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Given his speed and the system in which he will play, Daje Johnson is poised for a monster season in 2013.
First, Johnson will touch the ball much more than he did in 2012.
Monroe and Goodwin's departure frees up about 30 rushes, and Joe Bergeron will not carry the ball near as many as the 127 times he did so this past season. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown are the top dogs in the backfield, but Johnson should also cut into their carries slightly as the speed back.
The absence of Monroe and Goodwin also leaves the team without a kick returner—another duty that will fall to the lightning fast Johnson.
Goodwin's departure frees up some room for Johnson in the slot as well, where he was very effective a year ago. He will have to fight fellow sophomores Cayleb Jones, Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson for snaps here, but Applewhite will also utilize four and five-receiver sets much more often than did Harsin. He needs to work on his polish as a receiver, but Texas does not have four players worth putting in over Johnson in this spot.
Johnson should be in line for at least 75 touches in his sophomore season. Should his per touch average hold, which they tend to over the course of a career, that means those touches should yield well over 750 yards of offense, which would have been third-best on the team last season.
Rest assured, Daje Johnson is destined for big things for the Longhorns in 2013.