Texas’ talented, but inexperienced linebackers tabbed as state’s best

Like the rest of the Texas Longhorns defense, the linebacker position has to reboot after losing key contributors from last season's squad.

Top performers Cedric Reed and Steve Edmond are gone, but there's enough returning, albeit inexperienced, talent combined with exciting incoming freshmen that the Horns' linebacker unit should remain mighty stout. 

The Longhorns' talent at the position is so encouraging, in fact, that in ranking the best linebacker units in the among the schools in Texas, the Dallas Morning News, tabbed them No. 1, just ahead of Baylor's impressive group.

Seniors Peter Jinkens and Dalton Santos, along with junior Tim Cole will be charged with leading a bunch of highly talented but inexperienced players. Early entry freshman Malik Jefferson could well make a run at Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year, and fellow freshmen Edwin Freeman could also have potentially a major impact on a defense that is in flux, but must step up to again help an offense that is anything but guaranteed to succeed. 

(h/t Dallas Morning News)

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