Steve Edmond is another second-year linebacker ready to take the college football world by storm in 2012.
With the departure of Keenan Robinson to the NFL, Edmond will be the Longhorns' starter at middle linebacker. In limited playing time behind Robinson, Edmond impressed with 16 total tackles, including two for loss and a forced fumble in 2011 as a true freshman.
Edmond was a highly touted recruit in 2011, as Scout awarded him a 5-star rating. He has excellent strength and size at 6'3" and 255 pounds. While he may be on the heavy side for a linebacker, Edmond makes up for it with his impressive speed, range, and instincts.
According to Orangebloods.com, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz gave Edmond plenty of praise. "Steve, first of all, is a good instinctual linebacker," Diaz said. "For his size, he moves very well, which is what we like about him there. He has the ability to play the run and pass equally well, which is important in the league we play in."
Fellow Texas defensive players have also been impressed with Edmond so far. As HornsNation reported, safety Kenny Vaccaro stated that Edmond is "a true middle linebacker," and fellow LB Jordan Hicks added that he is "big, long, strong, and athletic."
Edmond looks to be in for a big year in 2012, so watch for him to become one of the Big-12's top linebackers.