Less than one week into spring football drills, Texas coach Mack Brown said he sees “much more of a team concept right now” than at the same point last spring.
Brown made his comments after a recent workout, when the Longhorns donned pads for the first time during their 15-practice spring session that will conclude with the spring game on Sunday, April 3.
Texas reshaped its staff in the wake of last year’s 5-7 record, Brown’s only losing campaign in 13 years as the Longhorns’ coach, by hiring five new assistants in the off-season. The list includes first-year play callers on offense (Bryan Harsin) and defense (Manny Diaz) for 2011.
In terms of goals for this spring, Brown said he has laid out several for a team he considered guilty of an attitude of “entitlement” in 2010.
“We talked about respect. We talked about toughness. We talked about confidence,” Brown said. “We talked about body language. We’ve got to get our swagger back. We lost it last year, and that’s something that we’re working on daily ...The first thing that has to happen is the guys coming in have to mesh well and have good chemistry with the staff that was here and the coaches that were here. That chemistry is working really well. When that works well, it makes it easier for the team chemistry.”
_ Jimmy Burch