The Texas Longhorns will start the Charlie Strong era in 2014 looking to restore their status as the premier program in the state. They have plenty of work to get there, however, but it will start this fall with a talented core of veteran players that will lead the transition. At the top of that list will be senior cornerback Quandre Diggs who should assume a prominent leadership role in the Texas secondary this season.
Diggs has been an impact player since arriving on campus, earning Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year and freshman All-American honors back in 2011. He earned a reputation as a ball-hawk quickly and quarterbacks tended to avoid him during his sophomore season, but he still put up near identical numbers to his freshman campagin. As a junior, Texas decided to move Diggs inside to a nickelback position where he could help support the run and be in the mix for more plays closer to the line of scrimmage. In three years as a starter, Diggs has eight interceptions and 31 pass breakups.
This season, Strong figures to move Diggs back to the perimeter as an edge defender where he has shown himself to be a stronger player. That will allow him to be at his best as he leads the Texas secondary into the 2014 season, shutting down opponent’s top receivers. When needed, Diggs can also shift down and lock down team’s top slot receiver as well, giving him the versatility to take away opposing offenses’ best option no matter where they line up.
For Texas to return to their former glory, they will need some veteran playmakers to lead the charge in 2014. Quandre Diggs has the ability to be one of the elite cover-corners in the country and will be a key piece to the Longhorns defense this season.