There was a different feeling around Austin this spring.
For the first time in five years, the Texas Longhorns entered spring practices on the heels of a bowl game loss.
Losing to Alabama in the championship game was bad, but many Texas fans will tell you the manner in which their 'Horns lost was the most disturbing part.
The loss of the winningest quarterback in NCAA history five plays into the game was the worst thing that could have happened to Texas, yet the game didn't end with McCoy's departure.
Young Garrett Gilbert took his first meaningful snaps as a collegiate player and made the most of them, rallying Texas to within three points of the Tide after trailing 24-6 heading into the final minutes of the third quarter.
Just when it seemed the Longhorns were finally going to steal the game, it was ripped away in a heartbeat, along with the hopes and dreams of Longhorn Nation.
But Mack Brown will tell you that it's in the past now and that looking forward is the best medicine for treating post-devastating championship game loss syndrome.
The annual Orange-White Spring Scrimmage was held on Easter Sunday and Texas fans were given plenty to look forward to heading into the 2010 campaign.
Garrett Gilbert, just months after being thrown to the dogs in Pasadena, showed some serious progress on Sunday, flashing his shotgun of a right arm.
There was also a running game sighting, an aspect that all but disappeared in the Texas offense last season.
While Texas is likely a front-runner in the Big 12 and National Title races, there are some major holes to fill along the roster (other than the obvious at quarterback).
Here are five players who I believe will play significant roles in 2010 and are definitely worth noting.