Since the firing of former Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez, the program saw a decent load of players announce their intentions to transfer. One of those key players came from the defensive side of the ball in rising redshirt senior linebacker Brandon Rutt.
As a player that wouldn’t likely get a starting role with the Wildcats in 2018, Rutt made a smart decision to take his talents elsewhere. Unlike most of the linebackers that could be found transferring from Power Five schools on the open market now, Rutt has some proven experience to where he could start for another big time program.
In limited action last season, Rutt racked up 29 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and one sack. In his career, Rutt also has two fumble recoveries and one interception. Rutt is more effective in the pass rush usually than in pass coverage, but he showed the ability to do both at times with Arizona.
Linebacker isn’t the biggest position of need for the Horns either, but depth is always useful. Depending on where Rutt could fit in would determine how much value he could provide Texas. The projected starting linebackers for the Horns are Anthony Wheeler, Gary Johnson, and Jeffrey McCulloch. Following the losses of Malik Jefferson and Naashon Hughes, there are some holes to fill at that level of the defense for Texas.