Texas Football: Why Turnovers Are Key to the Defensive Turnaround

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Texas Football: Why Turnovers Are Key to the Defensive Turnaround
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Manny Diaz's defense needs to force more turnovers in 2013.

The Texas Longhorns need more turnovers in 2013. At least on defense, where forcing more of them will be a key factor in the team's defensive turnaround.

Darrell Royal put it best when he said, "Luck doesn't go around looking for a stumblebum." In the case of forcing turnovers, that is pretty dead on.

Forcing turnovers is as much about making a spectacular play as it is being in the right place at the right time. It may seem like luck, but it is really the result of each individual defender doing what they were supposed to do.

That is why Texas went from 26 forced turnovers in 2011 in 21 in 2012, mostly because they recovered eight fewer fumbles. The linebackers' struggles, as B/R's Lisa Horne put it, threw the rest of the defense out of whack, and the team's proficiency at forcing turnovers suffered.

Now the linebackers, and the rest of the defense, have taken their licks and it is time to get back to forcing mistakes at a higher rate. Not only will it be imperative in the shootouts and on the days when the offense is struggling, but it will also give a boost to Major Applewhite's hurry-up attack. 

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