The 2011 Texas Longhorns season is one that could be considered a partial success but not a complete failure; both observations at the very same time. There were low expectations to start the season, but with some early wins and surprises, the expectations grew with the alumni and fans throughout the start of the season.
Four straight wins and suddenly everyone was thinking a great season was ahead. Then they suffered two tragic losses then two more crushing defeats and then a win and a loss was how the season went. To call it a roller coaster would be an understatement, but while there were “What the heck” moments, there were plenty of things to look at and be excited about. It seemed at times they lost total concentration and then the next game they would play like conference champions. I guess the best word to describe their performance for 2011 is inconsistency.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot to be concerned about and question during this season, but there is plenty to look forward to about 2012. Obviously ending the season on a high note victory in the bowl game was one of the major plusses. For some fans, just making a bowl game was reason to be happy. I can’t say it didn’t make me happy…it did!
The only confusing thing that didn’t make a lot of sense was the fact that the coaching staff tried to float with two quarterbacks. I would hope and pray that Mack and his staff would realize that the dual quarterback system never works. Apparently they didn’t and once they tried to stick with one, they couldn’t do it for more than a couple games at best. Hopefully during the spring they can decide on one solid choice and plan to ride with that choice for the whole season…but I digress.
While this season was better than some expected, and probably worse than some wanted, all I can say is, we ended with a victory and have some positive momentum built up going into 2012. There is a lot of youth and untapped talent returning next season, and a lot of the youngsters received valuable playing time this season. So there is some positive outlook for 2012. It also appears they will have a banner recruiting class with a lot to look forward to from their freshmen coming in.
In a few short weeks, there will be recruiting excitement with signing day and then spring camp. At that point the 2011 season will be but a memory. Thank God! Here’s to looking forward to 2012, Hook ‘em Horns!