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'Tank' adds to Texas' toughness

DT Desmond Jackson is strongest Longhorn, challenges team to follow lead

Updated: September 27, 2012, 12:40 AM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshmen, no matter their stars, ranking or hype, typically are treated initially as afterthoughts by those who had stars, rankings and hype before them.

Respect, as the adage goes, has to be earned. Desmond Jackson earned his at 6 a.m. in the summer of 2011. That was when he laid down on the bench press and set the bar high for not just every freshman but every player on the Texas team.

The defensive tackle put up 20-plus reps of 225 pounds that morning. Strength ...

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