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  1. funny enough, a friend of mine and I were recently talking about trying to find a place to get a croque monsieur. Never had one before. Thanks dude!
  2. There are rumblings that OC Bryan Harsin is recruiting a QB to transfer to Texas. His name is Tanner McEvoy and he played at Arizona Western Community College. He was once a 3-star commit to South Carolina but transfered before this past season (his red shirt freshman season - he red shirted 2011) started because he was buried on the depth chart. Standing at 6'5", the kid was an interesting prospect out of New Jersey. He started just 1 year in high school, his senior year. "Tanner McEvoy threw for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 1,196 yards and 14 scores during his senior season at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J." - Tanner McEvoy Profile - South Carolina Official Athletic Site If I have these stats correct, in 7 games at Western Arizona Community College, Tanner McEvoy completed 106 of 158 passes for 1,568 yards, 21 TD's, and 3 Int's. *The first game of the season he completed 3 of 5 passes for 17 yards and 1 TD - must not have played that much. - Tanner McEvoy | #14 | QB | Arizona Western College - NJCAA Stats I'm a fan of this move. Texas is still looking for a solid option under center and I'm a fan of bringing in anyone they can get while performing another QB competition this off-season. From looking at stats alone he seems like he is a pocket passer but can scramble if need be. But that is still to be determined. Hook'em.
  3. After seeing the players so far would you take Andrew Luck or RGIII? I'd still go with Luck. His ability to shake off bad plays and come back and succeed in games is that of a super bowl winner. He also has elevated the worst team in football to a possible playoff team. And he's a rookie playing on a team that is not loaded with talent. RGIII is still a great rookie QB. He's shown his athletic ability just like he was expected by those who thought he could be a monster at QB. But IMO Luck still has the edge, and it's because of his ability to shake off bad plays and make a few more throws than RGIII can.
  4. Thursday meaning today? Or next Thursday?
  5. Like all great figures in sports, when their prime has passed and they don't adjust with the changes in the sport then it's time to move on. I'll always respect Mack and thank him for what he did to the program but the program needs a new mentality and direction.
  6. Ya where'd this come from anyways? I havent heard of this any where else.
  7. It's weird he wouldn't play if he's healthy because he's a great running back and produces when he's on the field. This off-season is going to be one hell of a roller coaster...
  8. I don't like that he wants to transfer. I like the way he runs with the ball, it's a unique, shifty, but still physical style. But if his heart isn't here then he shouldn't be here. Also has he really been injured all this time? Why isn't he seeing the field more?
  9. "Why do we keep having these conversations on a weekly basis?" haha that was good. i like what you're saying though
  10. The first non Texas A&M Thanksgiving game couldn’t have gone any worse for the Longhorns. The team played from behind the entire night and was embarrassed on a national scale during a day when the entire nation was watching them self-destruct in the only college football game that was being played on Turkey Day. It’s been a roller coaster of a season and I think the most obvious thing we can take away from this game, if you haven’t already learned it, is that the fans, the media, and even the coaches really never know what Texas team will show up on a week to week basis. Sigh… 1. Recipe for Disaster: The blueprint for Texas to lose was almost perfect. Both quarterbacks turned the ball over badly in a game where they were going to need to be relied on more than most, since TCU has one of the nation’s best run defenses. The Longhorns ended the day with 4 total turnovers compared to TCU’s 1, they were 3/11 on third downs, they lost the time of possession battle, and also managed to fail to rush for more than 100 yards for the first time since their embarrassing loss against OU earlier in the season. Though this loss wasn’t even in the same category as the loss to OU, it was still a very, very bad loss to a beatable TCU team and it hit home the point that there is still a lot the Texas football program needs to improve on. 2. David Ash: Wow. Where do you even start with him? Some games he looks great and other games he makes bad decisions, poor throws, and his confidence is no where to be found. For Texas to have won this game Ash would have needed to at least make a few plays in the air, manage the offense, and not turn the ball over. None of that happened, and on Ash’s second pass of the game he under threw an open Mike Davis that probably would have led to a touchdown but instead the interception led to his demise in the game (0n the night, Ash was 10/21 for 104 yards, 2 interceptions, and 1 ugly fumble) and a long night for the Longhorns. For me, the David Ash quarterback situation is very delicate because of his mentality, leadership and up and down confidence. I don’t know the guy personally but he seems like someone who isn’t outspoken as much as quarterbacks usually are and need to be. He seems shyer than most and is the type of leader whose leadership depends largely on how he plays rather than being confident up front, like Case and Colt McCoy are. This entire season, each game I’ve been keen to watch how Ash carries himself and how he performs after mistakes he’s made or games that he has been benched. But I have also been someone who has preferred roll with David Ash instead of Case McCoy because Ash simply has a stronger arm that can open up the playbook more and he can make more throws than what Case can make. Don’t get me wrong; I understand that Case can bring a different element to the game, which largely is his leadership ability, along with his mentality. But I don’t think he has the arm to make half the throws Ash can make down the field, leaving Coach Brown with the decision of playing McCoy and his weak arm or Ash and his weak mentality/confidence. The problems I have with Ash lie in his accuracy, decision-making, and confidence. He’s really made some great throws this season. But for as many good throws as he’s had I can go back to each game and point out some terrible throws