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2011 University of Texas College Football Preview

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

How will The Texas Longhorns play this year?

The troubled University of Texas Longhorns put a lot of records to bed in 2010:

-First time shut out of a bowl since 1997

-First time not in AP Poll since 1987

-First time not in Coaches poll since 1974.

-First sub 10+ win season (2001-2009)

-First sub 9+ win season (1998-2009),

-First time not ranked 2001(2001-2010) - 162 consecutive weeks

          And the fans in Austin are not happy.

          As for the defense after Will Muschamp left to head coach the Florida Gators, Brown hired Manny Diaz from Mississippi State to continue where Muschamp left off.  Ranked #6 in the nation in 2010, the defense was a rare bright spot in an otherwise depressing season, but there are some issues.  The UT secondary are young and inexperienced after 3 UT cornerbacks were drafted in the 1st round and will face a pass happy Oklahoma State and Texas Tech during Big 12 Conference play.  Linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho as well as emerging defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat will give hope that UT will be able to stop QBs like Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Robert Griffin of Baylor, or Ryan Tannehill of Texas A & M.

Head Coach Mack Brown recruited well this year and was ranked #3 which will be needed to build a powerful running game that will be coached by former Boise State co offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.  Harsin will need talented running backs  for the new offense ( UT was ranked   #66 in rushing last year) so he recruited RB Malcolm Brown, who ran for 6663 yards during his high school career in high school and will challenge veterans Fozzy Whitaker and Cody Johnson for playing time.  The last star running back UT had was Cedric Benson in 2004 and Ricky Williams before that so hopefully UT will have plenty of speed and power to complement a subpar passing game. Brown will be relying on Sophomore wide receiver Mike Davis to make plays despite who wins in the starting quarterback sweepstakes (UT was ranked # 50 in passing offense and QB  Gilbert passed for 17 interceptions)..  As for the offensive line they will have to improve on their 2010 lackluster performance in order to open up gaps for Brown and Whitaker to run through while protecting a flappable pocket passer Gilbert or Colt McCoy’s younger brother, Case McCoy.

          As for the defense after Will Muschamp left to head coach the Florida Gators, Brown hired Manny Diaz from Mississippi State to continue where Muschamp left off.  Ranked #6 in the nation in 2010, the defense was a rare bright spot in an otherwise depressing season, but there are some issues.  The UT secondary are young and inexperienced after 3 UT cornerbacks were drafted in the 1st round and will face a pass happy Oklahoma State and Texas Tech during Big 12 Conference play.  Linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho as well as emerging defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat will give hope that UT will be able to stop QBs like Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Robert Griffin of Baylor, or Ryan Tannehill of Texas A & M.

          Fans in Austin are short on patience and Mack Brown is one of the highest paid coaches in the NCAA.  This combination will result in Brown’s dismissal if he doesn’t win the Big 12 within 2 years.  The new T.V.network and the highest grossing athletic department in the nation will give UT little patience for anything less than perfection.


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