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Texas vs. The Nation 2013 roster: Ryan Aplin hopes to shine at QB

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Small school prospects like Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin and East Central Oklahoma defensive end Armonty Bryant will have a chance to shine Saturday at the 2013 Texas vs. The Nation game.


The Texas vs. The Nation game isn't high on the totem pole when it comes to college all-star games. The game to be played Saturday still has a number of interesting names dotting both rosters, however. This year's Texas roster, per usual, mostly features players from within the Big 12 footprint. Here are some of the highlights.

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QB: Arkansas State's Ryan Aplin was called the best quarterback on the Texas roster by Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, despite the presence of Texas Tech's Seth Doege. Aplin thrived in Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense last season, and in practices he has reportedly shown the accuracy and decision-making to potentially run an NFL offense. His biggest drawback is that he doesn't have a big arm.

RB: TCU's Matthew Tucker and Boise State's D.J. Harper highlight the running back corps for Texas. Both bring different skill sets to the position. Tucker has been impressive in practice, showing off power and impressive elusiveness considering his 6'1, 227-pound frame. Harper has the potential to be a sleeper in the 2013 draft. He is very compact at 5'9, 205 pounds, and has shown balance, power and speed in practice. Harper's injury history could turn a lot of NFL teams away, however.

WR: Oklahoma's Justin Brown has been turning heads with his pass-catching ability. He doesn't have a elite separation ability, but for the most part he has shown that he can catch most passes thrown his way.

DE: Armonty Bryant out of East Central Oklahoma has drawn rave reviews. Rob Rang of called Bryant's motor "relentless," and it appears that NFL scouts noticed.

DT: Dequinta Jones from Arkansas, likewise, had a nice day of practice along the offensive line. According to Galko, Jones drew praise for his run fits and nose for the football. Jones also showed an ability to get into the offensive backfield at 6'5", 300 pounds.

DB: Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong has been one of the most closely watched prospects in practice. He did not play this past year due to an NCAA infraction, and the rust has reportedly been apparent. At 6'3, 227 pounds, Armstrong is a physical specimen with plenty of range. He is far from polished, however.

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