In the Big 12, offense rules the day and Texas is finally starting to catch up.

Head coach Mack Brown and his offensive coaching staffs have installed an up-tempo feel which will give starting quarterback David Ash the flexibility he needs to make plays. The Longhorns are returning 10 starters on offense, including every member of the offensive line.

There may not be a better group of running backs in the conference, as the Horns will once again be led by Jonathan Gray, who ran for 701 yards and 3 touchdowns last year.

But, as usually is the case with Texas, the key will be the quarterback play and that means Ash will have to continue getting better. He is 10-3 in the last 13 starts and finally starting getting the confidence he needs to win consistently at Texas.

The defense returns 9 starters and should have way more experience than the group that ranked 72nd nationally in scoring defense. They were 90th against the run so that is obviously an area they will have to improve on.

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz caught a lot of heat for the performance of his group last year but Brown says speeding up the offense will in turn help the defense prepare for the quickness of the Big 12. At least, that s what they hope happens.

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