Over the next two months, HornsNation, will analyze each of the scholarship players currently on the Texas roster. (The bulk of the 2012 class is not currently on the roster.) We will look at the player’s past contributions, what he might do for Texas this year and the future impact he could have on the program. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis we will go through the roster numerically before ending with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
Cornerback, 5-10, 200, sophomore
Impact in 2011
Diggs was a do-everything freshman. He played in all 13 games with 11 starts at cornerback, returned punts and kicks. Diggs tied a school freshman record with his team-high four interceptions to go with 51 tackles (33 solo), four tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups and two caused fumbles. He returned 19 kickoffs for 371 yards and nine punts for 181 yards. He was a named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Impact in 2012
Diggs’ duties might be scaled back slightly in 2012 just because the coaching staff felt as if they might have used him too much and worn him out. So he will focus on his skills at cornerback. And because of that, along with the fact that he is bracketed by Carrington Byndom, there should be an increase in interceptions for the sophomore. Teams are going to try and throw away from Byndom, but that means they have to throw at Diggs. With a year under his belt, and a better sense of the velocity at which a college ball is thrown, Diggs should be able to get his hands on the ball more. So look for Diggs to be come add at least two interceptions to his 2011 total.
Impact in 2013 and beyond
Texas will get Diggs for the 2013 year but probably not beyond that. Diggs wants to be a pro and is proving that he has the skills to go that route after his junior season. He also has the wisdom to his brother Quentin Jammer to lean on. Jammer will no doubt give him an accurate assessment of where he stands after his junior year.