Habe on the ‘Horns: Longhorns defense is in critical mode

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Texas head coach Charlie Strong said that although bigger and stronger heading into his sophomore season, linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) is not solely responsible for improving the Texas defense (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
Texas head coach Charlie Strong said that although bigger and stronger heading into his sophomore season, linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) is not solely responsible for improving the Texas defense (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — The business of defense in football is all about the bottom line: either you stop the opposition’s offense from moving the ball and from scoring or you don’t.

Texas didn’t stop much of anybody from moving up and down the field last season while compiling a bowl-less 5-7 record. Along the way, the Longhorns gave up 5,431 total yards (an average of 452.6 yards per game) in 12 games, the most in school history. They gave up the second most points ever (364) and the 2,630 rushing yards allowed were the third-most surrendered on the 40 Acres.

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Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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