How much difference can a year make? Looking at a schedule that could have as many as seven losses, Texas Longhorn fans are hoping it's a significant one.
Charlie Strong's goal in his first season as head coach at Texas is to take chronic underachievers and get them performing like the talented players they are. Achieving that alone should yield a much better product on the field, especially from a defense led by Cedric Reed, Quandre Diggs and Malcom Brown.
And with fall camp winding down, Strong seems to have done that. David Ash has had an "unbelievable camp," per the Austin American-Statesman's Cedric Golden, Johnathan Gray is tearing it up and there is even some surprising depth emerging in the secondary.
Texans assistant Tommie Robinson noted Gray's effort, via HornsDigest.com's Chip Brown (and Strong):
Charlie Strong said #Texas RB coach Tommie Robinson said today, "Why can't all our players practice like Johnathan Gray?"
So much of Texas' success this season will depend on Ash's health, but this entire team has been put through the meat grinder since Strong was hired. It will compete in every single game, putting a 9-3 record well within reach.