Texas football is primed to have one of college football’s best defenses for the coming years, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports.
The Longhorns are so talented that even their second team would be considered “good,” according to a coach mentioned in the story..
“Oklahoma’s talent base on defense is not close to Texas’,” a Power 5 offensive coordinator anonymously told Rittenberg. “Texas’ second team is a good football team.”
This is high praise from the coach for the Longhorns, who went 7-6 last season. The Longhorns had their struggles in 2017. But coach Tom Herman has done an excellent job of attracting top-tier talent to Austin, Texas.
Texas must replace a few of its best defensive players from last season, including linebacker Malik Jefferson and safety DeShon Elliott. Texas replenishes some of its depth with a top-5 recruiting class in 2018.
Those efforts have been noticeable. ESPN ranks the Longhorns as the nation’s tenth-best defense over the next three seasons.
Texas defense dominates compared to the rest of the conference
Texas is the highest-ranked Big 12 team and one of only two Big 12 teams in ESPN’s top 25. The other program is TCU.
The Longhorns haven’t racked up a Big 12 title since Colt McCoy led them to the national championship game in 2009.
But that slump could change quickly if Texas’ defense is as good as some expect in the immediate future.