Texas lost several key players
Not only does Texas not have as many returning starters as Texas A&M, but the players they lost were almost all good enough to get picked up by the NFL. The Longhorns had four players get drafted and six others got signed as unrestricted free agents after the draft.
They lost Malik Jefferson — Aggies will definitely remember that name as he spurned the Aggies back in the 2015 recruiting class — who was the highest Texas player drafted and a major component to their 29th ranked defense.
Texas also lost DeShon Elliot who is a member of the Baltimore Ravens now. Elliot was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back.
There might be some depth issues at offensive line after Connor Williams declared for the draft and was picked by the Dallas Cowboys.
Maybe the biggest loss is Michael Dickson, the punter who led all of college football in yards per punt and net average while winning the Ray Guy Award for best punter. Dickson was the MVP of their bowl win against Missouri — seriously.