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Texas Longhorns Linebacker Jordan Hicks Gone; Accepts Senior Bowl Invite

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The Longhorns will have to replace the second best player on the Texas defense and their best LB in 2015.

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Hicks put together a healthy 2014 campaign after injury-riddled sophomore and junior seasons and now he'll test his luck with the NFL draft.  Hicks was a highly sought after recruit and obvious talent, but wasn't able to put together a healthy season until 2014.

In my opinion, Hicks was the 2nd best player on the Longhorn defense and a clear All Big 12 selection.  Hicks led the Longhorn in tackles with 140, had 13 tackles for loss, had 3.5 sacks and contributed 2 interceptions.  Hicks will be prized for his versatility, intelligence and coverage ability, but his injury history will send up some red flags.

A strong Senior Bowl should aid his draft status and the physical will be the most important part of his NFL Combine.

Best of luck to Jordan Hicks.  It was a pleasure watching him play.

Given the graduation of Steve Edmond and the less than satisfying play of Peter Jinkens, the Longhorns have a wide depth chart at LB in 2015.