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The Longhorns’ rushing attack was ranked 21st in the nation last season and that was with a sub-par offensive line.
Now, just imagine what they can do in 2012 with a better one.
Last year Texas’ line lacked depth and talent, struggling all season to protect the Texas quarterbacks and to create holes for the running backs.
Despite that, the half backs found a way to be effective.
Heading into this season, the line will see much improved depth. More importantly, however, the line will be much more seasoned.
In 2011, the lack of experience showed.
The offensive line was often bullied and pushed around by bigger and stronger opposing defenses and they missed more assignments as a group than some high school teams.
However, in 2012 that shouldn't be an issue. They're only losing one player off of last season's group—guard David Snow—and incoming junior-college transfer Donald Hawkins is expected to provide an instant upgrade at left tackle.
With another year of experience and an upgrade of talent at a key position, you can expect the line to create significantly more holes for the Texas backs in 2012.