Let's have your individual/unit predictions for the 2012 defense. Then we'll look back in January, 2013 and laugh at how wrong we were. Projected numbers include the bowl game (that's 13 games).
- Jordan Hicks - 116
- Steve Edmond - 110
- Kenny Vaccaro - 91
Jordan Hicks will play a key clean-up role behind a gap-charging front seeking to disrupt offenses early. Steve Edmond is a mutant, but his ability to read and flow is outstanding for a 255 pounder. Kenny Vaccaro will see quite a bit of time near the LOS as a slot eraser and RB disgracer.
- Adrian Phillips - 5
- Quandre Diggs - 4
- Kenny Vaccaro - 4
I'll take the least heralded member of the 2012 Longhorn secondary to lead us in interceptions. Phillips does a good job of keeping his eyes on the QB and he'll cover more ground that his predecessor. Diggs has a great knack for drifting opportunistically in coverage and high-pointing. Vaccaro has soft hands despite his punishing reputation. Byndom won't lead us in interceptions, primarily out of QB respect.
- Jackson Jeffcoat - 11.5
- Alex Okafor - 8.5
- Chris Whaley - 5.0
Jeffcoat is our most technically proficient pass rusher. Okafor our most powerful. Whaley will be a problem inside attacking the gaps. Steve Edmond, Demarco Cobbs, our other defensive tackles, and Jordan Hicks are all capable of contributing 3+ sacks.
Tackles For Loss
- Jackson Jeffcoat - 21.5
- Alex Okafor - 16.5
- Steve Edmond - 16.0
Jeffcoat and Okafor can create their own disruption, but they'll benefit from interior mayhem and bounce outs. I like Edmond a lot as a run-blitzer.
- 268.3 yards per game allowed, #4 in CFB
- 15.6 points per game allowed, #6 in CFB
- #2 rushing defense
- #4 passing efficiency defense
- No DT will make more than 50 tackles. Four will make at least 20
- The Texas secondary will have 20+ interceptions on the year