New Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has a problem. Strong is going to want a defensive line that can get to the quarterback this season and, on paper at least, he doesn’t seem to have that. Cedric Reed is still around after recording 10 sacks last season but as far as pass-rushing defensive ends go, Reed is the beginning and end of the conversation right now.
Fortunately for Strong and the Longhorns, the gem of the 2014 recruiting class, DE Derick Roberson, could provide some of the pass rush they need.
Texas probably won’t start Roberson immediately. They will most likely bank on the development of someone like Shiro Davis to fill that role. But Roberson will likely see the field almost immediately, in a reserve capacity at the very least. From there, as he acclimates to college football, Roberson should see the field more often. By the end of the season, Roberson could be a fearsome pass-rusher and a starter on Texas’ defensive line.
Standing 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Roberson will need to bulk up a bit before he can truly become a dominant pass-rusher. But Roberson has plenty of speed for the position and may be able to fly past offensive lineman purely on quickness this season.