Texas Longhorns Football: Resurgence Starts in Spring

The Texas Longhorns are a college football team that has fallen on hard times. They are far removed from the glory years and are often overshadowed by other teams in the Big 12 conference to include their rivals Oklahoma Sooners.

Enter a new coach, some new hope and a new attitude. While that is always impressive, the truth be told is it will not matter if they don’t change many things on the football field. The first glimpse for the diehard Longhorn fan base will be this spring when the teams take to the field for the spring practices and games.

New head man Charlie Strong is a defensive guy so it will be interesting to see the changes that he will make on the defensive side of the ball. Strong is a defensive-minded coach and his bread-and-butter defense has been a 3-4 base formation. Under Mack Brown, Texas was a 4-3 program. So task No. 1 for Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is to determine whether they will stick with the 4-3 based on the personnel they inherited. In the meantime, it’s this unit, which is missing 2013 leader Jackson Jeffcoat (as well as tackle Chris Whaley, safety Adrian Phillips and defensive back Carrington Byndom), that has already been the biggest target of Strong’s revamped workout program. SO these new look defenders will be eager to get on the field and hit something.

They also have good leadership on every level on that side of the ball. That program is led by strength and conditioning coach Pat Moorer, who worked with Strong at both South Carolina and Louisville, and replaces Bennie Wylie and longtime Texas S&C director Jeff “Mad Dog” Madden. Strength isn’t an issue in Austin. Never has been. But you can’t make the tackle if the guy is running away from you. Last year, Texas ranked 57th in scoring defense and 67th in total defense, due in part to a schedule filled with funky spread offenses and a system that started the year perhaps a little too complicated. That’s why Strong is getting them back to basics. That is exactly what this team needs.

Strong has claimed that there is nothing wrong with this team, but he is far from right. But for a program that isn’t broken, Strong has sure been doing a lot of fixing. The team has been brought back to campus to live in the same dorm. The players and staff no longer ride the bus to the practice field. They walk. And when the team lined up for its first official wind sprints of the spring, Strong lined up and took off with them. It is these little changes that will bring this program back to its legendary status of a winner and it all starts this season. Longhorn fans get ready, your team will start to become relevant again.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

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