December 28, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (44) celebrates following a sack during the fourth quarter against California Bears in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. The Longhorns won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns Spring Practice Preview: Defensive Line

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Spring practices have begun at the University of Texas. From February 19th to February 27th, Hook’em Headlines will breakdown each position group and what to expect from each position group this spring. Today we will begin on the defensive line.

February 19th: Offensive Line

February 20th: Tight Ends

February 21st: Wide Receivers

February 22nd: Running Backs

February 23rd: Quarterbacks

Coach:

Bo Davis is in his third year at the University of Texas. The previous 9 years he was with Nick Saban.

Starters: 

Desmond Jackson, Chris Whaley and Jackson Jeffcoat are the two returning starters as Alex Okafor graduated and Brandon Moore declared for the NFL Draft.

Key reserves: 

Shiro Davis and Malcom Brown both contributed in limited playing time this year. Shiro Davis had to burn his redshirt against Iowa State this past year but in those 4 games, he made his presence felt. Malcom Brown showed flashes of dominance  and I expect big things from him.

Spring Outlook: 

With the surprise departure of Brandon Moore, the Longhorns have many candidates to be on the starting line. But there will be 3 other players that I haven’t mention that will play a huge role on the 2013 Texas Longhorns. Cedric Reed, Hassan Ridgeway, and Ashton Dorsey. Hassan Ridgeway has been the talk of the coaching staff and people close to the program. He has made the switch from defensive end to defensive tackle. I think this is the deepest part of the roster heading into spring practice and I don’t see much drop off from this position group.

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