and poor decisions he’s made. I’m not saying I expect him to be perfect in each game, that’s dumb. But the mistakes he continues to make aren’t getting fixed and that’s a problem. We still see under thrown balls, we still see him make some boneheaded passes into double (and triple…) coverage, and he still has a tendency to stare down receivers. But what makes the problem even worse is how is confidence comes and goes so quickly that you never really know what you may be getting with Ash each game. Some games he is slinging it all over the field with out hesitation. And other games, for whatever reason, he is hesitant, he tries to force passes that lead to interceptions, he throws balls to the ground, and/or he looks out of sorts. If David Ash is going to be the starting quarterback in 2013 then he has to become more confident in himself and improve as a leader. There’s no way this football program will get any better if their quarterback can’t lead them consistently no matter if the game is going his way or not. 3. Coaching Staff on Ash: What David Ash does on the field, how he carries himself, and how he leads is one thing. But I’m very, very curious to know exactly how confident Mack Brown and the rest of the coaching staff are with David Ash. I’m not going to sit here and argue whether or not it was right for Ash to be benched in any of the games in which this happened this season. But if I was on the team and I consistently saw David Ash get pulled when he made some mistakes in games then I would have to come to one of two conclusions. Either the staff really thinks Case McCoy can come into the games and physically make all the throws and plays that Ash has the ability to make. Or that the coaching staff is not confident in Ash’s ability to fight through adversity and over come his own mistakes. So when the going gets tough and Ash starts making bad decisions the staff knows he will continue to spiral down so they pull him before things get even uglier… I don’t think the first choice is the real choice. Case McCoy has entered a few games since Ash has been here and actually led Texas to wins. So if Coach Brown and the staff thought McCoy could actually make all the throws that Ash can then there would be no reason as to why McCoy wouldn’t be the starter after games he had won. And McCoy’s stats are actually pretty good in the games he has come into to relieve Ash. But Ash has continued to start each game. So that leads me to believe that Coach Brown and the staff realize Ash has the better arm but they are not confident that David Ash can overcome his own mistakes, maintain his confidence, and lead his offense out of trouble when adversity strikes… And that’s not good at all. The remaining games (KSU game and bowl game) will tell more about the quarterback situation going into 2013. But the same problems will be there next fall if Coach Brown and the staff aren’t confident in Ash, or whoever the quarterback is, to not only start the game and play the entire game, but also finish a game if mistakes happen or problems arise. 4. Manny Diaz and HIS Defense: This is easily the one problem with the team I’m most disappointed in. We all knew the offensive line would be a work in progress. We knew the quarterback situation would be one to monitor. We knew the kicking game would be shaky. But no one, I mean NO ONE, thought the defense would be this bad the entire season. They have consistently had problems stopping the run, missing tackles, being out of place, and just playing poorly. I cannot think of any reasons as to why Manny Diaz should be brought back. But honestly, as much as it pains me to say this, I can see Mack bringing Manny back… It just isn’t in Mack’s DNA not to. That’s not what history tells us. But I can only hope that Coach Brown realizes the state that the program is in and how poor of a job Manny Diaz did coaching and preparing this defense that was thought to be one of the best in the country. 5. Bad Day On The Ground: Give credit to TCU’s run defense. They are one of the best in the nation and they showed why on Thursday by holding Texas to 86 yards on 33 attempts. That’s good (or bad) for an average of 2.6 yards per rush… That’s really bad. Jonathan Gray, the bright spot of the Texas running game the past few weeks, was the leading rusher for the Longhorns but he ended the game with a dismal 47 yards on 15 attempts, 0 touchdowns and a fumbled ball that he was able to jump back on and recover. Joe Bergeron had another one of his no show games and ended the day with 12 yards on 5 carries with 0 touchdowns. (It really is amazing how Bergeron either has big days or does absolutely nothing in the game.) The only other running backs we saw were Daje Johnson, who ran twice for 14 yards, and Jeremy Hills, who ran once and scored an 8 yard touchdown run on his only attempt of the entire game. Malcolm Brown was sidelined with his injury and D.J. Monroe was not given any carries, which disgusts me. But I’ll get to that in a bit. It was impressive seeing Texas and Gray run the ball on the opening drive of the game. Jonathan Gray ripped off runs of 8 yards, 9 yards, and 6 yards on his first 3 attempts before the David Ash interception. Gray basically racked up half of his yards (23 yards) on the opening drive alone. But after that first turnover the rushing attack was never the same for the Longhorns and they continued to fail to do much of anything on the ground the rest of the evening. 6. Playmakers: I harp on this quite a bit after each game but can anyone tell me why Marquis Goodwin, Daje Johnson, and D.J. Monroe continue to not touch the ball multiple times on offense? Marquis had 1 catch for 18 yards, Daje Johnson had 2 carries for 14 yards, and D.J. Monroe failed to receive any touches on offense. These guys are home run threats and game changers and should be touching the ball way more than that. I find these three guys to be similar to Tavon Austin and Stedmon Bailey of WVU. Go look at what those guys do when they actually get a good number of touches per game. They change games and score points. And I’m even more confused as to why these guys wouldn’t touch the ball if the run game were being slowed down. Get anyone of those three speedsters in space and let them fly all over the field. It was sad to see senior Marquis Goodwin get 1 touch, and sadder to see D.J. Monroe fail to get any touches on offense the entire game on their senior nights. That’s terrible. 