DALLAS — Texas has been late to the party in the evolving up-tempo offense in the Big 12 Conference.
But it’s better to be late than never.
Longhorn coach Mack Brown — whose offense averaged around 60 plays per game last year, with only Kansas State running fewer plays — said it’s not a complete overhaul of the offense. It’s just simply a change of pace for a group that averaged 416 yards per game in 2012.
“We didn’t change the names of the plays. We didn’t change the plays as such when major took over, and we’ve gone up tempo,” Brown said. “But Major (Applewhite) and Darrell Wyatt still have the same things in place. We’re just going at a much faster tempo. We want to go even faster than we did this spring.”
Brown is comfortable with making the change due to the talent the Longhorns have. Long considered one of the most athletic and talented teams in the country — thanks to the countless Texas players at its disposal — Texas will now take advantage of those athletes.
“We’re a faster team. We’re an older team. We should be a mature offense,” Brown said. “Two years ago our offense wasn’t very good. Last year, at times, they were really good. ...
“When you’re happy to win a game 56-50, things have changed. I mean, it’s just a different deal. You walk out mad at your defense or happy with your offense. You walk out happy you won, and that’s it — or you lose a game 48-45. “
Brown said the institution of the up-tempo offense into the UT program has also had its benefits with the defense, which returns most of its starters from a year ago when the defense gave up an average of 404 yards per game — ranked 67th in the country.