June 6, 2007

Five Longhorns that could impact the 2007 season

The Texas Longhorns are only two months away from opening up fall camp, but that doesn't mean that the conversation about the upcoming season isn't already reaching a small roar. While so much has been made of players like Chykie Brown and Charlie Tanner that must step up and assume key roles within the team, Orangebloods.com is going to take a look at five players that nobody is talking about that could end up having a big impact on the season.

Whether it's simply youth or the fact that they are buried behind a few others on the depth chart, here's a look at five Longhorns that could seriously help this season if they can turn the corner in their developments.

Buck Burnette - Offensive lineman - Redshirt freshman

Who is he? - The 6-foot-3, 310-pound redshirt freshman from Wimberley is one of the top young linemen in the program and is currently running with the second-team offense at center behind Dallas Griffin.

What needs to happen - There's no question that Burnette's time as a key player in the program is coming. The real question is simply when it will become his time. A road-grater at the point of attack, Burnette is considered by most to still be a year away, but there was some thought that he might push Griffin this season because of his strength and size. While Griffin's place in the line-up is secure because of his experience, Burnette could still have a definitive impact this season beyond simply having a spot on the two-deep if he can start to come on.

The impact? - Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter is looking to put the five best linemen on the field when the Longhorns start the season and there's a very real chance that that could include Burnette. The Texas coaches would prefer to keep him at center because of the uncertainty that Griffin brings the table as a player that's never started before, but if the situation at guard doesn't improve in the first two weeks at guard, they might be forced to move some parts around.

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