7. Offensive Line: It’s great for the Longhorns to have many weapons on offense and talented running backs in the backfield. But all that talent gets hindered with a bad offensive line… Has the line improved over the course of the season? Yes. Are they playing at the level the University of Texas offensive line should be capable of? No, they aren’t. The Texas football program is obviously in a funk and has been for the past few seasons. And the offensive line has definitely been in a funk too. It’s frustrating to see the Longhorns continue to get these top-rated recruiting classes that end up failing to produce any big time quality linemen. I can’t even remember the last Texas offensive linemen to be drafted in the first 3 rounds of the NFL draft (I looked it up, it was Justin Blalock in 2007. He went in the 2nd round to the Atlanta Falcons. The only other lineman to be drafted at all was Tony Hills, who went 4th to the Steelers – MackBrown-TexasFootball.com - Official website of the Texas Longhorns - Texas Football). In my mind there should be no reason as to why Texas cannot recruit and develop top rated linemen each year. The school has some of the nations best training facilities, it’s in the heart of the state that has the nations best recruits, and the school should have the top position coaches around. The fact that the offensive line is even an issue is mind-boggling. On the plus side, there are a number of talented young linemen on campus and headed to the 40 acres. It’s time for new offensive line coach Stacy Searels to show why he was sought after and brought to Texas. 8. Jaxon Shipley/Mike Davis: Both Shipley and Davis finished the day with 6 catches and 0 touchdowns. Shipley had the edge in yardage with 80 compared to Davis’ 54. Davis should have had about 30 more yards and a score on the first drive of the game but an under thrown ball by Ash led to an interception and a swing in momentum. It was a tough day for the receivers due to poor play from their quarterbacks. But these two guys have been one of the more refreshing pair of players to watch all season long for the Longhorns. Sure there have been games when Shipley wasn’t involved in the offense like he should have been and when Davis had some drops that could have been big time yardage and points. But they still continue to make plays all season long and are fun to watch with the ball in their hands. If Texas just had consistent quarterback play… 9. Has a TE Emerged?: If you haven’t noticed him or know his story then get to know the sophomore tight end Greg Daniels. Before the season the question of who would emerge as the Longhorns starting tight end was still up in the air. But over the past couple of games Greg Daniels has started to show up more in the passing game and also in the run game. Though he only had 2 receptions for 18 yards against TCU, he also hauled in the deep pass in the Iowa State game and ended that day with 2 receptions for 62 yards. But what makes his story interesting is he was recruited and brought to Texas as a defensive end and was one of the top 25 defensive ends in the nation from his recruiting class. This past off-season he was moved from the defensive line to tight end, and he and his 6’5” 258 frame have really started to show some good progress these past few games. I still don’t know why the TE position isn’t utilized more in this offense because I think it would really help the quarterbacks out. But in order to use the TE more the team first needs to find a viable option at TE and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Greg Daniels recently. 10. Place Kicker: Nick Jordan was 2/2 on the evening and his longest field goal was for 25 yards. That’s all fine and dandy but I have 0 confidence in any of the kickers on the roster outside of 35 yards. Again, here is another position I’m confused as to why Mack Brown wasn’t able to recruit anyone better than what is currently on the roster. Nick Jordan doesn’t have a strong leg. And Nick Rose, usually designated to only kick offs, isn’t the most accurate kicker either. I know the junior transfer Anthony Fera was brought in to try to help out this position after losing Justin Tucker, but he has also had problems with accuracy. And even before Fera was recruited to leave Penn State for UT all Texas had were Nick Jordan and Nick Rose as plans for kicking duties. And currently there isn’t a kicker that is committed to come to Texas next fall either. This makes me nervous because kickers are always important in football and currently the three options the Longhorns have on roster have all been rotating in a carousel for field goal duties. I was actually ecstatic when I learned that Anthony Fera was transferring to Texas. He had been nominated for a couple of awards while at Penn State and had actually held the punting and kick off duties as well as the place kicking duties. But since arriving to the 40 Acres he hasn’t been able to secure the kicking job yet and that has really disappointed me in what I had thought was one of the question marks on the roster that he could have answered. After seeing Texas play well against Iowa State, knowing the team had extra days to get ready, and the fact that it was a home game I had hoped the Longhorns wouldn't come out flat and instead would come out fired up, prepared for TCU, and play a great Thanksgiving Day game. I couldn't have been more wrong and more disappointed with Texas. It was a complete embarrassment on a national level and reiterated the fact that there is still a lot of work to be done to this program before it is back at a level where the team can compete nationally and be a dominant force in their own conference. There really should be no excuse as to why Texas has played this poor going on three seasons. But instead of dwelling about it I hope the team continues to improve and answer the questions that are scattered all over their roster and throughout the program. Hook'em Texas will travel to Manhatten, Kansas to take on KSU on December 1st. Kick Off is TBD. Twitter: @WesKCrochet Email: Wes.Spors@hotmail.com
  11. The O-line makes me sick. And I definitely am ready to see what Brewer and Overstreet can do.
  12. The football team has problems at QB, Offensive Line, Place Kicker, and all of the defense. This program needs a lot of work.
  13. Kabongo will help some with the turnovers. But Rick has never gotten it done in the tournament. His program isn't producing like it should and it hasn't for years now. I wouldn't cry one bit if coach Barnes was alleviated of his duties...
