Texas safety Brandon Jones has a team-high 49 tackles. Cornerback Kris Boyd has nine pass break-ups, putting him on pace for a career year.
Caden Sterns was named to ESPN’s mid-season freshman All-American team. The “Wolf” has a team-high four interceptions, tying the school record set by Chris Carter (1993) and Quandre Diggs (2011).
Still, Boyd doesn’t believe this UT secondary is worthy of the famed “DBU” moniker just yet.
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t say that. Those guys who started that are legends,” Boyd said Tuesday.
“Man, it’s crazy what those guys did and how they paved the way for us to be in this position,” he said. “You’re talking about Mike Huff, Michael Griffin. They are national championship winners. We’ve got some big, big shoes to fill. We’re nowhere near that, but we’re taking a step.”
The Texas pass defense does have a lot of room for improvement. The Horns rank seventh in the Big 12, having allowed 234.4 passing yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have totaled 1,641 yards in seven games, the third-highest total in the league.
“When it comes to the DBU stuff, we give ourselves a pat on the back but it’s way bigger than us,” Boyd said. “We’ve got to prove. (Based on) the past, we’ve got some catching up to do.”
Boyd is being honest. He was part of the 2016 secondary that allowed 3,102 passing yards, the fourth-highest total allowed in UT history. The 2017 squad allowed 3,364, the third-most allowed in UT history.
Having been here the last two years, Boyd knows how to view fan praise in its proper context. All he’s doing is staying focused on the next week, next opponent and next receiver.
“We’ve seen how people could bash us and then quickly praise us,” Boyd said. “Right now, we don’t care about what nobody’s saying. Just a few years ago, we were the worst team.”
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