Top 22 Countdown - No. 3

We continue our countdown of the top 22 most important players to Texas’ success in 2014.

Chip’s Pick

RB Malcolm Brown


5-11, 218

The confidence of Brown at the running back position is palpable. He's got a chip on his shoulder as big as his goals - surpassing 1,000 yards and finally living up to his 5-star pedigree out of Cibolo Steele.

Brown has been possessed since running for 118 yards in the first half of the Baylor game, when it was still tied, 3-3, and then got only 8 carries in the second half, finishing with 131 yards for the game.

Brown has dropped from 230 pounds down to 218 and wants to get closer to 210 to increase his speed. He played in all 13 games last season for the first time in his first three years at Texas because of injuries as a freshman and sophomore (Brown played in 10 games in 2011 and in 8 games in 2012).

His performance was so potent in the spring, Charlie Strong yelled at his defense, "You're afraid to tackle him!"

Now, Texas needs Malcolm Brown to run with that same ferocity starting Aug. 30 and for defenses to have the same reaction UT defenders had in the spring. That would make life a lot easier for the Horns and QB David Ash.

William’s Pick

CB Quandre Diggs


5-10, 195

There is a case to be made that Diggs is the most important player to Texas’ success this season, and that’s not necessarily because of what he can do on the field as one of the top defensive backs in the country.

From a leadership standpoint, Diggs brings everything that you want and more to a program that has lacked toughness, discipline and accountability.

He’s been very out-spoken about his desire to help lead this program back to where he believes it should be. And if you aren’t all in like he is… don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

It’s about the bottom line to Diggs this season. He wants to win at all costs while trying to improve his draft stock, which is already high.

He’s exactly the type of put up or shut up type of player the Longhorns need more of to get this ship sailing in the right direction.

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