  14. For those of us that doubted Texas, Coach Brown not only showed us up but had some fun of his own too. I for one can say that Tech is one of the few teams that I thoroughly enjoy watching the Longhorns beat. Of course I love every Longhorn win, but Tech fans are by far some of the most annoying fans to lose to (no offense to my good buddies in Lubbock. Y’all are straight.) Resilience was the name of the game this past Saturday as Texas kept fighting back and hung in there for the last punch. Instead of escaping with a win, this young Longhorn team showed that it isn’t about to roll over and quit on this season like some had thought. That not only made fans happy but it made Mack happier than I’d see him in a long time. These are in no particular order. 1. Mike Davis: Who knows what exactly happened last season or what caused Davis to get into a funk but there’s no question that the Mike Davis of old is back as he continues to make big time plays for the Longhorns. He may not have the best hands anyone has ever seen, but they aren’t terrible and when he’s on he’s really on. This past Saturday Davis set a new, personal career high in receiving yards by catching 4 passes for 165 yards. In addition, he also found the end zone twice, once on a 75-yard bomb and the other on a 25-yard strike, both thrown by David Ash. Texas has two great receivers on the outside with him and Shipley. And when both these guys are playing well together it opens all kinds of opportunities for Ash to sling the ball around the field. 2. David Ash: Mike Davis had a big day, no question about it. But he wouldn’t have been able to set a new career high if it weren’t for Ash’s big throws. He only attempted 19 passes but that’s really all Ash needed to do. Of the 19 throws he attempted, 11 of them were completed for a total of 264 yards. And of those 11, 3 of them were for touchdowns (2 to Davis, 1 to Shipley). You probably don’t know how relieved and happy I was to see David Ash come out Saturday and play with confidence after he was pulled last week late in the game against Kansas. The fact that he was able to make some big time throws, and some deep throws, all after watching his replacement, Case McCoy, enter the game and lead the team to victory in Lawrence told me that David is a strong competitor. Sure, he’s young and still has some throws that are off and/or leave you cringing, but his throws continue to get better and his confidence level and competiveness this year have taken a big step forward. That’s a positive sign for any young quarterback as he continues to mature as a football player and a leader. 3. Jonathan Gray At It Again: Before the game many of us were wondering how freshman running back Jonathan Gray would perform in his first start as a Longhorn and at his Dad’s Alma Mater. Once again the talented freshman stepped up to the challenge and performed like a seasoned veteran. He never found the end zone but Gray rushed for 106 yards off of 20 attempts, which was good for a 5.6 YPC average. I cannot stress enough the luxury it is to have Jonathan Gray this year. I know Malcolm Brown was listed as ‘probable’ for the game but he was never really needed in any emergency fashion and in result never saw the field. Jonathan Gray is not only a luxury just because he can pick up yards, but more so because of the type of back he is and how he uses his talent in his running style. Jonathan Gray is the type of back that can essentially do it all. He has burst to get through holes at the line. He is small enough to get through creases at the line. He is strong enough to break tackles and continue to run after initial contact. He is quick and shifty enough to get around players. And he has a competiveness and fight of a winner. This combination of skills and talent gives Texas a big weapon on offense, especially when Malcolm Brown is hurt and Joey B just can’t get it going, like we saw this week and against Kansas last week. This freshman is the real deal and will be a big time player for years to come. 4. Carrington Byndum: ‘Defensive Player of the Game’ award goes to (yes this defense actually played well enough to have one of these awards from me after this past weekend) Carrington Byndom. I don’t know what got into him but Carrington basically said “screw it, I’m just going to play football†and then did. Up until the game on Saturday, Byndom has had an up and down season. He has seemed out of place and lost at times, and wasn’t the same player we had seen performing well last fall. That wasn’t the case Saturday. Though he didn’t force any turnovers, but he did prevent some big plays with pass break ups and also blocked a Tech field goal on special teams. It’s only one game and he still has things to work on but it was refreshing to see him show signs of his old self on Saturday. 5. Texas Stopped the Run?: Well, well, well… Whaddya know. The Longhorns didn’t allow a single running back to rush for more than 75 yards and they end up beating a ranked opponent who also happened to be ranked higher than them. Interesting how that works… Okay sure, Tech isn’t really known for running the ball. But the Longhorns defense has failed time and time again stopping the run from of spread offenses this season and there’s no question that this was an improvement and one of the factors that helped Texas win this game. I still, for the life of me, cannot figure out why this group has had so much trouble stopping the run compared to in years past. But it’s finally time to give some credit to the defense after a game. Though they didn’t force any turnovers they held a high-powered Red-Raider offense to just 22 points. That’s not only a big positive for this year’s defense, but that would be considered a positive for many Texas’ defenses of the past and many teams that play Tech. 6. Alex Okafor: With his 8th sack of the season, senior defensive end Alex Okafor broke his 2011 mark with 3 game left to go in the regular season. The defense has had problems all season long but Okafor has continued to be a consistent pass rushing force on the defensive line. I’m happy he has continued to have success this fall by getting into the opposing team’s backfield, but I’m disappointed his good season has been somewhat over shadowed by the poor play that the entire defense has shown. This guy is the real deal and will be playing on Sundays very soon. 7. LB’s Take Another Hit: If this group wasn’t already having enough problems to deal with, sophomore LB Kendall Thompson was carted off field after a nasty hit during a Tech punt return. The injury is a concussion and you can only hope that this injury will heal quickly and won’t cause any recurring injuries or lead to any other concussions down the line. Thompson was starting to make some strides and show growth after a slow start to his sophomore season on the field, and you can only wish the best for him. As for the linebackers, this doesn’t bode well for an already thin and inexperienced group. I imagine Tevin Jackson, Dalton Santos, and even Peter JInkens will see more action while Thompson recovers. 