Texas Longhorns: 60numbers2012

60 days, 60 stats: No. 1 

August, 2, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

It’s been nearly four years since Texas held the No. 1 ranking.

It figures to be at least one more. The Longhorns, however improved one might think they have become over the offseason, still face longs odds to becoming the top team in all the land.

60 days, 60 stats: No. 2 

August, 1, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Bob Stoops believes his defense has lost some pop.

“… The last couple of years, for whatever reason -- and we've really looked at it -- that our defense hasn't been quite as strong as what we've been used to in our first 10, 12 years,” Stoops said.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 3 

July, 31, 2012
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The Texas defense didn’t know where it was going or when it had to be there at the start of 2011.

The results were big runs allowed at the start of the season, culminating in a 64 yards allowed against Oklahoma and 74 yards against Oklahoma State. Eventually, the defense stiffened. The level of competition might have had something to do with that, but so too, most assuredly, was the level of competence attained by the players with defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s scheme.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 4 

July, 30, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz makes no secret that his mission in coaching is to get his guys into the opponent’s backfield.

The constant harassment, he figures, is the best way to force a quarterback into a bad decision. To do that, Diaz has more than 100 blitz packages that he can deploy. Those packages employ just about every available player on his defense.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 5 

July, 29, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Usually it is best when a football team scores early and often.

Texas did neither in 2011. In fact, the Longhorns only managed to outscore their opponents by five points in the first quarter of games. In addition, the first quarter was Texas’ lowest scoring quarter of the four.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 6 

July, 28, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Joe Bergeron did the bulk of his work against the worst teams in the Big 12 -- Kansas and Texas Tech.

It was in those games, before an injury significantly affected his stats down the stretch, that Bergeron made coaches and fans take notice and whisper that perhaps he, not Malcolm Brown, was the better of the two backs.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 7 

July, 27, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

OK, so this one is not exactly a stat. But it is number. And it is number Texas fans might want to watch. That number is seven, as in the number across the back of freshman Connor Brewer.

Inside the number

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 8 

July, 26, 2012
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Odds are David Ash is going to equal or surpass his interception total of eight from 2011.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to be a bad quarterback in 2012. It’s just that Ash should be afforded many more opportunities to throw this season than last.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 9 

July, 25, 2012
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Mack Brown typically doesn't debate too long or too hard about going for it on fourth down.

OK, yeah, Missouri in 2011 was an exception. The reason for that was Texas was having an exceptionally bad day and Brown thought the defense had a better chance to score than the offense.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 10 

July, 24, 2012
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Consistency has been Mack Brown's undoing.

Year after year, season after season, Brown and his Texas teams were rolling up double-digit win totals. Fans became sated, alums happy and the coaching staff, by its own admission, complacent. That led to two seasons when the win totals dipped below double digits and really below par according to the standards that had been set. The unrest was heard from panhandle to the piney woods

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 11 

July, 23, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Statistically, Texas had the 11th best defense in 2011.

Inside the number

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 12 

July, 22, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Texas wants to be more efficient in its passing game in 2012.

That means short routes, dump passes, screens and the like. It also means that receivers will have to work harder to average the same number of yards they did per catch in 2011.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 13 

July, 21, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

It’s true, Texas didn’t throw too many touchdown passes in 2011. Sixteen in all and only 12 of those came from the quarterbacks.

Inside the number

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 14 

July, 20, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Alex Okafor’s name already dots awards and watch lists.

The senior is expected to be a force on the Texas defensive line. In fact, he is expected to be the major force in the Big 12. That’s why he was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

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60 days, 60 stats: No. 15 

July, 19, 2012
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Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 2, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.

Texas had five players account for 16 touchdown passes in 2011.

Three of those players were responsible for 15 interceptions.

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