The Longhorns return nine starters on defense but the two they lose were their most important players in 2012. Here's an early defensive depth chart for Texas in 2013.
After a shaky performance in the spring game, the Texas Longhorns' defense does not have to be great, but it has to be fundamentally sound, tackle well and not give up the big play.
The first test is at 6 a.m today. That's when Texas coaches will find out who did what during the 10-day break and who is capable of doing what during the next seven practices.
As the Texas Longhorns take a weeklong break in the middle of spring practice, here's an update on position battles.
There's no hiding that Texas' defense was downright awful in 2012. Once the Longhorns admit it, they can go about fixing the problem.
What didn't kill Texas made it stronger. That's apparently what the Longhorns' defense believes, as an increase in pride has allowed its play to improve tremendously.
Through the first half of the season, the Texas is defense is ranked No. 99 in the country. It's a big slide for what was thought as one of the most talented corps before the season.
Since the Red River Rivalry has involved Mack Brown and Bob Stoops, the team with the most rushing yards has almost always won. That could be a problem for Texas, which is ninth in rushing defense in the Big 12.
Underclassman Desmond Jackson has set the mark in toughening up Texas' defensive line, which is finally showing signs of the strength necessary to survive in the Big 12.
Did Texas QB David Ash light the stat book on fire against Wyoming? No, but he moved the chains, protected the ball and, most importantly, got a win.
How great can Texas' defense be in 2012? The Longhorns think they can be the best in the nation and are ready to prove it.
Handing out the hardware for 2011's top defensive performances.
In 2012, Texas will have a deep defensive line but will have to replace two starting linebackers and two experienced safeties.