The Texas Longhorns flag flies in the end zone prior to kickoff against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Texas’ top defensive tackles

The Longhorns’ top-performing defensive tackles and freshmen defensive tackles over the past four years:


2013: The top tackle — Malcom Brown (68 tackles, 12 TFL, 2 sacks); top freshman — Paul Boyette (2 tackles, 1 TFL)

2014: The top tackle — Malcom Brown (72 tackles, 15 TFL, 6.5 sacks); top freshman — Poona Ford (9 tackles, 1 TFL)

2015: The top tackle — Poona Ford (39 tackles, 6 TFL, 2.5 sacks); top freshman — None

2016: The top tackle — Poona Ford (54 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 4 hurries); top freshman — Jordan Elliott (8 tackles, 1.5 TFL)

Texas defensive tackle Poona Ford against West Virginia in a game at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 8, 2014.


The last nine defensive tackles Texas has signed. Two of the last five classes have produced no DTs (2013, 2015). Numbers in parenthesis reflect that player’s star rating from 247Sports’ composite ratings:

2017: Jamari Chisholm, Northeast Oklahoma (3). Was the lowest-rated UT signee in 2017. Expected to help with defensive line depth.

Texas’ Chris Nelson chases down Kansas QB Keaton Perry during late fourth quarter action as Texas defeats Kansas 59-20 in their Big 12 football game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. Saturday night November 7, 2015.

2016: Jordan Elliott, Houston Westside (4). Before he signed with Texas, Elliott had committed to Michigan, Houston and Baylor.

2016: Chris Daniels, Euless Trinity (4). Like Chisholm, he committed on signing day. He was a former OU pledge.

2016: D’Andre Christmas-Giles , New Orleans St. Augustine (4). Committed the night before signing day.

2016: Gerald Wilbon, Destrehan, La. (3). Texas struggled against the run in 2015 and inked Wilbon, a run-stuffing DT.

2016: Marcell Southall, Duncanville (3). Chose Texas over Oklahoma and Miami.

2015: Du’Vonta Lampkin, Houston Cypress Falls (3). Never made it to campus — well, Texas’, anyway. He signed with UT but ended up at Oklahoma, where he made it into five games last season.

2014: Poona Ford, Hilton Head (S.C.) Island (4). Followed Charlie Strong from Louisville, where he was previously committed. Played nine games as a freshman, started five as a sophomore in 2015, and has been UT’s top-tackling DT the past two years.

2014: Chris Nelson, Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian (3). Redshirted in 2014, played in eight games in 2015 and has emerged as one of UT’s top tackles.

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