4 most disappointing Texas football players through first 4 weeks

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Alfred Collins, DL

If I had to choose the most disappointing player of the last two seasons for the Longhorns, at least when you compare expectation to production, I would have to go with the former elite five-star recruit and junior defensive lineman Alfred Collins. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype, despite coming onto the Forty Acres with such lofty expectations a few years ago.

Among the defensive lineman that has played in at least 50 defensive snaps so far this season, Collins has by far the lowest defensive grade. He’s also the only defensive lineman for the Longhorns that has at least three missed tackles on the season.

That’s not a good look considering how Collins has the most missed tackles among Texas defensive linemen and the worst missed tackle rate but has taken the fifth-most defensive snaps.

For most of the season, we’ve seen co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns line Collins up as a defensive tackle. The bulk of the snaps he’s taken came as a three-technique defensive tackle in the three-down linemen front for PK.

And while Collins was most proficient last season when taking snaps as a true defensive tackle, he’s not showing the same level of effectiveness in that role out of the gates this fall. We’re just not seeing Collins get much of a push up the middle as a pass rusher, and he’s not causing much havoc on run plays.

The start to this season was the worst of Collins’ career to date. After he showed flashes of becoming a capable defensive tackle in this defensive front down the stretch last season, we haven’t seen the same promise this fall.