Inside the Gameplan: Sophomore secondary

Texas’ big adjustment on defense in 2018 was somewhat unexpected. The 2017 season was defined by the formation of the “lightning package” and playing with six defensive backs moving around to create the “dirty dime” effect that often clouded both the Texas cornerbacks (bringing them into the run support) and the opposing QB’s reads as they tried to make sense of it all.

A chance to put numbers on the wall

During one of the Longhorns' early offseason workouts, strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight paused to speak to the team. He pointed to the southeast portion of the stadium, where Texas displays its three Big 12 Championships. “Take a look at where it’s at,” freshman Caden Sterns said Tuesday of the message from McKnight. “He said we need to put more up there.”

Trusting each other a two-way street in Austin

AUSTIN -- Eleven months ago, Texas head coach Tom Herman walked off the team bus to enter Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth with a baseball bat in hand. The message in Fort Worth was to keep swinging, that is, keep believing in the way Herman’s staff was trying to set up the program. The Longhorns lost to TCU that night, but there was a little reward at the end of the year as a result of that continued swinging, a bowl victory in the Texas Bowl.