The Big 12's best defense: Texas

August, 28, 2012
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When it came to voting for the best defense in the Big 12, there was no contest.

Texas dominated this one, hauling in 61 percent of the vote.

The fans got it right, too. Texas will have the Big 12's best defense, but it might also have a case by season's end as the nation's best defense, even if it's struck by an injury or two.

It all starts up front for the Longhorns with defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor, bookends on a defensive line that also features Chris Whaley and juco transfer Brandon Moore starting at the tackle spots. Ashton Dorsey and Desmond Jackson are more than capable of filling in with no drop-off, and blue-chip freshman recruit Malcom Brown should get his chances, too.

Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs should make a case as being the league's best cornerback duo, and safety Kenny Vaccaro is one of the league's best overall defensive talents. He's versatile, too, and gives Texas plenty of options for where to play him and what the defense can do schematically.

The linebackers are young, but promising, and the trio of Jordan Hicks, Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs will have a great chance to grow up in a defense that should be perfect for their development.

It's no contest here for the Horns. Oklahoma finished second in the poll, all the way back with 14 percent of the vote. Looks about right to me.

Oklahoma State, the league's No. 1 scoring defense in conference play last year, grabbed 10 percent of the vote. Kansas State also had 10 percent of the vote.

Newcomer TCU, throwing lots of freshmen on the field this year, got just five percent of the vote.

No question at the top, but did the readers get the rest of the poll right?

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