Texas defensive line coming together with Keondre Coburn as the man in the middle

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Keondre Coburn has drawn comparisons to former UT nose tackle Poona Ford (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — There are plenty of questions about the Texas defense this preseason, and that happens when a team has to replace eight starters from a 10-win squad that’s been listed as high as the fifth-best team in the nation, which is the Longhorns' preseason spot in Sports Illustrated’s football rankings.

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All three of the players on the defensive line will be new to the starting lineup when Louisiana Tech comes to Austin to open the season Aug. 31, and the progress and maturity of that unit over the next two-plus weeks will be important to the Longhorns’ success, both in Game 1 and moving forward.

Into the middle of that fray [habeabk]

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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