Texas Longhorns: Five Questions for Spring Football (Offense)

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Aug 30, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns run on to the field before the game against the North Texas Mean Green at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns finished last season on a bad note, losing their final two games of the season, including a bowl loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks in which the Horns managed to post their lowest offensive output in school history.

But for college football fans everywhere, hope springs eternal, and with the beginning of spring football come new expectations.

To say that the Longhorns struggled offensive the majority of last season would be a huge understatement.

Fans, often known for being completely irrational when it comes to their beloved teams, were already beginning to question Strong’s hiring of offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and calling for Tyrone Swoopes to move to tight end.

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However, the coaching staff seems to have responded to last season’s offensive concerns and appears to be in the process of making the necessary adjustments.

First and foremost, Strong brought in some new offensive coaches, including former Oklahoma Sooners position coach Jay Norvell as the Longhorns’ new receivers coach as well as former high school coach Jeff Traylor to take over the tight ends.

Additionally, Charlie Strong has told the media during this off-season that he hopes to move to a more up-tempo offense, with more zone read and spread options next year. Many believe that the staff’s goal is to mimic the offense that the Ohio State Buckeyes run, which focuses on fielding both a strong running game and a potent passing attack.

Do the Longhorns have the talent already on campus to implement such an offense?

As the Longhorns prepare to begin spring practice this Wednesday, here are five major questions that Texas coaches (not to mention fans) need to be answered in regards to the offensive side of the ball; otherwise, it’s going to be a long, long off-season.

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