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July 24, 2013

Big 12 media days notebook

(Continued)

Mack makes news

Hearing from Mack Brown that Texas plans to join the pack and go to an uptempo, fast-break offense is no small thing on many levels.

It means Texas is once again going with a new scheme or approach on at least one side of the ball and it clearly puts more pressure on quarterback David Ash, who’s experienced at this point, but has yet to thrive. Still, the most interesting thing was Brown’s belief that the new approach would help his defense even more than his offense. There’s even merit to his reasoning.

“Last year, I saw … defenses in our league having trouble getting defensive calls in the game because nobody was substituting (because) the ball was being snapped so quickly,” he said. “I also saw that players were getting very tired across our league on defense … We felt like it was  areal disadvantage to our defense that they didn’t get to see tempo at any time during practice.”

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