The door on the 2012 college football season has been closed for almost two weeks, but that has only opened up the conversation for next season.
For the Texas Longhorns, one of the youngest teams in 2012, they will return a vast number of starters in a season that will be highly scrutinized. In the third year of his rebuild, Mack Brown's place at Texas could be at risk.
Going in his favor, however, are a number of players who figure to be foundations for a Texas team with something to prove in 2013.
Here are the five most important returning contributors for the Longhorns next season.