While this was supposed to be a measuring-stick season for Texas, that progress can be measured only in baby steps thus far, as the Longhorns still struggle against ranked competition.
Texas was more physical with practice drills that pitted starters against each other on each side of the line and coaches turned up the intensity after a lackluster defensive effort against Baylor.
HornsNation previews each team on the Longhorns' 2012 schedule. Baylor faces Texas after two consecutive wins, but having to replace RGIII.
While the Texas defense was aggressive, its inability to create turnovers was a problem in each of the team's losses.
Safety Adrian Colbert, who had committed to Baylor, switched his pledge Saturday to commit to Texas.
Texas defense has looked dominant at times and extremely vulnerable at others. These inconsistencies will be Manny Diaz's top concern.
A week after a defining win at Texas A&M, Texas was done in by sloppy play and a Heisman contender in the loss to Baylor.
Mack Brown needed Manny Diaz to revamp his defense following the 2010 season, and the defensive coordinator's work has been swift and impressive.
Jaxon Shipley's return from a knee injury hopefully will give Texas' offense better balance and new life.
Baylor's Robert Griffin III isn't the first Heisman contender Texas' defense has faced, but he brings different challenges than the others.