By Darnell Pointer
The Texas Longhorns looks to bring back their winning ways after finishing the past three seasons with a losing record.
The firing of Charlie Strong was the first step of the rebuilding process after losing to Kansas last year. He was replaced with former Houston coach Tom Herman, who was 22-4 with the Cougars.
As of now, Herman has not named a starting quarterback but it’s assumed sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele will take the starting job. Buechele had a great freshman year, completing 60 percent of his passes, recording 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The void the Longhorns need to fill at running back with the loss of Doak Walker Award winner D’Onta Foreman, who is now playing in the NFL. Foreman led the Big 12 in rushing, averaging 184 yards per game and tallying 2,028 yards last season. The return of Chris Warren III should mitigate Foreman’s loss, as Warren averaged 5.9 yards per carry last season.
One of the key reasons Texas has lost its winning ways is because of its defense. The Longhorns were ranked No.7 in the Big 12 in total defense, giving up 448 yards per game. Texas hopes the 10 returning defensive starters can adjust to the new defensive scheme to help put Texas back on the map.
Herman brought the hype to Austin, which landed the Longhorns at No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. Texas’ road to success will not be easy. The Longhorns will play five opponents in the top 25 with their first major battle against No. 4 USC on Sept. 16.
Sept. 2: Maryland, 11 a.m.
Sept. 9: San Jose State, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28: at Iowa State, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7: Kansas State
Oct. 14: Oklahoma
Oct. 21: Oklahoma State
Oct. 28: at Baylor
Nov. 4: at TCU
Nov. 11: Kansas, 5 p.m.
Nov. 18: at West Virginia
Nov. 24: Texas Tech, 7 p.m.