Offseason is time for UT to build together 

April, 8, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Orange-White scrimmage is over and now the wait is on for Texas to open the season against New Mexico State on Aug. 31. What needs to take place between now and then for the Longhorns to be ready to start the 2013 football season?

Most things that happen during this time of the year have little to do with the X’s and O’s. Instead this time of the year is about building a team.

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Bigger, stronger and faster

Now is the time of year when strength and conditioning coaches Bennie Wylie and Jeff Madden earn their stripes and help mold the attitude of this team.

To a man, the whole team has to get bigger, stronger and faster. There is bad weight to lose and muscle and strength to gain. In the offseason, players have to gain flexibility, gain core strength and increase their agility.

The young offensive linemen will be on strict diets moving their weight in the right direction.

Build relationships

Teams that play for great coaches win a lot of games. Teams that play for great fan bases usually win a lot of games. Tradition-rich programs usually have the tools to win a lot of games. Teams that play for each other win championships.

If Texas is going to be good in 2013, the members of the team will spend a lot of time together this spring and summer. Quarterback David Ash and his wide receivers will spend a lot of time together. The offensive line will spend a lot of time working out and even having fun away from football.

Building these relationships not only helps players care for each other but it allows them to build trust with each other that transfers to the playing field.

If you believe in the phrase, “Victory comes to those who believe it the most and believe it the longest," the belief is started and nurtured in the relationships built between teammates in the offseason.

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