Ideally a team pretty much knows who they are going into fall camp. If you read my recent piece on Gary Patterson’s defensive development at TCU, you’ll notice that he goes into fall camp with gameplans for every opponent and his goal that fall is more about installing them than experimenting to sort out what will work. The spring is for figuring out who your team will be that season, the fall is for instilling a strategy to maximize that team’s strengths in the coming year.
But of course, there are always developments in fall camp and sometimes even big ones that can alter the course of a season. Texas discovered that John Harris was going to be not only a starter but a featured weapon during the fall camp of 2014 and he led all skill players that year with 1051 (receiving) yards. The staff already knows going into this fall who most of the key players are going to be but there are also a few X-factors that could emerge that would have a big impact on the coming season.