Following the end to a season and an end to a dynasty under Mack Brown, questions surround the program when it comes to players returning for the 2014-2015 season.
Despite the confusion and stress that has loomed the program over the last few years, players such as graduating seniors Mike Davis and Jackson Jeffcoat have had phenomenal success and are now attempting to pursue lengthy and lucrative careers in the NFL. Both are being projected to get drafted in the second or third round, and according to ESPN Scouts Inc., Jeffcoat is an “outstanding prospect” and Davis is a “solid prospect.”
After Monday night’s loss in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon, Jeffcoat said, “Even though me and Case [McCoy] are moving on, we are Texas. This is a place we want to come back to and see coach Brown, so it’s tough to not have him here.”
Jeffcoat and Davis are just two of the 18 seniors that also include quarterback Case Mccoy (who started the bowl game against
Oregon) and kicker Anthony Fera (who made 20 out of 22 field goals this year) that will be graduating and leaving the university of Texas.
Although losing 18 key leaders is tough, the Longhorns will be in pretty good shape as zero underclassman are looking to enter the NFL Draft. Thus implying that Texas will return the majority of their defense and key players on offense such as upcoming seniors: Jaxon Shipley, Malcolm Brown, and David Ash.
Not only are all of the juniors returning, but sophomores such as quarterback Tyrone Swoopes — who made an appearance at the end of the bowl game with a 26 yard run — will also head into spring ready to compete for starting jobs.
“We have a lot of guys coming back. I think we have a chance to do great things next year,” the former 4-star Army All American [Swoopes] said. “I’d like to think I can [be the starter next year]. Hopefully with the new coach coming in he thinks the same thing as well.”
The Longhorns additionally look to bring in a solid recruiting class — as they’re ranked 13th on ESPN.com and 11th on Rivals.com — that includes 6 wide receivers, which was the focus for next season.
Among those receivers is Armanti Foreman, the 15th wide receiver in the class. According to ESPN.com, Foreman “Is an explosive and speedy threat” and “An outside and return specialist” that Texas will benefit from next year as they hope to replace Mike Davis.
Assuming that the recruits that have signed will stay and that no players will transfer (due to the firing of Mack Brown), Texas’s future seems bright and it’s extremely possible that they could compete for a Big 12 championship once again next year.