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NCAAF - US Sports: Longhorns add sparkle to troubled defense

29 May 2022 06:12:37 EST
Steve Sarkisian has added another new face to his Longhorns roster

Texas' bid to be a title contender again gained another believer on Friday when FCS All-American linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey chose to join the Longhorns rather than several other top college programs.

The former James Madison standout elected to play his senior year with the Longhorns, who are 67.00 to win the NCAAF title next season.

Tucker-Dorsey totalled 116 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four interceptions during a stellar junior season with the Dukes.

Arguably his best performance came in the FCS Playoffs when he disrupted former Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback Cole Kelley and Southeastern Louisiana's offense with two interceptions, two quarterback hurries and a sack in a 59-20 victory.

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The seventh addition to Texas' transfer class this off-season, Tucker-Dorsey fills a major need for coach Steve Sarkisian, whose team posted a modest 5-7 record in his fiirst season and were ranked 100th nationally on defense.

Texas primarily relied on walk-on Luke Brockermeyer at middle linebacker while no player on the Longhorns" roster posted more than six tackles for loss or two sacks.

Although appearing undersized at 5-foot-10 and 214 pounds, which is why he fell to the FCS level.

Tucker-Dorsey proved himself to be a fundamentally sound playmaker during two deep play-off runs with the Dukes and instantly upgrades Texas' defense at the second level.

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