Texas coach Mack Brown begins his 16th season with the Longhorns and he knows the pressure is on.
In the past three seasons Texas is 22-16. The Longhorns lost just 16 games combined in the previous nine seasons and won at least 10 games each year from 2001 to 2009, including a national championship in 2005.
But Brown exuded unbridled optimism last week during the Big 12 media days, declaring that quarterback David Ash is a different leader after helping orchestrate a comeback win over Oregon State in last season’s Alamo Bowl.
The Longhorns return 19 of 22 starters and Brown expects that experience to translate into a rebound season for his program.
“They understand that nine’s not what we want to win at Texas, and they’re very excited to get started,” he said. “We’ll have more experience. We’ll have more depth. The leadership is much better than it’s been over the past couple of years because the guys are older.”
Here are excerpts from Brown’s two-hour wide-ranging session at last week’s media days: