Last Saturday, Texas suffered a 40-21 blowout loss to BYU. The Longhorns gave up a record 550 rush yards, 259 of which came from Cougar quarterback Taysom Hill. Following the loss, Texas head coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Former Texas co-defensive coordinator Greg Robinson will replace Diaz. Robinson has already begun studying the Texas playbook and defensive schemes in preparation for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. “Brown just needs to see progress, and the veteran leaders of his defense are ready to get to work…once they get their game plan,” according to Max Olson in his ESPN article. This move by Brown marks the first time in his career at Texas that he’s made a coaching change during the season. Perhaps something new is exactly what the Longhorns need to rise back to the top of the Big 12 and regain some national spotlight.
Also, Texas announced yesterday that running back Daje Johnson will be out against Ole Miss due to a sprained left ankle. Johnson was injured on the Longhorns’ first possession against BYU, but was responsible for 133 total yards and 2 touchdowns at running back and wide receiver. There’s also uncertainty as to whether or not quarterback David Ash will be available to start on Saturday. He left in the fourth-quarter against BYU with head and right shoulder injuries. If Ash is unavailable, Brown said senior Case McCoy will start and true freshman Tyron Swoopes would be the backup. McCoy completed 50% of his passes and threw for 62 yards after filling in for Ash against BYU. If McCoy gets the starting nod and performs well, Texas might have to reconsider its QB depth chart when Ash returns.