5 overreactions to Texas football’s contentious win over Iowa State

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Moro Ojomo is the best player on the defensive line

While we’re on the subject of bold takes on who Texas’ best defensive players are this season, why not add senior defensive lineman Moro Ojomo into the conversation?

Ojomo is playing some of the best football of his long collegiate career on the Forty Acres in the last few games. In the last four weeks, Ojomo has racked up 10 combined tackles, zero missed tackles, six stops, four run staffs, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, seven quarterback pressures, and has the best defensive and run defense grades among Big 12 defenders.

In the win over Iowa State, Ojomo continued to excel in the trenches. He was the lone Texas defensive player to get multiple quarterback pressures. And he had the only sack of the afternoon for the Longhorns’ defense.

Ojomo also came up with a couple of run stops, and effectively took up space to free up the linebackers in Ford, senior DeMarvion Overshown, and senior Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey to clean up plays in run defense.

The duo of Ojomo and Ford was the driving force that limited Iowa State to just 74 rushing yards and 2.6 yards per carry in this game. Iowa State likes to run the ball up the middle to set the tone physically in the trenches, but the interior of the defensive line just wasn’t going to let that happen.

Everyone along the interior defensive line for Texas deserves props for the way they’ve played in the last three games. But Ojomo might be the best and most consistent force along the interior of this defensive line that could also be one of the best in the Big 12 with the way they’ve played of late.