Freshmen to watch: RB Johnathan Gray, RB Daje Johnson, WR Marcus Johnson, WR Kendall Sanders, WR Cayleb Jones, DT Malcom Brown, LB Peter Jinkens, LB Dalton Santos, DE Shiro Davis, K Alex King.
Offense first, the Longhorns received quite a bump in potential with the introductions of Gray and Johnson to the fold. Both speedsters bring a quickness and explosiveness to the game that incumbents Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron do not have in those same bunches.
The two latter are the unquestioned starters at running back, but the two former will definitely have their own opportunities to shine in an offense that looks to use tons of looks and formations.
With the receiver position so destitute of talent since Jordan Shipley graduated, the Longhorns are thin with experience, but oozing with talent.
There is no expectation for the three to hit the season running, but in limited formations, Johnson, Sanders and Jones will too have their own touches to showcase their athleticism. It may not be in bunches, but it will provide enough spotlight to tuck away for future reference.
Defensively, there is less room for freshmen to make their presences felt. In a unit that may be 17 or more deep in sufficient experience and talent, Texas has just a few openings in its rotation.
Brown is a powerful, up-the-gut kind of presence with athleticism that has earned him a spot in a defensive tackle rotation that will probably go five deep.
Linebackers Santos and Jinkens are workhorses who seemingly have grasped the defensive schemes enough to earn places on the two-deep. The Longhorns should be filtered down to their nickel front, lessening the chances of playing time, but expect these two to grace the field with the future in mind.
Davis comes into the program during a fruitful time at defensive end. Behind two future NFL players in Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor, and two more highly-touted options in Cedric Reed and Reggie Wilson, the former LSU commit Davis may only have a few plays to flash.
Finally at kicker, Jordan could have just as many eyes on him as the rest of them. At a position where the Longhorns have been very fortunate with in the past, there is now huge uncertainty with inexperience. Keep an eye out for any mishaps.