3 struggling Texas football players that must step up in Big 12 play

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Jake Majors, C

We saw some definitive improvements from sophomore center Jake Majors through the first three games of the season. Most of his progressions came in pass protection, which is good to see given the lack of experience along the interior of the offensive line heading into this season.

But the production from Majors blocking for the run to start the season has definitely left something to be desired. In the last two games, Majors did allow a couple of run stuffs to get through the middle of the line.

Majors also had a few costly penalties in the first few weeks of the season, which must be cleaned up as a critical stretch of conference play approaches.

All in all, there are points when Majors looks good in all phases of the game. There are others when Majors is getting pushed around a little too much up the middle.

At the moment, though, the two lowest-graded offensive linemen among the regular starters for the Longhorns are Majors and true freshman guard Cole Hutson. While we saw Hutson make some big-time strides in the last few weeks, and he clearly still has a lot of room to grow, we would expect a bit more from Majors.

Throughout last season, Majors was the starting center for offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns. And the fact that he is the second-most experienced offensive lineman among the regular starters this fall, but the second-lowest graded at this point is a trend we would like to see shift in the near future.