Familiarity will help Horns' defense in 2012 

December, 20, 2011
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AUSTIN, Texas — Manny Diaz refuses to take a step back.

It's just not in his makeup. The Texas defensive coordinator is a full-steam, batten-the-hatches, get-out-of-the-way coach. Luckily for those around him — coaches and players — Diaz has a defense ready to do just that. Because Texas was forced into playing so many young players on defense that meant there were very few redshirts. That, in turn, means Diaz was more hands on with the younger players because they were not littered throughout the scout team.

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Patrick Green/Icon SMIManny Diaz and his aggressive style made the Longhorns one of the best defenses in the Big 12.
“That is the exciting part,” Diaz said. “When we get to the spring, now you are not teaching the ‘what.’ Last year, we had to teach the ‘what.’

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