ESPN’s Travis Haney selected the Texas Longhorns as his top bounce-back team for 2012. Last month The Saturday Edge published several articles including Big 12 Football: Most Improved & Overrated Teams, and Texas is Phil Steele’s No.1 surprise team of 2012, suggesting the Longhorns were definitely a team ready to rebound in 2012.
As Haney points out in his article, it wasn’t that long ago that the Longhorns played in the 2010 BCS Championship Game. And, to some, they don’t feel all that far off now from another title — even with six total Big 12 wins the past two seasons — when their wealth of talent and settling-in, on-the-rise coordinators are considered.
“We know what they’re signing every year,” an in-state coach said. “The players are there. It’s not like anyone expected them to stay down long. We hoped, but we never expected it.”
Haney goes on to say that if the line and quarterback play have improved this fall, the Longhorns can compete for championships. Coach Mack Brown hints at the QB questions when he has said he is good with the SEC model of winning with defense and hard-nosed running.
All but one offensive lineman returns and according to Phil Steele, Texas will get a “big upgrade on offense with my No. 4 set of running backs, No. 11 receivers and No. 8 offensive line and they will get the best QB play since Colt McCoy left after 2009.”
With a top 10 defense, starters back at every offensive line spot but one, a potential first team All-Conference running back in Malcolm Brown and a more experienced and confident David Ash at Quarterback, Texas is poised to do some damage in 2012.
So what do you think? Does Texas have the player and coaching personnel in place to “bounce-back” in 2012 and maybe even make a run at the Big 12 Championship?