8. Play Makers: Once again the touches for the speedsters were limited. It’s sometimes nit picky to complain after a win, but if I were running this offense I’d be spreading the ball around a little differently. This week the speedy trio (Goodwin, Monroe, D. Johnson) combined for 8 touches that resulted in a total of 28 yards. On one hand, and in Harsin’s defense, the plays for these guys may not have been working last Saturday day. But on the other hand, if I were Harsin I’d being doing anything I could to create more plays for these home run threats. I guess in the end the Longhorns stuck with what was working and rolled with Jonathan Gray and Mike Davis all day long. 9. Mack Brown: All season long Mack Brown has been under a lot of pressure, heat, and stress from the media and fans. I’ve been guilty of it and it definitely appears to have gotten to him a bit by the way he has spoken after games and in press conferences. But I was glad to see Coach Brown smiling and as happy as he has been in a long time this past weekend after he got the win. Winning a road game like this after a sloppy performance on the road the previous week is a big win for this young team and it definitely showed Mack that his team still has the ability to compete and fight for him even when many onlookers are doubting his group. I was happy for Mack and glad he was able to not only get a win but enjoy the victory as well. 10. Darrell K. Royal: This morning the most successful coach to ever lead the Longhorns at The University of Texas passed away. Though this has nothing to do with the Tech game I couldn’t post this today without mentioning Coach Royal. I had the good fortune of attending the same church as Coach Royal for as long as I’ve been alive. Though my parents (who have both worked at the church in one fashion or another) have had the opportunity to get to know Darrell and Edith over the years, I actually never talked to him all that much but I remember seeing him and his wife Edith on many different Sundays as they would enter the building before the service while smiling to everyone and saying their ‘hellos’. After the service the smiles would be back on their faces and they would both make small talk and shake hands to anyone and everyone who approached them. If you didn’t know who he was, you’d think he was just your regular, older gentleman who enjoyed life. But Darrell K. Royal was a man who instilled expectations into the Texas football program that are still expected of the team and players today. He won 3 National Championships (2 outright, 1 shared) for the university and was one of the best football coaches that college football has ever known. Off the field and outside of the stadium, Coach Royal was also more than that. He not only was a football coach, but a coach of life. He taught his young players how to be young men and gave them lessons and teachings that stretched far beyond the white lines of the field. Today is a sad day as we mourn the loss of a truly great man while we cherish and respects to the teachings and memories he has left us. Coach Royal will be greatly missed, never forgotten, and always honored. Rest In Peace Darrell K. Royal: July 6, 1924 – November 7, 2012 Hook’em Next Game: Texas vs. Iowa State – November 10th, 11 A.M. at DKR in Austin, Texas Twitter: @WesKCrochet Email: Wes.Sports@hotmail.com
  15. This is exactly the responses i like because i want to start conversations and get other peoples take on the games. It makes it fun and creates other topics to talk about. Thanks budddd. And I think i know better than anyone your take on McCoy haha. I was shut up real fast after I was tweeting with you right before that last drive. Another solid game winning drive from a McCoy. You're exactly right about the running game and the inconsistent throws by Ash causing lack of production from Shipley & Davis, but more specifically Monroe and Goodwin. Those guys have killer speed and it's not being utilized like it could be...
  16. We all feared Texas would wake up Saturday morning sluggish and play a bad game… That fear turned into reality last Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas. The longhorns escape Kansas with a win but it was an ugly one to say the least. These are in no particular order. 1. The Worst Win: Even though Texas squeaked out a win there is still a lot of negative talk from the game. How weird is that? A win creates negative buzz around a program. But in my opinion it’s really not weird at all. In fact, I wouldn’t expect anything less and nor should you. Texas is one of the best, if not the best, coaching jobs in the nation. Texas is expected to have one of the best football programs in the nation as well. And when expectations aren’t met then naturally negative buzz will surround the program. I have no problem with negative buzz if it’s reasonable and realistic in meaning. I try to avoid letting emotions speak for me (though it happens to all of us at times) right after games have ended. But it’s now almost 3 days after the game has ended and I still am not happy about this win. Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved Texas won. But it’s the way the team won and what they had to do to get the win. This game was against the absolute worst team in the Big 12 and Texas needed a McCoy to save the day once again on the last drive of the game. The Longhorns should never have been anywhere close to that situation in Lawrence. But realistically that is where the program is now. Which is why there is so much negative buzz surrounding the program. I’m finding more irony in this season than in seasons past. I don’t think that’s a good thing… But in a season where Texas had arguably their worse loss ever that anyone can remember (against OU), the Longhorns may have also had their worst win ever against Kansas (fellow Hornsports contributor, Justin Wells said the later part first). That’s deflating to take in and think about. 2. Is the QB controversy back?: Poor Case… Can you imagine what it must feel like for him? After being called upon to lift Texas past its rival to the East, Texas A&M, Case McCoy once again led Texas to another victory late in the game once Ash got benched. In half as many passing attempts that Ash had, McCoy threw for more yards, scored the only passing touchdown of the game, and avoided any turnovers. On the day, Case McCoy was 5/7 for 68 yards and 1 touchdown. In almost 3 ½ quarters, David Ash was 8/16 for 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 ugly interceptions. So based on this game, is it fair to say the QB controversy is back? According to Mack, not just yet. David Ash is the starter for next week’s game in Lubbock. But McCoy could be called upon at any moment if Ash falls into a funk again. If you ask me, I too think David Ash should still be the starter. I’ll admit that right before Case McCoy led the team to the game winning drive I tweeted something along the lines that read that Ash should still be in the game because McCoy doesn’t add any throwing advantages over Ash. Well McCoy must have read my tweet because he marched the team down the field for the win. And I’m happy for him that he was successful. But I’m sticking by my tweet. Case McCoy does not have a better arm than Ash. And you can’t argue that one bit. But what I failed to touch on was that Case McCoy is a McCoy. On the field he has some of the personality, mentality, and leadership that his older brother Colt exuberated during games. And in a tough situation towards the end of games Case has shown that he is mentally and emotionally capable of leading a team to a score in crunch time. But I don’t think Case can make the variety of throws consistently and with enough strength needed to truly open up the playbook like Ash can. Ash bounced back well from the OU game with a solid performance against Baylor. It will be very interesting to see if he can bounce back again, but this time after being benched and having to watch his own competition take the team down for two game winning drives. 3. Running Game, Led By Gray: I hope everyone realizes what a luxury it is to have Jonathan Gray this season. Without Gray’s 111 yards off his 18 carries Texas would have almost certainly lost this game. Gray ran with consistency and a strong determination each time he got the ball, which was very refreshing to watch. He continues to get better each and every game as he fills in for the injured Malcolm Brown. But having Gray is important for games that Joe Bergeron simply can’t get it going, like this past Saturday. Though Bergeron rumbled into the end zone for the Longhorns’ first touchdown, he was bottled up for most of the game. Running for just 32 yards on 7 carries, Joey B failed to have a run longer than 4 yards until his last run, which was 17 yards, with over 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. And one of his rushing attempts was a failed 4th down conversion at the goal line that cost Texas another scoring drive (embarrassing…). Bergeron is simply a power back, and there will be games where he will dominate defenses and games where he will get bottled up. He’s a great weapon to have. But as we all saw last Saturday, there are some games that will call upon different running styles from other backs than what Bergeron has to offer. 