October 3, 2007

What direction will Texas go defensively?

In years past Texas' defense has always been based on speed, but it seems that this year there is some debate whether youthful exuberance or wily veterans is the way to go in Texas' defense. The question is most pertinent at linebacker and in the secondary where the Longhorns have several players with plenty of experience but perhaps even more that have a chance to be true difference makers defensively.

Leading that group are sophomore linebackers Sergio Kindle, Roddrick Muckleroy, and Jared Norton. Kindle was among the most highly sought after players of the Mack Brown era and so far has been bitten by off the field problems and various injuries that have slowed him from being the player that many expected to be the next great Texas linebacker.

Meanwhile Muckleroy and in particularly Norton have slowly been taking more and more time from senior Scott Derry and junior Rashad Bobino. Norton is a big physical presence while Muckleroy is a play-maker who just seems to continually find himself in the middle of plays.

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