Texas Football: Five Questions for Spring (Defense and Special Teams)

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Mar 30, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; General view of Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2. Is Malik Jefferson as good as advertised?

The recruitment of Malik Jefferson was one of the most exciting to follow for Texas fans in several years, especially when one considers that in came down to Texas and A&M, with the winner stealing the recruiting momentum to finish out the class.

In the end, the Longhorns won out, and the five-star linebacker out of Mesquite (Poteet) became Strong’s most important recruit in his first real recruiting class at Texas.

Even better for the Longhorns, Jefferson is an early enrollee and will participate in spring football.

All reports indicate that, despite his youth, Malik is a born-leader. He is reportedly already one of the hardest workers on the team, and Strong told the media today that he is “an incredible athlete” and that he “can’t wait to see him on the field.”

This spring, we will learn a lot about the freshman, and all eyes will be on him throughout the off-season. He’s the type of special player that has the ability to help turn a program around.

Next: Along those same lines, what linebackers will earn starting spots?