4. Shipley/Davis: The two starting receivers both had solid games, and for the first time in a few weeks Jaxon Shipley was more involved in the offense and saw more passes come his way. Though neither scored a touchdown, the duo combined for 125 of the 131 receiving yards and caught 10 of the 13 receptions from the game. Shipley led in both receptions (6) and yards (66), while Mike Davis was second in receptions (4) and yards (59). But regardless of who had more yards or receptions both of these players ran solid routes, had nice receptions, and played well. I touched on this before the season started in my position preview, but I still think these two could be considered as 1A (Shipley) and 1B (Davis), as far as receiving options on the team. Despite the shaky QB play, they played well and had decent games with what they were given. 5. Offensive Playmakers: I still don’t understand why D.J. Monroe, Marquis Goodwin, and Daje Johnson aren’t getting the ball more. This trio combined for 4 touches ALL GAME, with Goodwin leading that category again with 2. And guess what, when Goodwin touched the ball on his only 2 rushing attempts he ripped off a 41 yard run and an 11 yard touchdown run. These three players are too fast and explosive to not get more touches. Also, I know it could be hard to do mid way through the season but I’d really wish Texas would give Goodwin a shot at getting carries lined up as running back in the backfield rather than only on reverses. Maybe he’s gotten a shot at it in practice and it didn’t work out, but he seems to see the field well when he’s running. And as far as I can tell, he’d add another dimension to the offense taking carries out of the backfield. 6. Texas Miscues & Team Comparisons: As bad as Texas played, I’m amazed they were able to win this game because Kansas also played a pretty good game. The Jayhawks were decent on 3rd downs, moving the chains 7 out of 15 attempts, and converting 1 of their 2 4th down attempts. They had 1 penalty all game, which was a 5-yard ‘delay of game’ flag. They were able to win the turnover ratio, by losing 1 fumble to Texas’ 2 interceptions, and controlled the clock a little over 5 minutes longer than the Longhorns did. Compare this to the Longhorns miserable 4-12 3rd conversion rate, their 1-2 4th down conversion rate (the failed conversion was a 1 yard loss at the goal line by Joe Bergeron), the 2 interceptions, and the Horn’s 5 penalties for 65 yards and it really is amazing Texas was able to escape with a Win. Give credit to Kansas for hanging in there until the very end. But this was an embarrassing game for Texas… and it was a win… 7. Another Game, Another Bad Performance: I’m almost getting tired of mentioning this after each week. But the Longhorns failed to stop the run, again. The Jayhawks leading rusher, James Sims, ran for the most yards (176) and his personal best average YPC (6.3) of the season this past Saturday. That’s embarrassing. In total, the Jayhawks racked up 234 yards on the ground and scored 2 rushing touchdowns. The Texas defense is plain bad. Which is very disappointing. Coming into the season everyone was talking about all the talent on this side of the ball that was supposedly going to be the strength of the team. But week after week after week the defense continues to look lost and struggle to stop the ground game. Diaz has got to go. 8. What’s Changed?: I would love to sit down and talk to Duane Akina. The defensive backs coach has been with Texas for 12 seasons and has been the position coach who has had countless defensive backs of his not only play well for UT, but go onto the NFL to give the school the name “DB Uâ€. Which is why I’d love to sit down and Ask Duane Akina a few questions. Questions like, “What is different about the defensive players this year compared to years when UT had one of the nations best defenses?†or “Why have the defensive backs had so much trouble tackling and so much confusion in coverage?†or “What are your thoughts on Manny Diaz’s schemes compared to past defensive coordinators you have worked with?†or even, “Does Manny Diaz focus on discipline and fundamentals as much as he should?†I’m sure there are countless questions you and I could think to ask Akina. He’s been the one guy who has been here under all of the recent defensive coordinators. He was even a coordinator for a year at Texas, though he’s a much better secondary coach… The secondary has had its problems this season but I’m not all convinced he is the one to blame. I still think Diaz’s schemes, coaching, and play calling are the main problem the defense is playing confused, inconsistent, and without discipline. 9. Bad Mentality: I’m sick of the way the team talks after games. Everyone on the team talks as if the poor game they played wasn’t a big deal. They talk as if they know they can win the rest of the games this season like it isn’t a big deal. There’s a difference between being lackadaisical and ignorant, and being confident with a killer instinct when talking about winning games. Nick Saban and Will Muschamp are two examples of coaches who say they expect to win but say it with a realistic confidence and a killer instinct. They also aren’t afraid to admit their weaknesses and where they need to improve. But the Texas players and coaches, led by Mack Brown, have this defensive, stubborn vibe to them this season that really rubs me the wrong way. It’s as if they have set the bar low for themselves and in their eyes are accomplishing just as much, if not more, than what they were expecting this season. And I think that’s one reason why so many people have been calling for Mack’s job. The fact that he and the team have said “it is what it is†and that they will figure out “who their true friends are†has left me, and many fans, confused and frustrated. Saying things like that translates to “we know we aren’t that good, but we accept that and are going keep being mediocre. So either support our mediocre play or hit the road.†There is something different about the way Coach Brown and the team talks to the media and fans this year. They have a weird, defensive, stubborn mentality that hasn’t necessarily been there in the past. It seems that Mack feels more pressured than ever and if it’s showing to us then you better believe it’s showing to his coaches and players, and that’s not good… 10. Josh Turner: Recovering a fumble, which was Kansas’ only turnover of the game, Turner continued to make plays and shed light into the darkness that is the Texas secondary. He played well and actually made some decent tackles too. I like what I continue to see from him and hopefully he continues to play well despite how his teammates are playing around him. Before the season started I thought that starting with this Kansas game Texas might have some relief as far as the strength of their schedule. But all of that thinking goes right out the window due to how the Longhorns are playing now. Each game will be a toss up and will depend on which Texas team shows up that day. Currently Texas is 6-2, which is a good record, but what is disappointing is the manner in which they are winning games. Many of these games shouldn’t be as close as they are and shouldn’t be as sloppy either. I still think a big change needs to be made to the coaching staff at the end of the season. But until then we can only hope to see different players step up and show why they were top recruits when they first came to the 40 Acres. Hook’em Twitter: @WesKCrochet Email: Wes.Sports@hotmail.com
