Spring football has officially begun for the Texas Longhorns, who are hoping to ride an up-tempo offensive attack back to the top of the college football landscape.
Once again, the offseason has brought a sense of guarded optimism back to Texas fans despite a disappointing 2012 campaign and a somewhat down recruiting season.
Why? Not only do the 'Horns return all but three starters and the conference's most experienced quarterback, but Mack Brown's team is getting back to its roots courtesy of former quarterback Major Applewhite's up-tempo spread offense.
While continuity certainly makes things easier on this squad, pressing issues remain to be resolved before the fall. The secondary is frighteningly thin without leader Kenny Vaccaro, the third linebacker spot is still wide open and there is potentially a major shift looming on the offensive line.
The Longhorns' goal of the spring will be to get some clarity on these issues and start to get the offense used to an accelerated pace, one at which Brown hopes will have his team snapping the ball 85 times per game.
Following is the information regarding Texas' 2013 Orange-White game and open practices in which fans will get their first look at their team's progress, as well as the four early enrollees.
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 6:30 PM, CT
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (Austin, TX)
Television: Longhorn Network
Dates: Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2
Times: 4 PM & 6 PM (check here for time changes)
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium*
*Could be moved to Indoor Practice Facility at Denius Fields, known as The Bubble, in which case practice would become closed to the public.