Though Kenny Vaccaro's departure has left questions at safety, the Texas Longhorns' most crucial defensive position in 2013 will be at linebacker. Thanks to a couple super sophomores, this group looks ready to turn things around this season.
The linebacking corps was simply awful in 2012. Due in equal parts to two starters to the NFL and its lone returnee Jordan Hicks to injury, this group was run over for the 4.64 yards per carry that made last season's the worst defense in school history. And teaching linebackers was supposed to be Manny Diaz's specialty.
This year, Diaz's linebackers have a shot at redemption. They return everyone that played last season, including Hicks, and bring up two of the most talented sophomores in the country. Will it be enough?