Texas Football: An In-Depth Look at the Longhorns Secondary

You can reasonably claim all that stood in the way between the Longhorns and a National Championship last season was its secondary. Let's take a look at what the backend will look like for Texas football this fall.
Jahdae Barron, Texas football
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Jahdae Barron, Texas football
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Getting Jahdae Barron back for a fifth season was massive. He has arguably been the best Longhorn secondary player over the last two seasons and will undoubtedly be the heartbeat of this defense. Barron has cross-trained on the outside, but barring injuries, I expect him to stick in the slot again.

Jaylon Guilbeau looks to be a shoo-in as Barron's backup. The former four-star recruit started three games as a freshman, but his playing time decreased last season due to various injuries and a lack of consistency.

During an April press conference, Coach Sarkisian noted that the junior had a "tremendous spring."

Clemson transfer Andrew Mukuba is another player familiar with the Star position. During his time with the Tigers, Mukuba filled a similar role. That said, Mukuba will likely be used at the field safety position this fall.