However, this offseason the tone was set from the beginning. Create more turnovers.
Last season's 16 total turnovers ranked 104th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. It also ranked last in the Big 12.
Coach Mack Brown discussed it heading into the spring camp as an area of focus.
"What me, Will and our defense wants are more turnovers. It's just amazing we couldn't get interceptions and the ball would be on the ground and we didn't get on it. It's probably as few turnovers as we've had since we've been here when we played such great defense," Brown said.
Brown is correct. Sixteen total turnovers is the lowest in his time at Texas. In Brown's first season, the Longhorns created 21 turnovers, the lowest output before 2008. For the last ten seasons, including last season, the Texas defense averaged forcing 28.3 turnovers per year.
Earlier in camp, senior linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy reiterated the defense's focus.
Muckelroy said, "The main thing is turnovers. Coach Muschamp preaches to us about forcing turnovers and it's just one of those things you have to practice."
Redshirt sophomore Earl Thomas, who dropped several interceptions last season, has spent a lot of the offseason working on ball drills.
"We're going to try to get as many as we can, as many as we get our hands on. We've been working real hard on that in the summer, doing different ball drills and just working on grip and doing everything we can to help this team."
This camp the defense has focused on creating at least three turnovers per practice. And that is the standard for the season as well.
"We preach turnovers everyday. As a defense, it is our goal to get three turnovers a day," Muckelroy said yesterday as camp nears its conclusion. "We are working on turnovers this year. We are working on getting the ball out. We are working on catching those interceptions. It's going to be fun."
"We preach three turnovers a day and we are trying to get three turnovers in a game," Muckleroy concluded.
If the team meets their goal, that would be 36 turnovers during the regular season. If 36 is reached, the bowl game has a very good chance to be the National Championship Game.
Create more turnovers. Rinse. Repeat.