After ranking 92nd in total offense (370.8 ypg) last season, Texas brought in 37-year-old
. Gilbert worked under current Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and last year served as co-OC under Tulsa's Philip Montgomery. Texas head coach Charlie Strong noted that successfully running the football will be paramount; something that the Longhorns did to varying degrees of success (224.8 ypg) in 2015.
“I’ve always said this, ‘If you’re going to be a good football team, you’re going to have to run the football,’” Strong said. “If you’re going to be a good football team and you’re going to be physical, you have to oppose your will. You have to be two-dimensional.”
“It’s not one of those things where we’re going to throw it all over the ballpark,” Strong said. You may get into a shootout game, but it’s not like it’ll be 60-53 each week. We’re going to run the ball and we’re going to do it.”