Defense, it is said, wins championships.
The Texas Longhorns, who fielded their worst statistical defense in their program's history, will have plenty of fixes to implement this season as they vie for a Big 12 Title. But the issues stemming from a curious 2012 season will have undoubtedly lingered into the current year.
Injuries to key players left Texas' defense very inexperienced at critical positions, and their absence stymied the group's true potential under defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
Diaz, now in his third year in Austin, is on the hot seat and will have to have his defense improve tremendously if the Longhorns are to have a chance at a conference championship.
Texas returns eight starters on defense, but very few provide the kind of consistent playmaking ability that Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor offered up.
We investigated the offense earlier in the week. Now it is time to look which players have the most to prove on a Texas defense that simply has to be better.