Texas Football: Position-by-position report card from non-conference play

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In the win over Rice, Texas football got the bounce back performance that was much needed by the cornerbacks. But most of this grade is going to be weighted by how down they were for most of the outings against the Louisiana schools in the first two weeks.

Any defensive backfield that boasts pretty much nothing but sophomores and freshmen at cornerback will have its growing pains. But the growing pains for the Longhorns at corner came at the wrong time when they allowed more than 470 passing yards and four scores to LSU and senior star quarterback Joe Burrow.

A strong response from the Texas cornerbacks in the drubbing of Rice came from sophomore Anthony Cook and redshirt sophomore Kobe Boyce. There was a snuffed out screen play that Boyce nearly took back for a pick-six. But it just slipped through his hands and fell incomplete.

The mainstay of the cornerbacks should continue to be sophomore Jalen Green. In the first three weeks of the season, most opposing quarterbacks just decided to look away from Green. He emerged in a big way during fall camp and is proving his worth out of the gates.

Grade: C