College football starts in two weeks - and Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown is ready.
“People have asked, 'Do you have a chance to win all the games?' We do,” Brown said at a news conference today.
“It doesn’t mean that we are going to. I have said it in here before, we’ve got to shut up and play, shut up and coach. But we are at least at a point now where every week that we line up, I think as the head coach, we have a good chance to win.”
As Brown launches another year with the Longhorns, he said the coming season’s success would be dependent on starting quarterback David Ash and a stronger defense.
“It was really strange. I thought the defense played really well in pre-season last year and seemed to get worse once the season started,” Brown said.
Brown added that the team has been training at a faster clip.
“During our first scrimmage, our defense played against the run better than at any time I saw last year,” he added.
Brown also mentioned increased scrutiny on athletes making money at the college level - as Texas A&M’s Heisman winning QB Johnny Manziel has recently been accused of.
“When you go through Ricky Williams, Vince Young and Colt McCoy, Cedrick Benson, Derek Johnson and as many guys as we’ve had go to All Star games, it’s a constant concern and issue,” Brown said. “We monitor it very carefully. It’s real. It’s an issue everywhere.”
The Horns will kick off the season playing against New Mexico State University Aug 31.