WHAT’S CUFFEE STEPPING INTO: A fairly crowded grouping of rising cornerbacks — Holton Hill, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis all played as freshmen — stand between Cuffee and significant playing time, but if his game is there, Vance Bedford will use him. Cuffee also might be an option at safety, but the depth chart isn’t any friendlier there either (Dylan Haines, Jason Hall and incoming freshman Brandon Jones).
RECENT HISTORY: CORNERBACKS
Texas’ top CBs
The Longhorns’ top-performing cornerbacks and freshmen CBs over the past three years:
2015: Duke Thomas, 58 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups; freshman — Holton Hill, 49 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery
2014: Quandre Diggs, 73 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups; freshman — Anwuan Davis, 3 tackles
2013: Quandre Diggs, 58 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups; freshman — Bryson Echols, 11 tackles
Freshmen on the field
The Longhorns played 16 freshmen in 2015, which led the nation. That included all three cornerbacks signed in the 2015 class (Hill, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis).
RECENT SIGNINGS: CORNERBACKS
The last 10 cornerbacks Texas has signed. The Longhorns got three corners in 2015, rated 7th, 11th and 29th nationally at their position. It was the most signed since 2011, when Texas got the nation’s 5th, 7th and 14th rated corners. Texas has one cornerback committed for 2017 — Kobe Boyce, a 3-star from Lake Dallas. Numbers in parenthesis reflect that player’s star rating from 247Sports’ composite ratings:
2016: Eric Cuffee, Waco (4). Also may be an option at safety, but will get his first look at corner.
2015: Holton Hill, Houston Lamar (4). The nation’s 7th-rated corner coming out of high school, Hill started eight games as a freshman and earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
2015: Kris Boyd, Gilmer (4). Played in every game as a freshman, both as a corner and on special teams. Had 16 tackles and forced a fumble.
2015: Davante Davis, Miami Washington (4). Played in every game as a freshman and started the last five. Like Hill, he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick.
2014: Jermaine Roberts, New Orleans St. Augustine (3). Redshirted in 2014, then got passed up on the depth chart by the freshmen corners of 2015. Left the program earlier this year. Now at Sam Houston State.
2013: Antwuan Davis, Bastrop (4). Has played in 21 career games, and started the last five games of 2015. So far, his best game was last year’s loss to Cal, when he had a career-high three tackles and a fumble recovery that led to a field goal.
2012: Bryson Echols, DeSoto (4). Has logged 26 games in his career, though mostly as a special teamer. Has started one game — in 2014, against Texas Tech. Was the 13th-rated corner in the country in 2012.
2011: Quandre Diggs, Angleton (4). The fifth-rated corner of 2011, Diggs became a four-year starter (49 starts in 52 career games). Finished up tied for No. 9 on UT’s career interceptions list, and was a three-time All-Big 12 pick. He’s now a Detroit Lion.
2011: Josh Turner, Oklahoma City Millwood (4). Turner, rated the seventh corner of 2011, played in 46 career games at Texas but never started one. Also holds the distinction of being one of the few Longhorns that were kicked off the team by Charlie Strong, then later allowed to come back.
2011: Leroy Scott, South Houston (4). Scott, the 14th-rated corner of 2011, lasted all of two months into the Strong era. He, along with fullback Chet Moss, were dismissed from the team in March 2014. His career line — 38 games, no starts, 32 tackles, three fumble recoveries.