After a tumultuous second season in which he oversaw one of the worst defenses in Longhorns history, Manny Diaz went to the ends of the earth.
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TEXAS VS. NEW MEXICO STATE
7 p.m. Saturday, LHN, 1300
It’s game week, which means our Longhorns coverage kicks into high gear:
- Complete coverage of Monday’s news conferences
- Longhorns beat writers Randy Riggs and Mark Rosner, along with recruiting writer Dave Behr, chat live at 11 a.m. Tuesday on statesman.com.
- Columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden chat live at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
- Our Sports Extra section on Saturday breaks down the Longhorns-Aggies matchup.
- Our live game chats and Bevo Beat updates Saturday night precede our complete coverage of Texas-New Mexico State on Sunday.
RECENT HORNS’ DEFENSES
How Texas has fared defensively the past three seasons, with Manny Diaz the defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012 and Will Muschamp in 2010:
BREAKING DOWN TEXAS’ DEFENSE: 2012
Where the Horns ranked
Where Texas ranked in the Big 12 and nationally in various statistical categories:
A tale of two halves
Texas’ defense showed marked improvement over its final six games, including the Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State, as compared with the first seven games:
;First 7;Last 6
Red zone TDs;61%;56%
A look at the number of upper- and underclassmen on Texas’ defensive depth charts the past two years and this season. The Longhorns had 16 underclassmen in 2011 and 15 last year but have only nine this season: