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When I write that Texas finally has talented seniors again, I primarily mean that on the defensive side of the ball where 8 are set to start versus Maryland. With those players set to exit after this campaign, on-field development within the season, as well as adding players capable of helping in 2019 is on Todd Orlando’s to-do list in preparation for next year.
In his Monday press conference, Tom Herman stated, “College football is a game of development and experience. Very few impact freshmen come in.” That’s true often enough, though Texas will start one true freshman who has the chance to be an impact player on defense and will likely play another two or three extensively this season.
With a roster with big gaps in talent, Herman had to hit big on the class of 2018, and all signs point to he and his staff doing so. Within reason, he also needed to hit big in 2017, and even though the class underwhelmed many, it has a good chance of going from bust to boom.
Players in the class of 2019 will step into a fortuitous balance of opportunity to play if they’re ready, but not forced into play if they aren’t.
Despite the heavy senior losses after this season, only one position projects to needing an immediate impact player. As luck as well as good recruiting would have it, the staff just so happens to have the player capable of meeting that need already in the class.