Texas defensive back Josh Thompson played in 13 games last year with the majority of his contributions on special teams. He started against Tulsa, USC, and West Virginia, and there were several moments in each of those games where the opponent made a play against Thompson.
This will be the most talented secondary since the glory days of the previous decade but whether or not it's the best depends on how quickly the young safeties and corners adapt to their roles. We'll cover the corners in another post. For now we'll discuss safeties and nickels and dimes since the nickels and dimes cross-train at safety rather than corner.
The most populated position grouping on the Texas roster is defensive backs. You don't really notice this until you get ready to write about each player, or until you want to run dime and have a legitimate two deep. Texas doesn't just have bodies at the position, it has solid and experienced veterans with talent still yet to surface, solid role players, and an exciting crop of youngsters with the potential to put any question of who the real DBU is to sleep for the next decade. Insert Sterns and Foster joke here.