2013 Record: 8-5 (7-2)
Bowl Result: 7-30 Loss vs. Oregon
Offensive Returning Starters: 6
Defensive Returning Starters: 7
Reasons to be Optimistic
Texas brings in a new head coach with former Louisville head man Charlie Strong and with a new face leading the program there is reason to be hopeful. Charlie Strong has had tremendous success since leaving Florida to take the head coaching gig in Louisville and he seems to have the mindset needed to be the head coach of a top 5 program.
Texas returns most of their playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. RB Malcolm Brown was great last season and he along with his backups Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron will be back. WR is also in good shape with Kendall Sanders and Jaxon Shipley returning.
The defense got better as the season went along in 2013 and this underperforming unit returns enough talent to be solid in 2014. The defense will likely be great in run defense with 6 of their front 7 starters returning.
Reasons to be Pessimistic
QB was an area of weakness for Texas last season and it will at least be a question mark coming into the 2014 season. David Ash has had concussion issues and every time he takes a hit he is liable to go down for the rest of the season. Unproven guys like Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes could challenge for the starting job.
The O-line returns only 2 guys who are on the right side of the line, so whoever is QB is going to have to be aware that the heat could be coming early in the season from the left side.
The secondary loses some talent with Adrian Phillips and Carrinton Byndom leaving, but this unit should be able to build around Quandre Diggs.
Prediction: Strong hasn't had this type of talent to work with since his days at Florida and it will be interesting to see if he is able to get more out of these guys than Mack Brown was able to. I have confidence that Strong will be able to form a top notch defense out of this group of guys, but question marks at the QB position could hold the offense and the team back. With Ash is unable to go it could be a disappointing first season for Strong.
Record: 8-4 (6-3)