These Texas players are being underrated going into 2024

Texas's depth promises to make for another interesting year of big-time competition at a few key position groups for fall camp.
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Jaylon Guilbeau, DB

Junior defensive back Jaylon Guilbeau pushed senior Jahdae Barron for starting reps at the star position during spring camp. Guilbeau's emergence after finally getting through a spring camp fully healthy throughout was a pleasant surprise for the Longhorns' secondary at nickel.

Guilbeau spent much of his first two seasons on the Forty Acres battling various lower and upper-body injuries that limited his time on the field in live-game action and getting practice reps. When healthy, though, Guilbeau is one of the most capable and versatile DBs Texas has on the two-deep.

Like Barron, Guilbeau is a formidable figure both playing at the cornerback and nickel positions. He showed the coaching staff and his teammates during the spring and in 7-on-7 work this summer that he is back up to speed and ready to make plays for the secondary.

Part of the reason why Guilbeau received more first-team reps at nickel during spring ball was the fact that the defensive staff had Barron cross-training at field corner. With the possibility that Barron, and potentially even Guilbeau, takes snaps at corner and star in live-game action this coming season, both of them need to be healthy and on their game this fall.

If Guilbeau shines as a potential starter in the secondary for the Longhorns this season, he could work his way into the NFL Draft conversation over the next two years.