Habe on the Horns: Gilbert’s offense turns up heat, pace for Longhorns’ offense

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It appears the race for the starting quarterback position is being whittled down to a battle between senior Tyrone Swoopes (above) and true freshman Shane Buechele (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
It appears the race for who gets to guide the Texas Longhorns' offense is being whittled down to a battle between senior Tyrone Swoopes (above) and true freshman Shane Buechele (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns' best chance to win in the big-yardage, high-scoring Big 12 Conference is to turn up the heat and pick up the pace on offense. After a bowl-less 5-7 campaign in 2015 and two straight losing seasons, the team has adopted the latest case of “if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em” to keep up with the haves instead of joining the have-nots.

To those means, Texas coach Charlie Strong brought in new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert to crank up the Longhorns’ attack, which ran an average of 65 plays a game last season — about 20 fewer than the conference’s elite teams (TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State).

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Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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