RECENT HISTORY: SAFETIES
Texas’ top safeties
The Longhorns’ top-performing safeties and freshmen safeties over the past three years:
2014: The top safety — Dylan Haines (86 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 pass breakups); top freshman — Jason Hall (49 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 INTs, 10 pass breakups, 13 passes defended)
2015: The top safety — Haines (47 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 5 INTs); top freshman — DeShon Elliott (13 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 passes defended)
2016: The top safety — Hall (52 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 sacks, 4.5 TFL); top freshman — Brandon Jones (16 tackles, 2 blocked punts, 1 safety)
Freshmen on the field
Jones was the lone freshman safety to play in 2016. Texas signed two last year — Jones and Chris Brown, who redshirted.
RECENT SIGNINGS: SAFETIES
The last 10 safeties Texas has signed; five of them were 4-star recruits, five were 3-stars. Estell will be one of two freshmen safeties this fall since 2016 signee Chris Brown redshirted.
2017: Montrell Estell, Hooks (4). Starred at receiver and safety in high school, but he wanted to be a safety in college. Was signed as an athlete.
2016: Brandon Jones, Nacogdoches (4). Was considered UT’s top get of the 2016 class. He didn’t see a lot of snaps, but did make some big plays on special teams.
2016: Chris Brown, Alief Elsik (3). Didn’t get a lot of recruiting hype, but Texas liked him. Redshirted last fall, but made a couple of big plays in this year’s spring game.
2015: DeShon Elliott, Rockwall-Heath (4). Got into half of UT’s games as a freshman, with one start, and his two picks tied for second-most on the team.
2015: P.J. Locke III, Beaumont Central (3). Played in all 12 games, started one, and finished his freshman season with 14 tackles, 1 TFL and a forced fumble.
2014: John Bonney, Houston Lamar (4). 39 tackles, one forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a team-leading nine pass breakups last fall.
2014: Jason Hall, South Grand Prairie (3). Settled into a starting spot. Led all safeties last year with 52 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Also had two interceptions.
2013: Chevoski Collins, Livingston (3). Never saw the field as a Longhorn. Reshirted in 2013, then was kicked off the team by Charlie Strong as part of the Great Roster Purge of 2014.
2013: Erik Huhn, Cibolo Steele (3). Injury problems derailed his UT career. No longer on the roster.
2012: Adrian Colbert, Mineral Wells (4). Played in 38 career games and finished his career last fall as a graduate transfer with Miami. He played in eight games with the Hurricanes, with two starts. He missed five games with an injury and finished with 22 tackles and 2.5 TFL.