Texas may be the most talented team in the Big 12 Conference, and with 19 of 22 starters returning, expectations are very high in Austin
"The leadership is much better than the last couple of years, because the guys are older and more experienced, they understand nine is not how many wins we want to achieve at Texas," said Texas Head Coach Mack Brown.
Among the biggest beneficiaries of UT's Alamo Bowl win was QB David Ash and the Longhorns expect a break-out year from the junior quarterback.
"David can have an outstanding season; he always has that capability, he's a great player and athlete, but an even better person," said offensive lineman Trey Hopkins.
Ash will quarterback a new-look up-temp offense directed by former UT gun-slinger Major Applewhite
"The same things are in place, we're just going at a much faster tempo, and we want to go even faster than we did this spring; we are faster team, an older team, so we think we can go fast, we should be able to do that," said Brown.
On defense, the Longhorns return plenty of talent, including star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat who said thanks, but no thanks to the NFL draft last April.
"I was thinking, man you need to finish out your senior year with these guys in your recruiting class, the guys that you first came in with," said defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat.