Posted January 9th, 2010 by Brian
Filed under: Feature, Football

Earl Thomas had a Texas record 8 interceptions this season. (Image: Getty)

Earl Thomas had a Texas record 8 interceptions this season. (Image: Getty)

Redshirt sophomore safety [tag]Earl Thomas[/tag] won’t be back in 2010 for the Texas Longhorns. The Thorpe Award finalist out of West Orange-Stark has announced he is leaving school early for the NFL. The news is not unexpected but didn’t think we’d get confirmation so soon.

Earl is projected to be drafted in the middle of the 1st round so this is a good decision for him and for his family. You go to college to prepare yourself for your future career and Thomas has done that (and then some) in his three years at Texas. Athletically he seems ready to play in the league and his biggest negative is his size which wouldn’t improve with more time on campus.

Thomas’ departure leaves the Horns a little thin on experience in the secondary for 2010. At safety, starter [tag]Blake Gideon[/tag] is returning as is the promising [tag]Christian Scott[/tag] but neither has man coverage skills Thomas does. Someone else from the group of guys including [tag]Kenny Vaccaro[/tag] and [tag]Nolan Brewster[/tag] will also need to step up.

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Benbrookhorn has updated his great Texas football roster breakdown for the 2009 season. Every position is broken down by class and it includes the incoming 2012 seniors and even the 2013 targets. Useful.

Go check it out.

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