Defense is the Texas Longhorns’ Biggest Issue

Mark D. Smith-US Presswire

The Texas Longhorns will have to be the defensive team they were in 2009 in order to compete for a Big 12 and national championship.

The secondary is always a strong point for the Longhorns. The most interesting pieces to this team will be the linebackers for multiple reasons.

2013 should be a breakout year for Steve Edmond and an opportunity for Jordan Hicks to re-write the ending to his legacy at Texas. Due to injury, Hicks missed the rest of the 2012 season after an injury against Ole Miss. In that same game Edmond showed some promise with a pick-six and five total tackles.

Stopping the run was a huge problem for the Longhorns front seven last season and a lot of that has to do with some key injuries while at the same time it has quite a bit to do with the personnel. Texas has to develop their second and third team players just as much as they have to develop their starters. There can be absolutely zero excuses for a school like Texas.

The Longhorns defensive linemen have to stop the run equally as much as they disrupt the quarterback. The epitome of this issue was during the Red River game against Oklahoma when Damien Williams scored on a 95-yard run where he was barely touched. The worst part is that the Longhorns were still in the game at that point.

The Longhorns are the self-proclaimed “DBU” because of their history of shutdown corners and ball hawking safeties. However, if the DL and LB’s can’t stop the run this season any better than they did last season “DBU” will pertain to the constant touchdown saving tackles made 20 yards down field.

Texas has got to tighten up their defense this fall if they want to compete for anything more than a nine win season.

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