Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/17/12
In NCAA sports, the name Mack Brown means something. It means Texas. It means Longhorn football. It means pride.

All of these traits of the Mack Brown name are a form of dominance. The numbers alone spell out that dominance (141-39 at Texas, 227-113 all time).

Brown was responsible for great tenures at Tulane and North Carolina. Now in his 15th season at the helm of the Longhorns, Brown is in a situation to see a turn-around from his first "slump" in a good period of time. 

Last season was a step in the right direction for the Orange and White.

With an 8-5 record and a lot of progress on the defensive side of the football, it seemed like Texas was on the road to recovery back atop the Big-12 mountain.

The 8-5 record last year was a big step forward after the season prior. That year, the Horns ended up 5-7. This to date, has been Brown's only losing season in his tenure at Texas.

So with a solid ground built over the course of the offseason, Brown looks to take back command in the Big-12 conference. And it really looks like this could be another season headed in the right direction.

A big gain for Brown and the Longhorns has been Penn State transfer Anthony Fera. This solidifies a place kicking position and puts the special teams unit on the map. And in a conference where field goals win many tight football games, Fera may be the help that is needed.

Defensively the Texas program always breeds hard tackling. A Mack Brown defense is a thing of beauty. Looking at this season this could be the case again. Jackson Jeffcoat (6-5, 245 pounds) and Alex Okafor (6-4, 2465 pounds) make this possibly the best defensive line in the conference, if not the entire nation.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro stuck with the program and passed up the NFL Draft last season as a projected first-rounder, and will complete this squad's defensive assault.

The offense could be the breaking point of this season for Mack Brown. Last season showed a tough struggle between two quarterbacks. Case McCoy (6-2, 200 pounds) who is the younger brother of Cleveland Brown Colt McCoy and David Ash (6-3, 223 pounds) battled back and forth throughout the year to take the snaps.

Both young men showed potential. But they also showed that there is room for improvement. Decision-making for both players plagued the Longhorns with blocked passes and interceptions. This quarterback controversy could be the one issue that keeps Brown and Texas from having a showcase year. The starter is not looking to be named until shortly before the season opener against Wyoming September 1st.

The strength of schedule will play into the hands of the program. Teams like Wyoming, New Mexico, Ole Miss and Kansas give Texas a chance to bolster their points in the BCS polls early on. Some big games against the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders put some great matchups in place.

This will give Brown's team a chance to showcase national talent and could make or break them in the BCS standings. Even a game against old Southwestern conference rival, Texas Christian, could prove to be a good game.

Mack Brown has proven he can put teams in the national spotlight and win key games under pressure. A few football games and the quarterback issues could be about the only possibility of ruining the program's shot at taking home double digit wins this season. So hook em' horns, this has the writing on the wall to be a great season.

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