The defense should make huge strides in 2017.
But there is reason to believe Texas will take significant steps forward on defense next season. The Longhorns bring back 10 starters, their eight leading tacklers from a year ago and 13 of their top 14. In fact, returning defenders accounted for 84% of the tackles they made last season — the 5th-most in the country.
And that holds up across essentially every major defensive statistic: Texas brings back players who made 86.8% of their tackles for loss, 86.7% of the forced fumbles, 82.6% of the broken-up passes, 81.7% of the sacks and 73.3% of the quarterback hurries.
Everything is bigger at Texas and that includes the football staff.
Brecklyn Hager was named to the Lott Trophy Watch List.
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The Horned Frogs could be on the verge of a breakout season.
Lane Kiffin has recruited at least three middle schoolers.
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Amatuer sport? The CF champoinship game will have a Super Bowlesque half-time show.
The halftime concert will be held in Centennial Olympic Park, near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. An artist has not yet been booked, but ESPN is taking the lead on securing what it hopes will be an A-list performer with broad appeal.
109 days until the Horns first game of the 2017 season.