Texas’ defense will match up against some of the best offensive minds in the country in 2019. Most of the offenses they command emphasize the spread passing game, so the microscope often focuses on the Longhorn defensive backs.
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.