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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas kicker Cameron Dicker (17) celebrates with teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is never short on bad blood between the Big 12 border states (AP Photo/Cooper Neill, File

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The Dotted Line: One year later, grading Texas’ 2018 offensive class

Posted January 22nd, 2019

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Texas returned to the national discussion in 2018 as Tom Herman led his program to 10 wins and a Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia. The momentum started on the recruiting trail with the 2018 class, the first full cycle for Herman and his staff in Austin. The Longhorns inked the third-best class in the country and many of those signees made instant impacts as freshmen.

Texas running back Keaontay Ingram (26) scores a touchdown against Iowa State in the first half of a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

Quarterbacks

Cameron Rising, four-star, Newbury Park, Calif.

The grade: Incomplete

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The reason: Rising has moved on to Utah after receiving no action as a freshman. The four-star from California committed to Texas in hopes of taking the starting job. Sam Ehlinger took a giant leap forward as a sophomore and has secured the job for the next two years barring injury. Rising saw the writing on the wall and explored a program with potential playing time.

Casey Thompson, four-star, Southmoore, Okla.

The grade: Incomplete 

The reason: Thompson took a redshirt season in 2018 and flirted with the possibility of transferring too. With the transfers of Shane Buechele and Rising, Thompson enters 2019 as the clear backup to Ehlinger.

Running backs

Keontay Ingram, four-star, Carthage

The grade: B

The reason: Ingram contributed and showed flashes of potential all-conference talent when given touches. He was never asked to truly become the No. 1 back and there were times when he disappeared whether by design, injury or simple freshman fatigue.

He finished with 708 yards and three touchdowns on 142 carries, averaging five yards per carry. He added two touchdowns and 170 receiving yards on 27 catches. The former member of the Fabulous 55 enters his sophomore season as the clear favorite to start at running back.

Texas Longhorns wide receiver Joshua Moore (14) scores in the end zone against USC Trojansin the NCAA college football game, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, in Austin, Texas Saturday, Sept. 15 , 2018 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Wide receivers

Brennan Eagles, four-star, Alief Taylor

The grade: C

The reason: The best is yet to come for Eagles, a former top-five prospect in Texas. The domination of Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey allowed few opportunities for the freshman to earn targets. His stat line for the season: Just one catch for 35 yards in 11 games. A uniform violation by Johnson actually allowed Eagles to start the season opener in an odd twist. He’ll be in the mix for snaps as a sophomore with Humphrey gone.

Joshua Moore, four-star, Yoakum

The grade: C-plus

The reason: An injury interrupted Moore’s momentum. He’ll be asked to help replace the slot production of Humphrey in 2019. He played in six games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the season. Moore caught seven passes for 53 yards, including an important touchdown in Texas’ win over USC.

Al’vonte Woodard, four-star, Houston Lamar

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Woodard took a redshirt in 2018.

D’Shawn Jamison, four-star, Houston Lamar

The grade: B

The reason: Jamison made his splash when he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown against Kansas State, earning him Big 12 special teams player of the week honors. Jamison was thought to be a nickel back when he came out of Houston Lamar, and he could go back to defense with P.J. Locke III off to the NFL draft. Texas used Jamison in a variety ways on offense, but it was his special teams play and clear athleticism that the Longhorns are most excited about.

Tight ends

Malcolm Epps, four-star, Spring Dekaney

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Epps benefited from the new redshirt rules allowing players to participate in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility. He played in wins over Texas Tech and Iowa State, registering one catch for 18 yards.

Special teams

Cameron Dicker, three-star, Lake Travis

The grade: B-plus

The reason: Dicker cemented his place in Texas lore with a game winner against Oklahoma. The freshman provided a competent kicking game for the Longhorns. That’s not something Herman had in his first season. He finished the year 18-of-25 with a long of 52. He also did well on kickoffs.

Ryan Bujcevski, three-star, ProKick Austrailia

The grade: C-plus

The reason: It’s hard to follow Michael Dickson, and expectations were probably too high for The Punter’s cousin. He became more consistent throughout the year, which was to be expected for a guy still new to competitive football. He averaged 40.3 yards per kick with a long of 56. Nine of his 56 punts were more than 50 yards and 18 pinned an opponent inside the 20.

Offensive linemen

Junior Angilau, four-star, Salt Lake East (Utah)

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Angilau took a redshirt in 2018.

Reese Moore, four-star, Seminole

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Moore took a redshirt in 2018.

Rafiti Ghirmai, four-star, Frisco Wakeland

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Ghirmai took a redshirt in 2018.

Mikey Grandy, three-star, College of San Mateo

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: An injury caused Grandy to quit football.

Christian Jones, three-star, Houston Cypress Woods

The grade: Incomplete

The reason: Jones took a redshirt in 2018.

Tomorrow’s Dotted Line: 2018 defensive grades

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