Spring superlatives: Texas
The Texas Longhorns.
Strongest position: Pass-rushers
Key returnees: Keenan Robinson, Jackson Jeffcoat, Alex Okafor, Emmanuel Acho
Key losses: Sam Acho, Eddie Jones
Analysis: Sam Acho was the best of the bunch last year, but Texas is loaded with young talent up front that can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Robinson and Emmanuel Acho are budding stars who both were in the backfield plenty last year, and Jeffcoat showed potential to be the best defensive end in the league last year before being slowed by an ankle injury.
He should be much better this year and likely the most disruptive pass-rusher on the team.
Okafor, though, switched to defensive end from defensive tackle and drew rave reviews all spring, capping it with a five-sack performance in a spring game. Yes, it’s a spring game, but still. He was impressive and constantly disruptive. Texas has a young secondary and a developing offense, but if the Longhorns bounce back in 2011, the front seven will be a big reason why.
Weakest position: Skill positions