  17. I'm not sold Edmond has the burst/moves for DE.
  18. Just as many thought, the game Saturday was a shootout between two teams that are growing their young offenses while failing to fix their problems on defense. Led by Joe Bergeron’s 5 touchdowns, the Longhorns held on to beat the Baylor Bears 56-50 in a game that revealed more of the identity that this Texas team is showing; one that is very opposite of what many of us had thought before the season. These are in no particular order. 1. Joe Bergeron: I don’t feel comfortable saying that ground game is back on track because Baylor’s defense, like Texas’, has been one of the weakest in the conference. But it was reassuring to see Joey B and company have success against the bears like they were expected to. Bergeron had 19 carries for 117 yards and 5 touchdowns, just 1 shy of tying Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams’ six, which he accomplished twice in his college career. Though I would have been happy for Joey B, I found it fitting that he felt 1 shy because I have yet to see anyone at UT as good as Ricky was in the backfield. Along with Bergeron’s big day, freshmen Daje Johnson and Jonathan Gray both scored their first rushing touchdowns of the season. I said this before the season, but the strength of UT’s running game wouldn’t be displayed due to one running back taking over as the lead back, but because each of the running backs provide a different running style and brings something different to the offense. And that was very evident on Saturday night. This rushing attack will need to continue to be a strength of the team because it looks like the offense will have to carry the team to wins. 2. Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis: For the second straight week Jaxon Shipley had only one catch the entire game. And for the second straight week Mike Davis had at least 5 catches. Some people are saying there may be something wrong with Jaxon but I’m not buying that right now. I think it’s more of a combination of defenses focusing in on Jaxon, and Ash spreading the ball around to different options. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see Shipley touch the ball 5-10 times a game. (But it is what it is… just kidding.) But I don’t think his lack of production is because of a secret injury. As for Davis, he is looking like the Davis of old and I’m happy for him because he is producing. Though he can still work on avoiding drops. He’s had a bad drop every now and then that has cost the team big time yards or points. 3. David Ash: Though he didn’t have a big game, he had a good performance and a solid showing after a rough weekend in Dallas. Ash eased a lot of my nerves and concerns by passing for 274 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Aside from the OU game, Ash has continued to provide the offense with the passing plays that can make this offense one of the strongest and most balanced in the nation. And not only does he continue to make some nice throws but he isn’t doing anything to necessarily lose the game or put the team in a tough spot by making dumb mistakes (once again, aside from the OU game). The Bears defense wasn’t anything special but the fact that he was able to bounce back and have a solid showing the entire game after falling flat on his face in Dallas is a big sign of maturity and confidence for him. 4. Offensive Line: Give credit where credit is due, the offensive line was solid Saturday night. Ash was protected well, but more importantly the O-line was able to open up holes and get a push off the line for the running backs. Whether or not they were playing against a weak Baylor defense, as a team Texas rushed for 251 yards and scored 7 touchdowns, and that could not have happened without the offensive line playing well. 5. Turnovers: The game was a shootout and the difference was six points. But this game was won largely because Baylor committed two turnovers while Texas had 0. The defense did give up a lot of yardage and points, but the turnovers they forced played big parts in the game and led to two touchdown scoring drive for the Longhorns. Texas has had its problems on both sides of the ball all year, but the turnover ratio has actually been a bit of a strength this season, which is a good improvement from the past couple of seasons. Currently the Longhorns have tossed 3 interceptions (all by Ash) and lost 3 fumbles, but have gained 4 fumbles and picked off opposing teams a total of 9 times. That’s good for a ratio of +7, which is 22nd in the nation. If you want to see who ranks ahead of Texas, here is the link: SI.com - College Football - FBS Season Statistics - Team Turnover Margin 6. Flags, Confusion: There are a few signs in football that can almost always signal that a team is lacking discipline, adequate coaching, or both. Texas had problems with both. If I counted correctly, Texas committed 5 flags that totaled 52 yards for the Bears. Of those 5 flags ALL 5 were committed by the defense (defensive holding, rouging the passer, personal foul, pass interference, & offsides). In addition to the flags there were multiple times when the defense struggled to line up correctly with the offense, had substitution issues, and/or had to look to the sideline for the play because they were confused on what exactly to run. All of these problems fall on one person and that is defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Sure the players are the ones causing the flags but Diaz is the one who should be coaching them not to. Diaz should also be the one coaching the defense to be ready for the play call, to be ready for the substitutions, and to play with discipline. I’ve been very impressed with the offense this year at how well they are able to substitute in between plays. It’s a luxury to have a plethora of players to insert onto the field, but sloppy substitution efforts, as displayed by the defense, completely nullify that advantage. Also, this far into the season there should have been no reason why the defense was having as many problems as they did lining up or understanding which play was called. There were at least 2 instances in the game where LB Demarco Cobbs was lined up on a Bear’s player who was split out furthest to the sideline in a multiple WR set. Normally you’d think a corner would be playing that far out. I’ll admit I’m not exactly sure if that was actually by design… But if that’s the case then that’s one weird play design. Either way, in addition to points allowed/yards allowed, the defense continues to show signs that they are not being coached well and are not playing up to standards expected. 