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Texas LB DeMarvion Overshown announces return for 2021 season

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The former safety showed some big-time flashes at Will this season.

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One of the top defenders for the Texas Longhorns will be back in 2021.

On Tuesday, junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown announced that he’ll return for his senior season.

The decision by the 6’4, 217-pounder makes Overshown the most high-profile player to announce his return for another season on the Forty Acres as five captains have opted out to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Ranked as the No. 52 player nationally and the No. 6 safety in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Overshown always faced questions about his eventual position thanks to his large frame that made him something of a tweener.

Depth at safety and injuries during Overshown’s freshmen and sophomore seasons limited his production on the field — he only made one tackle in 2018 and 18 tackles last season — creating a critical offseason for the Arp product with the arrival of new defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

To be sure, Overshown had flashed some potential in 2019 with seven tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, and four pass breakups, but the path towards playing time at safety was difficult with three returning players that had significant starting experience.

Meanwhile, Texas lacked depth and experience at the linebacker position.

Overshown took the initiative to ask Ash about a potential position change and was told that the staff — as well as scouts and NFL personnel types — saw his greatest professional upside at the linebacker position. The NFL has been slow to adopt college-style tactics like lighter, rangier linebackers, but the revolution has finally arrived.

The inability to go through spring practice and a full offseason of strength and conditioning under Yancy McKnight hurt Overshown’s transition, especially since he wants to play at a heavier weight than 217 pounds. Overshown eventually wants to play at 230 pounds.

But once the games started, Overshown quickly began demonstrating why coaches and evaluators were so high on him at the position.

“At first I had a little nerves, but it felt so natural once I started moving around,” Overshown said. “Just doing what I was coached over fall camp and over the little bit of spring training that we had.”

Overshown finished third on the team in tackles with 54, while adding 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries, and seven passes broken up. It was a stat-stuffing effort from Overshown despite his extremely limited experience at linebacker entering the season.

With greater comfort at the position, more familiarity with Ash’s scheme, and an offseason to gain the weight necessary to hold up in the box, Overshown has a chance to make a significant leap next season.

And that type of leap would vault him up draft boards and make him a significant amount of money from his first NFL contract.