The start of the 2013 college football season is still some five months away, but the work done in the spring can strongly influence how the fall may play out.
Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns enter a critical season for their program, one that figures to have huge implications whether the 'Horns experience success or not.
Texas' 18 returning starters, coupled with a number of young players who saw significant time last season, should create some optimism moving into next season. But with a transition back to a spread offense, will the buzz outweigh the eventual production?
The Longhorns maintain great speed at the skill positions, an asset that should translate into an explosive offense. Defensively, the pieces are coming together, but who will take the next steps?
In 2012, Johnathan Gray may have been the only player to exceed expectations, a scenario that will have to be realized multiple times over in 2013 for the 'Horns to get back into the BCS picture.