Texas Longhorns 2011

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  1. MojoMan

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    After defeating the Rice Owls in week one 34-9, the Horns squeaked out a 17-16 victory over BYU tonight in Austin.

    It was literally a tale of two halves.

    Before the season, the Longhorns tapped Garrett Gilbert to be the starting QB to start the year. He was the starting QB last season when the Horns went 5-7, their first losing season since 1997. That experiment appears to have ended tonight.

    After throwing two interceptions in the first half, the Horns benched Gilbert and brought in Case McCoy and David Ash (a true freshman) in a unique alternating arrangement to replace him. David Ash was apparently committed to running the football every chance he got, a-la John Chiles, who was eventually moved to the receiver position.

    Case McCoy led the team much like his brother used to do. When he came into the game, the Longhorns looked like a completely different and better team. It was largely because of Case McCoy and Malcom Brown, a true freshman running back of a caliber that we has not seen at Texas in a good while, that Texas ultimately won the game.

    Unless I am mistaken, Sophomore QB Case McCoy, the brother of Colt McCoy, will be named as the starting QB going into the game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl next week. At least I hope so.
     
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    Garrett Gilbert might as well transfer to UT El Paso or something, he shouldn't get another snap for the Longhorns this year. Obviously the experience playing this year would be much more valuable to McCoy and Ash than it would be to let GG throw away some games. Shipley had some great catches, might be another dynamic duo in the works for UT. The second coming of McCoy? I thought for sure Tebow would be the first college QB to do that...
     
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    Gilbert has sure been a disappointment. I was expecting big things from him last year and he simply hasn't lived up to the expectations. I really hope Mac Brown names Mccoy the starter for next week. What's the old saying: 'having two QB's is as good as having none'?
     
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    gilbert was put into a no win situation with davis as his coordinator his first two years... that guy was successful solely on the athletic and leadership abilities of vince young and colt mccoy. gilbert didn't have whatever x-factor(s) that those two had yet davis tried to make him run the same offense. it just wasn't going to happen.

    he really does need to transfer out and I think he will end up being successful somewhere else. tulsa would be a good spot for him I think.
     
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    The second coming of McCoy to Shipley.......
     
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    So do the little brothers of Colt and Jordan room together too? That's cute if they do.
     
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    As an Aggie fan, I sure hope the little brother's don't play as good as Colt and Jordan.
     
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    If the Aggies move to the SEC, then it may not be an issue after this Thanksgiving. But there are some good players in the SEC, too. The Aggies are going to have their work cut out for them whatever happens.
     


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    I had switched to NASCAR thinking that the Horns were going to lose.
     
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    But they didn't. They won.

    Hook'em Horns! :)
     
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    I'll watch the game next week and I hope they do well.
     
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    There is your first mistake. :P

    :vincepalm:
     
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    I saw that McCoy and Ash have been named co-starters.

    Also Brown is also a co-starter.

    I really enjoyed watching the platooning of McCAsh (LOL), it was also great hearing McCoy complete to Shipley. Really brought back good memories.

    I was happy with the win sincd I don't get to see many UT games up here.
     
  14. Mr. White

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    Tough break for Gilbert......

    It's a long way down from the National Championship game to 3rd string. I almost feel bad for the kid, but there really was no other choice.

    The dual starters at QB can't last long either. I hope that this doesn't go on for more than another week or 2. Hopefully, the eventual starter will have a really hot hand by the OU game.

    My guess is it'll be McCoy. I think Ash probably has the better tools as a QB, but McCoy looks more comfortable.
     
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    The Longhorns pounded UCLA yesterday in the Rose bowl, 49-20. The Horns were favored by three points going into the contest, as they continue to regroup after a 5-7 season in 2010, having installed a largely new coaching staff under Mack Brown, together with a lot of fresh faces in the starting line up on both sides of the ball.

    The uncertainty is starting to wear off a little bit, although to be fair the Longhorns have still not played anyone of note. And they won't until they play a ranked team until they play #1 ranked Oklahoma in Dallas on October 8th.

    The real news from this game was the strength of the running game, the likes of which we have not seen from a Longhorns team since at least 2004, when Cedric Benson was carrying the rock. If the first three games of the year are any indication, the Horns have a winner in true freshman tailback Malcolm Brown, who went over 100 yards yesterday in his first career start, while demonstrating a smash mouth straight ahead style of running that left me remembering the good old days of Earl Campbell. Backup RB Fozzy Whitaker was also outstanding.

    Keep an eye on Malcolm Brown. If he stays healthy, he could very well be the next Heisman trophy winner to come out of Texas. So far, he has demonstrated that level of promise.

    The Longhorns appear to have a QB in Case Mcoy, who threw the ball accurately yesterday and did not have any turnovers. However, this was a balanced attack led by the running game, which is a big change from the pass first strategy used by the Horns in recent years.

    The defense looked good but not great. The Horns appear to have good talent on defense, including a strong pass rush and a pretty good run defense. However, they were inconsistent and sometimes a bit lethargic, apparently due to the seemingly safe margin on the score board coming out of halftime. If the Horns had been playing a better offensive team, this could have easily turned into a raucous, pin-ball machine type of affair. It needs to be pointed out that an inordinately large number of starters on this team are freshmen and sophomores. They need to learn to stay focused.

    I am impressed with what I have seen so far. I expect the Horns to continue to rise up through the rankings going into OU weekend in three weeks, which is followed by a game against currently #8 ranked Oklahoma State in Austin. If the Horns can pull off a win against one (or both) of these teams, this year could be the year when opponents realize "they're back...."

    Hat-tip to Mack Brown for the rapid turnaround job he appears to have accomplished with this program. :tiphat:
     
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    I don't want to get too excited just yet but I do see some promise there.
     
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    Huge game against OU on Saturday.
     
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    Oklahoma is favored by 9 points.

    http://sportsdirect.usatoday.com/odds/ncaaf.aspx

    That seems about right, given that Texas (4-0) has not played anyone yet and is coming off of a losing season last year. But the Horns have looked pretty good on both sides of the ball so far this season and it is not impossible that an upset could be in the works here.

    The game is an early start on Saturday at 11:00 AM on ABC. It could be a good one.
     
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    I think OU should be favored by more. I will be watching of course, but I think Texas loses by 14.
     
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    As a Texas fan I would like to say that we have a good shot at winning....but we don't.

    Our defense is great, but they would have to play perfect. Our offense is decent, but they would have to play great. Anything less than that won't get it done.

    I think our defense does enough to keep us in the game, but I don't think the game will ever be in doubt. OU will win something like 24-14.

    But you never know. Texas should have been destroyed last year, and we were in the game up until the end.
     

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