7. Stopping The Run: In a game dominated by offense, Texas again struggled with stopping the run. Baylor rushed for a total of 255 yards and scored 4 rushing touchdowns. Watching the defense against the run is very frustrating and the problem starts at the line and with the linebackers. The D-line continues to get swallowed up and fails to shed their blocks. And the linebackers make poor reads and take themselves out of the play more times than not. This is very uncanny of Longhorn teams in the past and the defensive problems will continue to appear as long as teams are able to run the ball with success, like they have all season. 8. Lacking Instincts: Of all the injuries the Longhorns are dealing with, in my opinion Jordan Hicks’ injury is easily the most significant. Not only is the defense lacking leadership, but also his instincts and strong ability to react to plays are missing, especially at the linebacker position. Though Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs have different playing styles than Hicks, every great linebacker is usually good at having an idea of where the ball is going and/or being able to react to plays quickly as they develop. So far Cobbs, Edmond, and any of the rest of the linebackers haven’t shown any consistency or strength in that area. It should be noted that this is basically the first year that any of these guys are getting significant playing time. But currently all of them can still make large strides at reading the play faster and getting into the right position to make a play on the ball carrier. 9. Stepping Up: With injuries and inadequate play starting to plague the defense I liked how both Josh Turner and Cedric Reed played against the Bears. Turner made some good tackles and was responsible for the only interception of the night. And Cedric Reed showed some decent pass rushing ability and recorded a sack during the game as well. On the offensive side of the ball M.J. McFarland finally made a splash as he hauled in 1 reception for 29 yards. It appears that M.J. is finally improving his blocking enough to see more playing time. All of these players are underclassmen and have the entire rest of the season to display their skills in hopes of solidifying their roles and positions. I’d love to see each of them step up and win a starting job. 10. History: Texas continues to add to an uncanny year defensively by allowing the most points ever scored during a win for the school (Baylor’s 50). This defense is one of the worst in the country and I’ll be surprised if Manny Diaz is retained after this season. It took a lot of points and some turnovers to help the Longhorns get the win against the Bears. It may not have been a dominating victory, but this win was very important for this young Texas team after being completely stomped on by OU in Dallas. There are still a lot of problems with this team, specifically on defense. But at the same time there are things to like, such as the play of David Ash. If the defense could play at a high level like we all hoped they would then there is no question this Texas team would be a top-10 team. But according to Mack “it is what it is†and for now the offense is carrying this team while the defense continues to struggle. Hook’em Twitter: @WesKCrochet Email: Wes.Sports@hotmail.com
  19. I'm a fan. I'm a realistic fan. I'm disappointed with the program because of the play that is happening on the field. I'm still a fan cheering and yelling at the games. It seems like Mack is really feeling some pressure right now, though.
  20. Chris Peterson, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh (gotta make this call), Art Briles, Will Muschamp (dangit). But not these guys; Chip is too shady. Patterson can't control his players enough. The Texas alum will hire a guy who can run the business and team. They also want a guy who will keep the players out of trouble best he can. The Longhorn brand represents too much to hire a staff member only for wins. it's a combo.
  21. What to Watch For Texas Longhorns Vs. Baylor Bears Here are 5 things I’m interested in most for this game. (No particular order). 1. David Ash: Much like the WVU game, this game against Baylor is shaping up to be a shoot out. I want to see how David Ash responds after his worst game all season. The Longhorns will need him to play his best football if they want to keep up with the Baylor offense all day. 2. Secondary: Baylor has many fast, quick receivers that are the strengths of their strong offense. Once again the secondary will be put to a test. Watching this squad has been deflating and I’d love to sit down with Duane Akina and get his take one what’s causing the regression in play. But you better believe Art Briles will challenge that group all night long. 3. Running Backs: The Longhorn offense was lack luster in Dallas last weekend and the running game didn’t even eclipse 75 yards. But I fully expect Joe Bergeron, Jonathan Gray, and the rest of the running backs to have big days against the weak Bear’s defense. 4. Defensive End: Jackson Jeffcoat is done for the season, which leaves the defensive end position opposite Alex Okafor open for any player to take it. Reggie Wilson will get the first crack at securing the job but freshman Shiro Davis and sophomore Cedric Reed will also get a chance to get playing time and compete for the spot as well. 5. Stop The Run: Though the Bear’s are more known for their passing attack, I want to see if the Longhorns defense has finally figured out an answer to stopping the run. This may be the most important aspect I pay attention to all evening long. If Texas could figure out how to stop the run, like have had for so many years, their defenses would make a big step in improvement. This game will tell everyone a lot about what type of team Texas really is this year. I think a win could put this team back on track. But a loss could derail the entire season. Right now the Longhorns are in a crossroad, and how they come out and play after the worst loss I can remember will say a lot about how they will come out and play the rest of the season. Hook’em The game on Saturday will be played in Austin, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. (CT) Notable Injuries: David Ash, QB (wrist – Probable); Jordan Hicks, LB (hip - Questionable); Donald Hawkins, OL (ankle - Questionable); Brandon Moore, DT (neck - Doubtful) Join in on the conversation. What will you be looking for? Twitter: @WesKCrochet E-mail: Wes.Sports@hotmail.com

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