Position: Strong Safety
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 193 pounds
High School: Lago Vista, Texas
Haines made a name for himself in his first season as a full-time starter finishing first on the team in interceptions (4), second in pass breakups (7), third in tackles (86) and tied for fourth in special teams stops (4). He also tied for fourth in the Big 12 and tied for 45th in the FBS in interceptions (0.31 per game).
Things got off to a good start for Haines, who intercepted a pass in his first collegiate game against North Texas.
The former walk-on was definitely a pleasant surprise at the backend of the Longhorns defense, but a player that quickly gained the respect of his teammates and one that UT felt confident enough in to go to a few media functions during the season.
It’s crazy to think that even two seasons ago Haines was working his butt off on scout team, earning scout team player of the week in the week leading up to the OU game in 2013.
Now he’ll enter the 2015 season as one of the leaders on Texas’ defense and a starter at strong safety.
Haines, who changed Nos. from 44 to 14, is noted as being a student of the game that doesn’t just happen to be around the ball by chance, but because of his work ethic. He’s got a firm grip on the SS position with no real threat behind him.
The coaching staff is much more confident about what they have in Haines than they were a season ago when, to be frank, they truthfully didn’t know until he played some meaningful downs.
Now that it’s been established that the dude can play the staff will be able to take a few more chances elsewhere knowing that Haines can handle things on the backend.
Expect Haines to have a season similar to last season complete with a few interceptions, PBUs, and more tackles. He’s a player.
How he ended up on the 40 Acres
Haines walked on at Texas and later earned a full scholarship in 2014.
High School Highlights
Coached by Alan Haire at Lago Vista High School....three-time letterman...two-time special teams Player of the Year winner...two-time first-team all-district kicker....versatile football player who played safety, center, wide receiver, and kicker in high school...was named special teams Player of the Year, first-team all-district for safety, wide receiver and kicker as a senior...recorded 27 catches for 587 yards, 374 return yards, and two interceptions his senior year...as a senior racked up 120 points scored... Born in Austin, Texas ... moved Lago Vista, Texas, just prior to high school …parents are John and Sandra Haines … has two brothers, Derek and Dakota … father played defensive tackle at Texas (1980-83) … father played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings … mother was on the Texas track and field team (1976-78) … brother, Dakota, played wide receiver for the Longhorns ... grandfather (Frank Hafernick) and great-uncle (Harry Hafernick) both competed on the Texas track and field team… [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]