40 Acres Forecast: Roderick Bernard

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with WR Roderick Bernard.

Roderick Bernard

Position:

WR

Height/Weight:

5-foot-9/166 pounds

High School:

Houston/Sharpstown

Year:

Sophomore

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2014 Review

It looked like Bernard was just about to solidify himself as a difference maker in the return game for the Longhorns when he tore the ACL in his left knee against Kansas State on Oct. 25. That injury cost him the rest of the season. In that game he had a career-long 28-yard kick return. Charlie Strong had previously applauded his contributions.

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2015 Preview

Bernard is in a bit of a tough spot right now. He’s still working his way back from that knee injury, which kept him out of spring camp. It’s still uncertain if he will be able to go for fall camp. Whenever he does get back he’ll be an option in the return game again because of his speed and allusiveness. But it’s going to be hard for him to make an impact as a wide receiver with all the healthy WRs in front of him right now, including a bunch of hungry freshmen eager for their opportunity.

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HD Projection

It’s hard to doubt a guy as driven as Bernard, who is the first person in his family to go to college. But he’s going to have his work cut out for him. Anytime you are coming back from an injury as severe as his, it’s going to take some time to get back to speed. Once he does I do expect him to at least get a look in the return game. A player who has overcome injury and has 4.3 speed deserves that much. But I’m not sure he’ll factor into the depth chart at WR all that much.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

The Longhorns got in on Bernard fairly early and that ended up being a big difference maker as his recruitment really started to pick up. He committed to Texas on Jan. 31, 2013 and not too long after that he picked up an offer from Alabama.

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High School Highlights

Coached by Charles Perridon and Sharpstown HS in Houston ... three-time all-district selection … chosen first-team All-District 21-4A as a wide receiver in 2013… rushed 60 times for 594 yards and four TDs while catching 25 passes for 364 yards and two TDs with two kick return TDs as a senior … helped Sharpstown to a 5-5 record and an appearance in the 4A DII bi-district playoffs in 2013 … tabbed first-team All-District 21-4A as both a defensive back and as an athlete in 2012 … made 34 receptions for 790 yards and nine TDs with 13 rushes for 119 yards and two TDs as a junior … helped Sharpstown to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII bi-district playoffs in 2012 … named second-team All-District 21-4A as both a running back and a defensive back in 2011 … helped Sharpstown to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the 4A DII area playoffs in 2011 [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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