The most intriguing of the Texas Longhorns to watch this spring and next fall will be Quandre Diggs.
Over the past years at Texas there have been iconic defensive backs that have supported the claim “DB U” (Defensive Back University). Michael Huff and Aaron Ross were both Thorpe Award winners. Quandre’s older brother Quentin Jammer was a fantastic DB and is now a tenured defensive back in the NFL. Earl Thomas was arguably the best DB in the nation in 2009, in my opinion, should have won the Thorpe Award in 2009.
Diggs is coming off a fairly productive season considering he was only a sophomore himself. This year I expect Diggs to really evolve into the role he is capable of and become the next great defensive back. The Big 12 is going to have a slight decline in talent at the quarterback position, and Diggs has been starting since his freshmen season so his experience should be very valuable.
The QB’s and the offenses he and Texas will face will be sub-par. Consider that Geno Smith, Landry Jones and Collin Klein will be gone, with young and inexperienced replacements under center, and I think you will see why Diggs will have a very special season for the burnt orange and white.
I expect Diggs to take a role along with Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks as a defensive leader and captain, but not just vocally by helping and instructing but more than anything leading by example.
Diggs should be the biggest play maker on the defensive side of the ball for the Longhorns this season and a Thorpe Award finalist in Orlando come December.