2011 defensive awards

Emmanuel Acho's play and leadership helped guide the Longhorns

Updated: January 10, 2012, 10:55 AM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas did it with defense.
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AP Photo/Charlie NeibergallEmmanuel Acho's biggest impact in 2011 might have been adapting so quickly to a new scheme.
Of course, the Longhorns didn't have much of a choice. Despite losing much-ballyhooed defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to Florida, the Longhorns finished 12th nationally in overall defense.

Had they not been put in such bad spots in so many weeks by an offense that continually turned over the ball, that number could have been better. But as it was, the defense was good enough to deserve a few plaudits.

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