Looking at the team stats, it might be difficult to believe Texas had one of the best cover corners in college football in 2016.
The Longhorns ranked near the bottom nationally in passing yards allowed, giving up 258.5 yards per game — 105th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. But according to number-crunching analytics website Pro Football Focus, Longhorns sophomore P.J. Locke had one of the best seasons of any cornerback.
PFF ranked returning college corners based on opponents’ passer rating when targeted, and Locke is second behind Alabama All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 2, 2017
Locke made nine starts for the Longhorns last season at the nickel position, finishing with two interceptions, eight passes defended, a fumble recovery and 33 total tackles. In the team’s win over No. 8-ranked Baylor on Oct. 31, he recorded his first career interception and fumble recovery.
Big things will be expected of the Beaumont product in 2017. Texas coach Tom Herman lauded him for his leadership during spring practice, and Locke made two tackles and a pass break-up during the spring game. However, he’ll be limited this summer after undergoing hernia surgery in May.
Check out Locke’s 2016 highlights in the video below:
Editor’s note: This entry originally featured a photo of former Texas receiver Jacorey Warrick, who shared a jersey number with Locke during the 2016 season.
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