The Program: A Look at Texas' Focuses for Spring Practice

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterMarch 1, 2013

Texas kicked off spring ball last week, and the big news was that the offense was going to go up-tempo. Mack Brown wants to keep the power game and blend the tempo elements of other Big 12 offenses into his own scheme.

The game plan can certainly work, but on the Texas end of things, it's about committing to the cause.

If the team plays physical and uses tempo, Texas can not only pound on the smaller defenders all over the Big 12, but it can wear them out by not allowing for substitutions.

This is a brilliant plan, and for Mack Brown, a guy that can use some big wins, this is something that has to be successful for the longtime Texas coach.

Offense is not the only element that has to be worked on in the spring. Defense was a big problem in 2012, as well.

Sure, the scheme was exotic, but it was not effective—especially, against the run.

Look for Manny Diaz, a guy who has to put some of the shine back on his name, to get back to the basics, and that starts with stopping the run. Jackson Jeffcoat is out for the spring, and they have to replace Kenny Vaccaro—this defense has plenty of room to grow.