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Texas Six-Pack: Breakout players on defense

Senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch has played in 36 games over his first three seasons, twice as many as the combined total of appearances by all other linebackers on the Texas football roster (photo courtesy of texas sports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — If there is any real question about the Texas football team entering the 2019 campaign, it’s about the Longhorns’ defense, a group that has had to replace eight starters from last year’s 10-4 squad that beat Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

In this, the second half of our preseason look at our “Texas Six-Pack” of potential breakthrough players, we look at the defensive side of the ball, identifying Longhorns who need to step up, and out of the shadows.

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 .