Since the end of the 2007 season, many in Longhorn nation said and thought that 2009 would be the year that the Longhorns won the national championship. With a successful 12-1 season in which the Longhorns almost tasted perfection, expectations will be even higher as this team prepares to do battle with the nations best.
After his past three years as the Longhorns starter, McCoy has rewritten almost every single quarterback record, he is the winningest QB in school history, and was the Heisman runner up last year, but anything less than perfection and that national title will make his legacy at Texas, a disapointment.
These Longhorns are his to lead either towards success and a place in history forever, or to be remembered as yet another Longhorn team that couldn't quite reach the stars.
The defense this year will be lead by senior Sergio Kindle, who will play multiple positions in the defense this year. The coaches have already made it known that it will be his job to get to the quarterback at all cost, and after a great spring showing, it looks like he'll be able to do just that.
A strength in the defense this year perhaps since Micheal Huff roamed the field will be the secondary.
Key returners will be Blake Gideon, he of the famed dropped pick against Tech, and Earl Thomas, both sophomores, but after a meager showing of just six Interceptions last year, this secondary looks to bounce back in a big way under second year defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp.
Muschamp, the head coach in waiting, is under pressure this year to produce big numbers, especially after his pay went up to $900,00. At LSU and Auburn, at the end of his second year at each school, his defense was ranked number one in the country, and the same is expected at Texas.
With a year at Texas under his belt, Muschamp should be right at home this year. We already glimpsed some of the ferocity that this years defense will have after two picks in the spring game, though Kindle sat out the spring game, out of injury risk.
An exciting battle to watch unfold this year is the one between the running backs. Last year, it was run by committee with no one player shining over the other. This year, the early favorite was Cody Johnson, but now the position is once again in dispute after Whittaker and McGee both had excellent springs.
Head coach Mack Brown is also ready to try out the Longhorns big bruiser recruit, Chris Whaley, the kind of running back that Texas was accustomed to recruiting in the late '90s.
He should and is expected to follow the mold of players like Ricky Williams, and Cedric Benson. For the first time in years, Texas did not have a running back top 1,000 yards in '08 so the running game is expected to produce big time this year.
With a new college football season in the distance, these Texas Longhorns are ready to go to work, and win games. They are ready to lay down to rest the demons of inconsistancy that has plauged this team for the past three years, and bring the National Championship back home to Texas.