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April 2, 2007


By Mary Youngblood / Leander, Texas

For those of you who were unable to make the Spring Jamboree in Austin, Texas, on March 31, 2007, you missed a great event.

Due to prior commitments I was unable to get my face painted or jump through the moon walk, but I was able to enjoy the lettermen of past Longhorn generations demonstrate the formations that made their teams famous.

They demonstrated the Wing T and Wishbone formations.

They also introduced to the crowd Longhorn legends Tommy Nobis and Darrell Royal. This was very cool for those of us who grew up on Longhorn lore.

jordanshipleyjamboree.jpg_smallUTlogo.gif Colt played very well in the scrimmage, leading his offense to three scoring drives out of his four possessions. He helped make several explosive plays, the most impressive was a nifty 40-yard pass to set up the first field goal.

He is definitely bigger, stronger and more confident, and he said in an interview with the sideline reporter, Roger Wallace, that he was definitely more comfortable with the offense this year.

_smallUTlogo.gif The offensive line, containing several new starters, got off to a shaky start - having two consecutive false start penalties and several holding penalties. Once they settled down they seemed to play much better. Their pass protection was much more ahead of their run blocking, but I think they will be fine come September.

_smallUTlogo.gifJamaal Charles had a scary moment with a fumble on first and goal, losing yardage enough to take the Longhorns out of a touchdown opportunity. The running game got much better as the scrimmage went along.

_smallUTlogo.gif The new defensive backs played well for the most part, the defensive line was good, and the linebackers made an interception and a sack (both picking on back-up quarterback John Chiles.) Chiles would make up for it by breaking off a long touchdown run on a zone-read keeper.

_smallUTlogo.gif Not to be outdone, Sharrod Harris broke off a very long run for a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

I think this Longhorn team will be very successful in the fall, though they still have much to work on.

Colt is an excellent leader and was very supportive of his teammates as they gave their best try throughout the scrimmage. He gave encouragement to struggling players and high fives to players that made plays -offense, defense and special teams players were all a part of his praise and encouragement.

Though I earned a sunburn, it was definitely worth the 20-mile drive from Leander to Austin to see this team develop by leaps and bounds. Hook 'Em Horns, I am out.

NOTE: The Associated Press photo by Kelly West is of Jordan Shipley making a spectacular catch during the Jamboree.