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Habe on the ‘Horns: Strong plays it cool as practice opens for crucial campaign

Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said the Longhorns will need three quarterbacks who can play, if called upon, during the upcoming season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said the Longhorns will need three quarterbacks who can play, if called upon, during the upcoming season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — If Texas head coach Charlie Strong is feeling the heat to produce his best season in his third campaign on the 40 Acres, he didn't show it Friday at the Longhorns’ initial press conference for 2016 fall practices.

Strong looked slim and trim and was togged in the obligatory Texas golf shirt, khaki shorts that extended past his knee and tan suede Birkenstocks as he met with reporters. He was loose and happy, even dropping a few quips into the proceedings— nothing like what might be expected from a man who is set to embark on a do-or-die season in which his team will play three teams ranked in the top 19 in the preseason Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll.

“(Strong) can be loose

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 .