DALLAS — “What I do think is that last year our defense was at a disadvantage in this league because we had trouble preparing for tempo by not seeing it every day in practice,” Brown said. “... So we felt like it was very, very important for us to make sure our defensive coaches and our players got to practice every day against what they were trying to prepare for on Saturday because, if you haven’t seen the tempo offense on a regular basis, it’s a very difficult thing to do, and I do think something that’s really changed.”
The defense ranked fifth in conference play with 440 yards and was last in rushing defense, giving up 215 yards a game. And the defensive players share the same belief as their coach — that facing the faster offense on a daily basis will benefit them during the conference season.
“That helps. Almost every team in the Big 12 does the tempo offenses, so it helps us be conditioned for it,” said Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. “It helps us analyze offenses quickly, get our reads before the snap and just learn how to do it on a daily basis.”
The man that will be running the show for the Longhorn offense, David Ash, wasn’t very chatty about the change to the up-tempo offense.
“It’s been an adjustment, but it’s been enjoyable,” said Ash, who has had his ability to lead the offense in question over the years. “I’m really glad that’s the direction we’re going. It’s going to benefit us a lot.”