15 Aug

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Freshman to Watch: Curtis Riser

 

Image: Tom Hauck

Image: Tom Hauck

Earlier this week, the Bleacher Report posted a list of Big 12 freshman to watch in 2013. Their pick for the Texas Longhorns was Offensive Guard, Curtis Riser (Redshirt). While many Texas fans may not be familiar with the name, Riser has impressed coaches at every level and finds himself in position to challenge for more playing time on a very talented Texas Longhorns football team.

Riser was one of the top recruits of the 2012 class and is now fighting for a starting position on the Texas offensive line. He's competing with Sedrick Flowers at offensive guard and could steal the position if the redshirt sophomore isn't careful.

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Riser is a solid run-blocker with great flexibility and balance. He has a wide frame at 6'4", 285 pounds and is quite athletic. Riser also has experience at tackle, but his issues in pass protection could force him to remain at guard.

Whether or not Riser wins the starting job this season, he will be a critical backup and key to the Longhorns' success.

Do you agree with Riser as the Texas freshman to watch in 2013? If not, who is your choice?

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.