Manny Diaz sparked some excitement following his first season as defensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns. His defense ranked in the top 15 and many expected it to be even better in his second year in Austin.
That second year has come and gone with much fewer accolades and praise for a defense that statistically is rated the worst in Texas football history.
A strong outing in the Alamo Bowl likely bought another year for Diaz to prove that his first year was no fluke, but his defense will be highly scrutinized now that inexperience should no longer factor as largely as it was this season.
There are a few key differences that separated the make-ups of the 2011 and 2012 defenses, and if the Longhorns remake themselves at key positions, then Diaz could be in for a very successful season in 2013.
Here are five reasons why the Longhorns' defense can rehash itself as one of the Big 12's best.