In less than 24 hours, the Texas Longhorns will take the field for the first time in eight months. And it signifies the start of their quest to re-announce themselves as one of college football's top programs.
The personnel in 2013 is not so different from 2012, but the biggest change under the hood has to be Major Applewhite sliding into the play-calling role as Bryan Harsin made the jump to head coach at Arkansas State. Applewhite handled the offense in Texas' Alamo Bowl win, and the results have had Texas fans wondering what will become of their offense this season.
The Longhorns return every starter on offense, meaning comfort and chemistry will be at its highest point of the past three seasons.
With junior quarterback David Ash running the show with more apparent confidence and maturity, the Longhorns appear to be in good hands with the type of talent surrounding the Texas signal-caller. We will know exactly what works and what doesn't early on, and it would behoove Applewhite to take advantage of the potential mismatches that he will be able to field.