Texas Football: 5 Longhorns Who Must Step Up for the Conference Schedule

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Texas Football: 5 Longhorns Who Must Step Up for the Conference Schedule
Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman

For the sixth year in a row the Texas Longhorns are 3-0 after their 66-31 handling of Ole Miss vaulted the 'Horns back into Top-10 territory. But with a tough conference schedule looming, this team is far from a finished product.

Here is what we know so far about the Longhorns. The offensive and defensive lines are as good as we have seen in a long time. The Longhorns offense has the most playmakers fans have seen since the 2005 national championship team. And, most importantly, sophomore quarterback David Ash is improving at a very impressive rate as evidenced by last week's 326-yard, four-touchdown onslaught against the Rebels.

However, we also know that this defense has some holes at linebacker and in the secondary, and there are big plays to be had against the group as a whole. Even worse, Texas is about to head into conference play without any sort of reliable kicker unless Penn State transfer Anthony Fera can return next week.

With the conference schedule beginning in only 10 short days, here are the players that must up their level of play to give Texas the best shot at surviving the three-game gauntlet that looms on the horizon.

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