Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
The lone returning starter on the linebacking corps this season, junior Jordan Hicks set a high standard for himself and the rest of the linebackers on this team.
Hicks was also a key cog in the defense setting itself straight in the second quarter and his communication skills during that span cannot be overlooked. Hicks also tied for the team lead with six tackles (one for a loss) while also blocking a punt to set up a Texas field and breaking up a Brett Smith pass.
Hicks seemed to be in the backfield the entire game and is blossoming into a star right before our eyes. Considering that he is also charged with covering the mistakes of two first-year starters in Cobbs and Edmond, Hicks should be commended for his complete effort last night.
He may not have been the most obvious playmaker on the field, but sophomore middle linebacker Steve Edmond had a nice game in his first start for the 'Horns.
Edmond also tied for the team lead with six tackles, with one for a loss, and was a big reason that the Cowboys could only muster 69 rushing yards. Edmond sort of gets lost between the star defensive ends, his running mate Hicks and the playmakers in the secondary, so he will probably continue to be overlooked throughout the season.
Not bad, not great but solid is how you would describe Edmond's performance and his improvement should be fun to watch.
With all of the speed and athleticism he possesses, you would really like to see more from sophomore outside linebacker Demarco Cobbs.
Cobbs just could not find a rhythm in Saturday's game and was only able to record one tackle. Even more disheartening is that the only time he made his presence felt was on a questionable personal foul call.
With his speed, you would have thought Cobbs' role for the game would be to shadow dual-threat QB Brett Smith but nothing like that ever took place. The team needs to find a way to make use of his strengths before he starts doubting himself.