Starters: CB Quandre Diggs, S Josh Turner, S Mykkele Thompson, CB Duke Thomas
Backups: CB Bryson Echols, S Edwin Freeman, CB Antwuan Davis, S Adrian Colbert, S Chevoski Collins, CB Sheroid Evans, S Erik Huhn, CB Jermaine Roberts
No unit has more potential for disaster than Texas' depleted secondary in the Big 12. But with a subtle move, Strong may have offered some insight as to how to he plans to plug the holes.
Other than preseason All-Big 12 corner Quandre Diggs, the 'Horns don't have much to hang their hats on in the secondary. Duke Thomas has been inconsistent, and the Josh Turner-Mykkele Thompson safety duo lacks the size to come down to make plays in the box.
That's why Edwin Freeman, a tweener on the recruiting trail, is so important. The 6'1", 215-pound freshman is listed at safety for the Longhorns, which perpetuates the idea that Strong will utilize the 3-3-5 defense he has employed throughout his career. In such a defense, Freeman projects as the hybrid defender discussed here by Smart Football's Chris B. Brown.
At the very least, Freeman brings some size to a position group that desperately needs it. If he can get a grip on Strong's defense, Texas will be much better than anticipated on the back end.
Turner has also been dismissed from the team, but is hopeful for a return to the team per Orangebloods' Jason Suchomel. As these things stand now, Freeman would be Texas' starting strong safety alongside Thompson.
Per the earlier Orangebloods.com report, Collins has also been dismissed from the team along with the running back Overstreet. That will mean a role for redshirt freshman walk-on Dylan Haines, who recorded an interception in the spring game.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all stats and player information courtesy of TexasSports.com, with recruiting data accrued from 247Sports. In light of the recent dismissals, suspensions and departures from the team, this page will continue to be updated in order to reflect the active roster.