Bad tackling and the Texas Longhorns were pretty much synonymous in the 2012 season, causing stirs among the burnt orange faithful about just how much progress its team was making.
Many pointed to the inexperience at linebacker in the absence of Jordan Hicks, while others blamed poor coaching and discipline for the team's tackling woes. In a fast Big 12 conference where up-tempo offenses are everywhere, the Longhorns were exploited at linebacker, and it is a position of huge interest this spring.
Improvement from the linebackers is a given if Texas is to make any sort of splash in the BCS or even in the Big 12, and the solutions have yet to come.
With Texas returning every linebacker to its roster for the 2013 season, there should be no reason to see a noticeable development from the group, which should help some of the problems in the secondary.
But before any tackling issues can be resolved, a number of things have to go well and go right this season.