Rounding out the defensive position groups for the NCAA Transfer Portal on March 24 for the Texas football program, safeties are the focus today.
The last position in the NCAA Transfer Portal Big Board for the Texas football program on the defensive side of the ball rounds out at safety. We’ve already tackled the first half of the defensive backfield, with the cornerback big board.
Texas might be more stacked at safety than any other position group on the defensive side of the ball. But with a new defensive coordinator and safeties coach comes new possibilities of what the scheme holds. Texas also relies a lot on their safeties to bridge the gaps between cornerbacks that are going to be asked to play very aggressive and covering a lot of ground if opposing ball carriers are able to break through the first level or two of the front seven.
Entering the 2020 season, Texas will be namely relying on the likes of junior safety Caden Sterns, junior nickelback B.J. Foster, and/or senior safety Chris Brown to power this part of the defense. The defensive backfield should be better this fall than it has been over the course of the last two years. That has to be why head coach Tom Herman elected to get rid of former defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and bring in former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash to fill the same role.
Ash will be both the defensive coordinator and safeties coach this year. He will be replacing the former interim defensive coordinator and safeties coach Craig Naivar, who did have a rather impressive showing in the Alamo Bowl win on New Year’s Eve over the Utah Utes by a score of 38-10.
Nonetheless, if the Texas Longhorns football program does want to add safety help out of the NCAA Transfer Portal, here’s a look out how the big board should stack up.