bears' only points vs UT in the first 2 1/2 quarters). Then, Rose got on a roll, hitting 6 of his next 7 FGs, including both of his attempts in a 48-45 win over Iowa State (from 45 and 21 yards). This season, Rose needs to get off to a hot start, so the team's collective confidence doesn't take a hit because of its kicker.
No. 21. Taylor Doyle, C, senior
Doyle has become a key player on the offensive line because - even though he may not be the most talented in the Big 12 - he's always given his best effort and held himself and others accountable. That's made him a key leader on an offense that desperately needs leadership. He's a serviceable center, but he's versatile in that he can play either guard position as well.
No. 20. Duke Thomas, CB, senior
It's time for the senior corner to take a huge step up in his level of play - primarily by putting in the film study and paying attention to details - so he doesn't get beat on plays he should see coming. We all thought Thomas would play like one of the best in the Big 12 and in the country when he flashed as a freshman. He has the physical tools and a ton of game reps. But for all of those reps, we haven't seen an all-conference player up to this point. That needs to change Thomas' senior year.
No. 19. Duke Catalon, RB, redshirt freshman/Kirk Johnson, RB, true freshman
One of these two is going to emerge as Johnathan Gray's primary backup, in my opinion, with D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren battling it out to be the team's change-of-pace/hammer back. I think both Catalon and Johnson have a chance to be special. Catalon has shown coaches he can run, catch and block. Johnson just has great feet and pace with an uncanny ability to make people miss from point-blank range. Can't wait to see these two develop.
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