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March 28, 2007

RUN 'N' GUN?

By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas

Good column today by Kirk Bohls at Statesman.com.

He verifies that Colt McCoy has put on 13 pounds of muscle since last season began. Tuscola's favorite son is now tipping the scales at 208.

mccoyold.jpgBohls also theorizes that not only will Colt run more next season because of the added bulk, but he will run more effectively. And that will be from the shotgun, where Colt seems most at ease.

I tend to agree with that. Take out the last three games of the 2006 season and Colt's feet accounted for themselves rather well ... especially considering he didn't run that often. And remember, in high school he rushed for 1,575 yards and 21 TDs in two-and-a-half seasons.

Here are a couple of passages from Bohl's column:

_smallUTlogo.gif"Even though he won't ever be Vince Young, McCoy is more confident, beefed up and will carry the ball by design on draws or zone reads eight or nine times a game. And the staff will prepare redshirt freshman Sherrod Harris or true freshman John Chiles with a Florida-style package — a la Tim Tebow — to provide a dangerous change of pace from McCoy. "

_smallUTlogo.gif"High school coaches who have taken in Texas' practices have detected a distinct difference in McCoy. He's stronger in his core. He is experimenting more, partly because he's not concerned with winning a job. He's not as obsessed with passing as he was last spring when he felt his throwing would win him the starting job. That job is his now."

You can read the entire thing by clicking here.

Wish I could say "I'll see you at Saturday's scrimmage," but I can't make the trip down to Austin.

One of our regulars, Mary Youngblood, said she'd give a first-hand account, and I'll call father Brad McCoy next week to see how he thinks the scrimmage went.

March 26, 2007

MORE DRILLING

Here are Colt McCoy's comments from mackbrown-texasfootball.com from March 22 concerning the spring drills. Remember, burnt orange spring football culminates this Saturday at noon in the 2007 Spring Jamboree Scrimmage at DKR Memorial Stadium.

_smallUTlogo.gif On practice after spring break: We’ve had two practices in a row, so we’re a little tired, but we’ve had two very strong practices. We had workouts to do individually over break, so we’ve stayed in shape and now we’re back, ready to get better.

_smallUTlogo.gif On how the receivers look: All of the receivers are back so everyone is looking good, and Jamaal Charles is looking good coming out of the backfield. We’re really consistent right now. They all want the ball, and they all can catch it, so if they’re open, they are going to get the ball thrown their way.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the difference he feels from last year: There is definitely a difference, coming back and having a better understanding of the offense. I’m just trying to make the linemen better right now, because if they do well this year, we feel like the offense is going to do very well again.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the line’s progress: The line is improving, and you see that because they’re always working very hard. If they continue to work as hard as they have been, there’s no doubt that Coach McWhorter with have them ready to go. They’re going to make mistakes, everybody is going to out here, but the main thing is that they are making them going full speed, and that’s what counts.

They’re working together well; when you have three spots open [on the line] you are going to have to gel in order to become better. That’s one area they’ve done really well.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the running game: We’ve been in the weight room a lot and we’ve got some tired legs out there, but we really ran the ball well today, so that’s good to see. Chris Ogbonnaya is doing really well. He’s played his role for the last few years but he is coming on really well and going to be a presence out there with Jamaal next year.

March 6, 2007

SCRIMMAGE SPEAK

Just in case you missed this on mackbrown-texasfootball.com, here are Colt McCoy's comments about this past weekend's scrimmage (mb-tf.com photo is from March 3 scrimmage as well).

_smallUTlogo.gif On what he liked about the scrimmage: I thought we did great. I thought the offensive line has come a long way. We still have a lot of work to do, but I was impressed with the way they played together, the way the offense played together, and the defense played great too. Overall, there is a lot of intensity and that’s what you’re looking for.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the running game: Jamaal [Charles] looked great. He looked like a new guy out there today, but that’s also the offensive line out there blocking for him. If we can open up this running game, then the passing game will be fine.

_smallUTlogo.gif coltscrimmage.jpg On if the Alamo Bowl win has carried over to the spring: A lot of it has. We wanted to go in there and win the game because we had lost two in a row. Being able to win that last game is kind of a steppingstone for us right now. We are building off of that, but we still have to keep getting better every day.

_smallUTlogo.gif On if intensity has picked up: It definitely has. Today we started a little bit slow, but we finished strong. I feel like we’re looking good for where we are right now.

_smallUTlogo.gif On practicing in the stadium with the north end zone being gone: The wind definitely blows a lot harder right now without the north end. It works out. I thought we really looked good, and that the coaches called some really good plays to kind of game plan the defense a little bit. It was fun.

_smallUTlogo.gif On John Chiles and Sherrod Harris: John and Sherrod are doing great. They both look good. They threw the ball well today, and John made a few runs that were pretty nice. They’re really coming along.

_smallUTlogo.gif On who is dictating the tempo: Usually the defense can take it to the offense in the spring. They're really not game planning and blitzing as much. They’re going to start blitzing this week and we’re really going to have to be on top of our game. The offensive line is really going to have to step up, because now they’re going to show all of their looks. We’ll see what happens next week.

_smallUTlogo.gif On which players are standing out: Chris Ogbonnaya is doing a great job. Jamaal is getting a lot of carries, but when Chris comes in there, he’s really creating some out routes. He’s doing a great job carrying the football.

_smallUTlogo.gif On Jamaal Charles: He’s definitely working hard in the weight room. We’ve been working together for a long time. We’ve been staying in afterwards and working out together. He has really put on a lot of weight. He looks like a new man.