OG Curtis Riser: Riser is another player who will be kept off the field solely because of the experienced talent ahead of him. Riser will definitely compete for a spot as a backup but is ultimately not expected to get there. Special teams are definitely a possibility.
DE Hassan Ridgeway: The bull-rusher Ridgeway has been described as an SEC-type player who will simply bully people in the trenches. Once again, the talent ahead of him is just too good, and he would have to beat out Torshiro Davis for time. Though he's expected to redshirt this season, it would behoove anyone to keep an eye out for Ridgeway in the future.
DT Alex Norman: Considering the depth at defense tackle, the fifth spot in the rotation comes down to Norman and Malcom Brown. Brown is heavily favored to win out here although Norman does have considerable upside. Indications are that Norman will also redshirt this season.
S Adrian Colbert: Sooner than later, Texas will have one of the fastest safeties in the country with the track star Colbert. Right now, he's a raw talent that needs to learn from the guys ahead of him and is likely to redshirt to let that happen. There's potential for him to play special teams because of his speed.
CB Bryson Echols: Echols is another great talent who simply has to wait his turn. He will spend his time on the scout team, where his skills will really make guys like Mike Davis work on a daily basis.
DT Paul Boyette: The defensive line is too crowded for Boyette as he would have to beat out both Brown and Norman for a spot. He needs to work on his strength, and his diminished role this season will allow him to do just that.
DE Caleb Bluiett: Once again, defensive end is a position that's too top heavy for the freshman Bluiett to have an opportunity. He will be needed next season, however, and was originally brought in to fill a position of need after the departures of guys like Jeffcoat and Dorsey.
CB Kevin Vaccaro: Like his older brother, Vaccaro has good instincts and knows how to bring the wood. Unfortunately, he's undersized even for a corner and is the definition of a project. Most likely will peak as a leader on special teams.
OLB Bryce Cottrell: Cottrell is another defensive end-type player brought in to ease the impact of the impending exodus at that position. Cottrell is a tweener, and will spend the season figuring out if he belongs at outside linebacker or defensive end.
OT Camrhon Hughes: Hughes tore his ACL last week and is out for the season. He was not projected to be a major piece of this team, so he mainly hurts himself here. Here's hoping he makes a speedy recovery so he can come back next season and help this team.