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Texas Ex and DBU alum Michael Huff has big praise for current Longhorns secondary

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As if there’s any doubt that head coach Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns have the program positioned to once again hold the label of DBU without any legitimate arguments against that claim, former Longhorns safety Michael Huff dropped some high praise on Twitter for the current secondary:

Indeed, that group ranks as perhaps the most talented to ever don the burnt orange and white at the same time, as it consisted of Huff, Michael Griffin, Cedric Griffin, Aaron Ross, and Tarrell Brown. Each of those players went on to play in the NFL, but not before Huff and Ross each won the Thorpe Award.

Huff was the No. 7 pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Michael Griffin was the No. 19 pick the following year, and Ross came off the board with the next selection.

In 2005, the group allowed opponents to complete only 51.1 percent of the passes attempted against them while holding teams to 172 passing yards per game, numbers that are difficult to comprehend given the current state of the passing attacks in the Big 12.

So the standard can’t possibly get any higher, but it’s easy to understand why Huff feels so confident — sophomore cornerbacks Davante Davis was a preseason All-Big 12 pick and classmate Holton Hill could be in the mix if he has a strong season as the two attempt to prove that they are the best cornerback duo in the conference.

Another sophomore, PJ Locke, won a recent lightweight title in the “Battle for the Belts” and looks poised to have a breakout season at the nickel back position after making the move from safety during the spring.

There’s plenty of depth, with sixth-year senior cornerback Sheroid Evans taking the other three lightweight belts and yet another sophomore, Kris Boyd, looking like a starting-caliber player at times during his freshman season.

The starters are safety are getting pushed by younger players who are sparking the optimism from Huff — sophomore DeShon Elliott and freshman Brandon Jones, the nation’s No. 1 safety in the 2016 class.

It’s still a relatively unproven group and the safeties have the most to prove, including current starters like senior Dylan Haines and junior Jason Hall, but there’s no question that the competition will make them better and ensure that the ‘Horns get improved play there in 2016.

All in all, it’s hard to disagree with Huff — if there’s anyone who knows about DBU, it’s one of the leaders from the last Texas team to win a national championship.