It's the start of a new era in Austin and the Texas Longhorns are hoping 2014 is the start of the turnaround fans desperately want.
Charlie Strong replaces Mack Brown and he has already put his stamp on a team that hasn't played up to its potential and new coach is trying to fix that. Strong is a no non-sense kind of coach and things that Mack Brown swept under the rug, are not being tolerated now at Texas.
He has already dismissed several players and suspended others from the team. Strong has put others on notice that they are there to work, be disciplined and win.
On offense, the Horns are bring back 5 players, including quarterback David Ash. Ash missed the last part of the 2013 season with concussion-related symptoms but was cleared to practice early in camp and should be good to go for the opener.
Johnathan Gray is also clear after his Achilles injury and he and Malcolm Brown will once again be a powerful combo to stop.
Charlie Strong changing things up in Austin. (Video courtesy of KVUE) KHOU 11 Sports / KVUE
Jaxon Shipley and Kendall Sanders will provide some big play ability once again for the Horns on the outside, but the offensive line only returns one starter in center Dominic Espinosa so they'll have to gel quick.
Defensively, Texas was a laughing stock at the beginning of the year but improved as the season went along. The strength for Texas is its defensive line and it is loaded with upperclassmen. Cedric Reed and Malcom Brown both make their return.
At linebacker, Jordan Hicks is still recovering from a season ending Achilles injury so his return will be key. In the secondary, Quandre Diggs is back and will certainly bring his aggressive style to the back end.
Texas has a date with UCLA at Cowboys Stadium in their third game of the season which won't be easy but they get Baylor at home with their other tough road test coming at Oklahoma State in November.
Texas' 2014 Schedule
08/30 vs. North Texas
08/06 vs. BYU
08/13 vs. UCLA (Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX)
09/27 at Kansas*
10/04 vs. Baylor*
10/11 vs. Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX)*
10/18 vs. Iowa State*
10/25 at Kansas State*
11/01 at Texas Tech*
11/08 vs. West Virginia*
11/15 at Oklahoma State*
11/27 vs. TCU*