Three Longhorns returning for senior seasons
JAN 09, 2014 6:54p ET
Charlie Strong's first team at Texas got a shot in the arm on Thursday.
Reed was the most likely of the three to make the jump. The first-team All-Big 12 defensive end had 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He also forced five fumbles and had 79 total tackles.
"After talking to my family and friends, I think it's in my best interest to come back next year and help my teammates and the coaching staff keep building the program," Reed said in a release. "I think I can fit into Coach Strong's scheme well, and I'm looking forward to having a great senior year under him, while I can also finish my degree."
Diggs led the team with 10 pass breakups this season and has been a three-year starter for the Longhorns. He has been named to the All-Big 12 team in each of the past two seasons.
"This will be fun, it will be different for sure, but I want to come back," Diggs said. "I want to have a full year healthy and this will hopefully be my first spring to be that way in two years. I'm looking forward to winning a lot of games and getting my degree. I'm just looking forward to being a senior leader and getting this thing back on top."
Brown has rushed for 1,970 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons as a key member of the Longhorns backfield. He moved into a starting role after Johnathan Gray suffered a torn Achilles late in the season.
"I wanted to experience Coach Strong and see what he has for us, and I feel like we're going to have a good year. We have a lot of guys coming back," Brown said. "We had a pretty strong 2011 class, and I want to come back and enjoy my senior year with all of them. We all have to wait our turn to be complete senior leaders, and it's our time now."