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Texas Football 2014: 5 Questions Entering the Season

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Texas Football 2014: 5 Questions Entering the Season

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The Charlie Strong era at Texas is only in its infancy, but the Longhorns' climb back to prominence has already begun. Here are five questions that Texas fans need to know heading into the 2014 season.

5. Who Will Be The Big Play Receiver?

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5. Who Will Be The Big Play Receiver?

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Senior wideout Jaxon Shipley, who is sidelined with an injured hamstring, is the No. 1 receiver and will be given the first shot at being the Longhorns' deep threat. However, junior Marcus Johnson should have a bigger role this season after catching 22 passes for 350 yards last year, and sophomores Jacorey Warrick and freshmen Armanti Foreman are two youngsters with big-play potential.

4. How Much Will Texas Depend On The Running Game?

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4. How Much Will Texas Depend On The Running Game?

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Although Texas will have a new-look offensive line, top running backs Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown have proven they are productive ball carriers. How much Texas has to run the ball will depend on the health of quarterback David Ash. If Ash goes down to injury, expect the Longhorns to run the ball a ton to protect their inexperienced backups.

3. What Freshmen Will Make An Impact?

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3. What Freshmen Will Make An Impact?

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Texas wide receiver Armanti Foreman was recently ranked fourth on ESPN's Big 12 true freshman power rankings, and is challenging for a starting spot. Both running back Donald Catalon (No. 3 on the depth chart) and defensive tackle Poona Ford should get ample playing time as they provide depth with key backup roles in crucial positions.

2. Will Texas Have Another Bad Defense?

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2. Will Texas Have Another Bad Defense?

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The Longhorns allowed 25.8 points and 407 yards a game last year to rank 85th in the country, and the pass defense was not much better, giving up an average of 224.2 yards an outing. Texas will have better success this season on defense, which is not saying much, though the defensive line of Shiro Davis, Cedric Reed, Malcolm Brown and Desmond Jackson has a chance to become an elite unit.

1. Can David Ash Stay Healthy?

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1. Can David Ash Stay Healthy?

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The junior quarterback got off to a terrific start last season before concussion problems limited the Houston native to just three games. The 22-year-old was back on the shelf at the end of spring practice due to foot surgery, but has returned this fall to lead the Texas offense. Ash has won 12 of his last 16 starts, and the success or failure of the Longhorns this season might hinge on keeping their main signal caller healthy.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.