Those Texas Longhorns fans chanting for one more year from a popular defensive tackle will get their wish in a slightly more stocky form -- junior Malcom Brown almost certainly won't return, but senior Desmond Jackson once again announced his intent to return next season:
Jackson was lost for the season to a liscranc foot injury in the UCLA game that required surgery. At the time, he tweeted out his intentions to return next season. A medical hardship waiver will be necessary, but that shouldn't be hard for Jackson to acquire since he played in fewer than four games and never had a redshirt season.
The 6'0, 298-pounder was the starting nose guard prior to his injury and has appeared in 41 career games with 16 starts. In 2014, he had 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a quarterback pressure. Until his senior season, he had split reps with other players, breaking out in replacement of Chris Whaley against West Virginia last season when he set career highs in tackles (8), tackles for a loss (3) and sacks (2), along with a forced fumble.
With the impending departure of Brown, Jackson's prospective return would allow current breakout sophomore defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway to move back to his more natural position as the three-technique defensive tackle position instead of playing at the nose.