Making the change from Todd Orlando’s system to Chris Ash’s system means adding an additional defensive lineman and getting those linemen to attack gaps and maximize their physical abilities to put pressure on the quarterback. In a normal year, Texas would have been able to install the defense during spring practice, but missing the entire spring season forced them to bring in the new system while preparing for the season.

One advantage for Texas as they switch the front is to lean on one of the most experienced and talented position groups they have. Three of the four likely starters for this year have double-digit starts from a year ago, including Graham, sophomore nose tackle Keondre Coburn and 2019’s leading tackler Joseph Ossai, now playing Ash’s hybrid Jack linebacker position.

“All I can say is that we might feel a little bit behind when it comes to learning defense,” senior defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham said at the conclusion of the second week of camp. “But I feel like everyone’s picking it up pretty fast and we’re going to be pretty good.”

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