Oct 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Alex Ross (28) returns a first quarter kickoff for a touchdown against Texas Longhorns kicker Nick Rose (23) during the Red River showdown at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
3. Special Teams can’t get much worse, but have they gotten any better?
Needless to say, the Longhorns special teams unit was a major team weakness last season. The kickers were inconsistent, the coverage was poor, and the return game was safe, but non-existent.
Charlie Strong recognized this as a major concern, and during the off-season he hired Jeff Traylor to come in and oversee special teams. Though each coach has control of a different unit, Traylor is in charge of the group as a whole.
Has it made a difference?
Special teams is the most underrated group on any team, and their value cannot be overstated. Texas fans have taken this for granted in the past, but will the Longhorns be able to rely on them this season?
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