When the Texas Longhorns walked off the field after the National Championship game, questions started swirling right away about how the 'Horns would deal with the losses of such stars as Colt McCoy, Jordan Shipley, and Sergio Kindle. To make matters worse, Coach Mack Brown found out that top safety Earl Thomas would be leaving early for the NFL Draft.
However, as always, Texas still finds themselves as Big 12 contenders and even National Championship contenders.
The depth Texas has year in and year out is second to none. The 2010 season will show exactly how deep the Longhorns really are. Texas will need to replace a two-time Heisman runner-up at quarterback, an All-American wide receiver, and four starters on the line.
And that's just on offense.
The defense will need to replace four All-Conference players in Earl Thomas, Sergio Kindle, Lamaar Houston, and Roddrick Muckelroy. All four of those players should have a new team come May, which could include two first round picks in Thomas and Kindle.
If losing eight All-Conference players overall wasn't enough, the Longhorns will also need to replace Big 12 Championship hero and kicker Hunter Lawrence.
After key losses on both offense and defense, there are many players who will need to step up and keep the Longhorns at the top of the Big 12. Here are the 10 key players that will mold the 2010 Longhorns.