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Safety Separation

The most unsettled position on the Texas defense is safety, where at least six players are vying for starting jobs. However, according to defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, redshirt freshman Earl Thomas has been head and shoulders above the rest and should take one of the two starting spots.

It's pretty much been a consensus between players and coaches. When asked last December, between the end of the regular season and the Holiday Bowl, which young defender had impressed him most in practice, defensive end Brian Orakpo answered immediately. "Earl Thomas," said Orakpo. "He's a hard worker. He's quiet, but when he's out there, he's very passionate about the game." In spring ball...

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