09:31 AM ET 02.24 | In explaining the switch to a turbo-charged offensive pace, Texas coach Mack Brown pointed to Oregon's accomplishments and lauded Oklahoma State. Despite the comparisons, Brown insisted that Texas would still be Texas -- whatever that means. "We don't want to be anybody else. We want to be us," Brown said as spring practice started this week. "And I feel like we can do that." In 15 practices, new offensive play-caller Major Applewhite must implement the system for a pivotal 2013 season. As Longhorns fans know all too well, Texas is 22-16 the last three seasons. With 19 starters returning from a 9-4 team that beat Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl, hope is alive of a return to Big 12 and national contention. Brown has even publicly pointed to 2013 as a year for real progress, although he refused to put any special emphasis on it Thursday.