Coach Brown Embraces Expectations

The Big 12 Media Days have finally come to an end in Dallas today as Texas Head Coach Mack Brown was the last coach to present. Coach Brown embraced the high expectations going into this season and even compared this team to the 2005 team that went undefeated and won the National Championship.

The Texas Longhorns ended last season at 12-1 after a last second loss to Texas Tech that cost them a shot at the Big 12 championship and the national championship. Heading into the 2009 campaign, the expectations are high and Coach Brown embraced those expectations by comparing this team to the 2005 national championship team.

"This year's team is in a position in preseason more like the 2005 team. It's more of a dangerous position, but, at the same time, you feel like that because the expectations are much higher, the 2005 team lived up to those expectations. They stepped up. They played well. They played well throughout the season," Coach Brown said.

He continued, "Thought being that this year's team will have to live up to the same expectations. They're going to have to play very well. They're going to have to play a very high standard each week. So we feel like that if this team will play up to their ability, they do have a chance to be really good. That's obviously our goal."

Brown did point to two areas that are concerning about this team.

"We have some youth on the defensive line," Brown said. "We feel like we've got enough talent there. We just feel like they've got to grow up, and we've got to do a great job coaching. I would say that position right now is similar to where our secondary was last year at this time. It's a huge question mark, not on talent, but on experience."

Brown also pointed to the running back position.

"We still have question marks separating our running backs and trying to figure out how to do that," said Brown.

Interestingly, the head man was not as concerned about tight end even with last week's announcement that Blain Irby will not play at all this season.

"We feel like we have a chance to be good at tight end, but we also have to reevaluate what we're doing with the strength of our wideouts and see if we'll need four wideouts in the game as well," Brow said. Brown specifically mentioned D.J. Grant at that position.

Coach Brown is very pleased with Colt McCoy's attitude and approach heading into his senior year.

"I do think Colt can improve, and just listening to him and watching him. He studied film so much to see every little glitch like he felt he had last year. He and Greg Davis have studied so hard that I really feel he's looking forward to trying to be better than last year. Obviously, the only thing Colt wants is to be one second better," Brown said referring to last year's loss at Texas Tech with one second remaining on the clock.

Texas kicks off its season at 6 pm Central at home versus Louisiana-Monroe.

A full transcript of Coach Brown's media day appearance is available here.

Burnt Orange Beat notes from the press conference are available here.

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