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Who is the most irreplaceable Longhorn next football season?

Posted May 25th, 2017

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CBS Sports released its list of the 17 most irreplaceable college football players next season, and a Longhorn is on the list.

Junior linebacker Malik Jefferson falls in at No. 9 on reporter Ben Kercheval’s list. This shouldn’t be a big surprise for those who follow the Longhorns, as Jefferson has been one of the marquee players on the roster the last two seasons. The article gives its reasoning:

“He’s supremely gifted physically even though he’s still finding his niche and growing into his body.

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Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson exits the field after falling 45-40 to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

But at least the ranking notes that Jefferson has some pretty big name recognition that has, at times, overshadowed his actual production. Jefferson noticeably struggled as a sophomore last season, following a Freshman All-American season in 2015. But CBS also points out that Jefferson is “the face of the Texas football team.”

That’s not a bold statement. He probably is.

But is he the most irreplaceable Longhorn? That can be argued by following Texas’ continued pursuit of a back-up quarterback.  

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