The Texas Longhorns football program has earned the nickname “DBU (Defensive Back University)” for obvious reasons. There are as many former Longhorns patrolling NFL secondaries as there are guys from any other school in the country. Apparently the Dallas Cowboys believe in the DBU product, as word has it both a former and more recently-former Longhorn are in their sights.
According to reports, former Texas and Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff was at Valley Ranch earlier today interviewing with the Dallas Cowboys after being released a few weeks back and earning free agent status. The Cowboys are desperately seeking veteran depth after the decisions to release of Gerald Sensabaugh due to salary cap concerns, leaving only Barry Church — who is fighting nagging injuries — as a safety on the roster. With plenty of starting experience behind him — including an NFL All-Pro season in 2010 — Huff would provide the type of consistent and professional presence in the secondary which the Cowboys desperately need.
While having a veteran presence is always essential, the Cowboys certainly won’t be stopping there. Rumors are also swirling that the Cowboys are very impressed with recent Texas product Kenny Vacarro, and, perhaps, could use either their 15th pick in the 2nd round, or their 18th pick in the third round to secure his services. While known to be somewhat of a loose cannon at times, Vacarro is as hard of a hitter at safety as you could find in college football over the past few seasons and is one of the most naturally gifted and passionate defensive backs ever to come out of DBU. It’s doubtful that Vacarro would be ready to start right off as a rookie, but stranger things have certainly happened.
Could the Cowboys be considering adding a uniquely Longhorn presence to their defensive secondary in acquiring both Huff and Vacarro? Are they convinced enough with either to be willing to make them starters in a defense that desperately needs the secondary to be successful for the team to have any reasonable chance at improvement in 2013?
These are questions Jerry Jones and his staff must answer — and answer quickly as both free agent negotiations and the NFL Draft loom around the corner.