Five Things to Watch For in Longhorns Spring Game

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Mar 30, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; General view of Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For college football fans who are anxious to get a glimpse of their favorite team and players before the fall, one of the most exciting days during the off season is the day of the spring game.

The Texas Longhorns spring game will be held this Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at DKR, and fans are eager to see what the second off-season with Charlie Strong and his coaching staff (which includes a of new coaches) have been able to do.

While these games aren’t exactly a perfect indicator of how good or bad the team will be come September, it at least gives fans a sneak peak at the progress (or in some cases the lack of progress) that the team as a whole and the individual players  have made.

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Which younger players will step up and take over for those who’ve moved on?

Which underclassmen have proven that they’re ready to prove themselves?

Have the early enrollees and transfers, who are taking part in their first spring with the Longhorns, lived up to expectations?

Texas fans are eager to get the rotten taste of the season’s end out of their mouths and find some signs of hope that the Longhorns will be much improved this coming season. Like most college football fans who tend to overreact based upon one glorified (albeit important) scrimmage, the spring game will either fill them with a sense of excitement or a sense of gloom.

Here are five specific things to keep an eye on in this year’s spring game. If fans can see improvement or reasons for optimism in these five areas, they can feel good about the Horns as they head into the summer and fall.

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