The Year Of The Longhorns

University of Texas shows potential for the upcoming football season


Sarah Wheeler

U.T. players prepare for kick-off against Notre Dame.

SarahW, Staff Reporter

University of Texas fans are hopeful for the upcoming football season as the team wins against the ranked Notre Dame, 50-47 on Saturday.

Charlie Strong, U.T.’s head football coach, has spent the past two years completely changing the way the longhorn program has run in the past, hoping for a better outcome. Strong has been very successful with his latest recruiting hauls, resulting in top 10 nationally ranked classes. After earning a losing record of 5-7 last year, U.T. strives for a comeback season, and proved this during their first game. In years past, U.T. would show promise and at times hint that it had begun to turn the corner only to slip back into mediocrity.

With Notre Dame scoring within the first few minutes of the game, fans were worried, but U.T. managed to pull ahead to have a 21-14 lead by halftime.

U.T. has a young team, including true freshman quarterback Shane Buechele. Buechele had a successful first game completing 16 out of 26 passes, and was titled Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week. They may be inexperienced but proved that they will put up a fight, going into double overtime against Notre Dame. Eventually, senior Tyrone Swoopes scored a 6 yard rushing touchdown for the win.

U.T.’s potential is bursting at the seams and their next game against the UTEP Miners  will show if they can improve from game to game. Needing to add depth in their defensive line, minimize breakdowns in defensive assignments and learn to capitalize on all the offensive talent that the team provides, they must focus on these weaknesses. However, Saturday has shown that they can still compete with some on the best on college football.