Hicks steps into leadership role

The Texas defense will replace two senior LBs and a senior safety

Updated: August 23, 2012, 11:58 AM ET
By William Wilkerson | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson were the calming voices on the other end of the Mayday call when Texas' defense took on water aboard the S.S. Manny Diaz last season.

It didn't happen often, as the Longhorns were quite dominant in Diaz's first season as defensive coordinator. But when moments of confusion came, Texas' senior linebackers restored order ... and then often made the tackle.

That won't be the case this season, though, as Acho and Robinson fight ...

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