Bounce-back candidates for 2013
August, 14, 2013
By Travis Haney | ESPN Insider
Cooper Neill/Getty ImagesJackson Jeffcoat will help anchor the Longhorns' defense in 2013.A comeback player can be bouncing back from injury, poor play or both. The Texas defense qualifies in every way. From the front to the back, the Longhorns’ D is loaded with rebound candidates.
There are so many, in fact, that the collective unit is our No. 1 choice to make a comeback in 2013. Others include a player who was discussed as a Heisman candidate entering 2012 and a couple of quarterbacks whose coaches think they pressed last year because of weaknesses around them.
1. Texas Longhorns’ defense
When I talked last week to Horns coach Mack Brown, he was certain that the health of end Jackson Jeffcoat and linebacker Jordan Hicks would make a big difference relative to a year ago. Things really seemed to unravel when Hicks injured his hip in Week 3 at Ole Miss. By the end of the year, the Texas defense allowed an average of a touchdown more each week, and its yards per play allowed increased by 1.3 yards from 2011 to 2012.