The best of both worlds

Longhorns can go back to successful spread attack and still play physical

Updated: January 13, 2013, 11:03 PM ET
By Sean Adams | HornsNation
Texas coach Mack Brown wants to run the ball. He has told anyone who will listen that very thing. He has talked about wanting to be more like a Southeastern Conference team. The SEC is physical with NFL-type players at every position. He has hired an offensive line coach, a defensive tackles coach and three defensive coordinators from the SEC. Major Applewhite was a play-caller in the SEC for Nick Saban at Alabama.

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John Albright/Icon SMIDavid Ash has the running ability necessary to execute the zone-read option that Texas has had so much success with in the past.
When I sat down with Brown last summer and discussed the 2009 season he said, "We could beat Colorado 38-12 and not make third down-and-2 and not worry about it. It was driving me crazy." Brown went on to say, "I knew we couldn't beat Alabama if we couldn't make third down-and-2. I wasn't worried about beating Colorado. I was worried about beating Alabama."

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