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Texas forced to start freshman in defensive backfield

Updated: August 25, 2008, 6:46 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns revealed their first depth chart for the season Monday with a few new faces and a bit of anxiety about their pass defense.

Freshmen Earl Thomas and Blake Gideon are listed as the top safeties for Saturday's season opener against Florida Atlantic.

And backing them up? Three more freshmen, meaning there won't be a down of experience up the middle of the field in a secondary that ranked 109th nationally against the pass in 2007 and gave up school records ...

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