Change on the way at linebacker?
AUSTIN -- Texas co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina didn't come out and say it, but he hinted there could be a possible change in the starting linebacker unit as early as this week against Oklahoma State.
The most likely move involves sophomore Sergio Kindle replacing senior Robert Killebrew as the starter at strongside linebacker. Kindle has been impressive in recent weeks while Killebrew has been a disappointment this season. Killebrew has yet to record a sack, tackle for loss or quarterback hurry this season.
The defensive coaching staff has been extremely loyal to its veteran linebacker unit of Killebrew, Rashad Bobino and Scott Derry. In the last three games, the Longhorns have been rotating the first- and second-team units every two series. That has meant more playing time for second teamers Kindle, Roddrick Muckelroy and Jared Norton.
"I don't know whether starting a game matters that much," Akina said Monday. "It's balancing out where (both units) are playing half the game."
Akina said a decision on who gets a majority of the playing time depends on, "if somebody is struggling, if somebody is not."
Kindle has three tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures this season.
"He's been on the highlight reel with some big plays," Akina said of Kindle. "he just needs to continue to grow. Obviously Sergio is an impact player."
It's about time. Go celebrate PB.