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Pivotal Year 3 starts for Texas coach Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong is starting his third year at Texas with the start of spring drills.
Charlie Strong is starting his third year at Texas with the start of spring drills. AP

The Texas Longhorns returned to the practice field for the start of spring workouts Monday, a massively important stretch for coach Charlie Strong as he enters pivotal Year 3.

The Longhorns are 11-14 in Strong’s two seasons and are coming off a disappointing non-bowl season despite upsetting Oklahoma, a 2015 national semifinalist, in the Cotton Bowl.

An end-of-season victory against injury-depleted Baylor offered renewed hope to boost morale and momentum heading into the off-season, but still multiple questions surround Strong and his team: What will the new offense look like? Who will play quarterback? Can the defense rebound from an awful season?

If Texas, which again will face Notre Dame and Cal in non-conference play, can’t significantly increase its win total in 2016, or at least show encouraging progress, Strong will likely have a difficult time making it to Year 4.

To get a feel for how Texas’ players are handling the adversity and preparing for the 2016 season, ESPN gained “all-access” inside the Texas Longhorns’ off-season football workouts.

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