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September 29, 2008

WHAT WE KNOW

So, a third of the way through the regular season, what do we know so far?

Well, one thing ... if Colt McCoy is the leading rusher for UT in any particular game, the Longhorns will win that game by a score of 52-10. If I were Greg Davis, I'd call a bunch of quarterback draws against Colorado.

The other thing is - Colt has the second-best quarterback rating in the nation at 209.71. The only QB ahead of him is David Johnson of Tulsa with a 227.22. The rest of the top 5 are from the Big 12, of course - OU's Sam Bradford (209.05), Missouri's Chase Daniel 193.39) and OSU's Zac Robinson (192.35). Tech's Graham Harrell is way down at 21st on the list (153.62), but don't let that fool you. The Red Raiders are having a great year running the ball. Harrell is good - third best in the Big 12 behind McCoy and Bradford.

Of course, Colt and the Longhorns have to face the Buffs' Cody Hawkins (55th, 129.83) next, but I don't have to worry about looking ahead ... which is what I'm going to do with the Sooners.

Some people (mostly Aggies) say Colt's nemesis is some kind of Aggie jinx. He'll break that this year, BTW. But right here, right now, I say any potential nemesis is wearing a No. 14 red jersey, and his last name is Bradford. The Horns should've taken that game against OU into overtime last year, and then who knows what might have happened. Instead, those Red River yankees won, 28-21.

Colt and Sam were thisclose in performance. Colt was 19-of-26 for 324 yards and two TDs, while Sam was 21-of-32 for 244 yards and three TDs. What was the difference? Well, in addition to an untimely lost fumble late in the game, Colt was sacked four times to Sam's just once.

Oh, one more thing we know about this season so far ... no way is Colt going to be sacked four times in one game again.

September 28, 2008

52-10, OF COURSE

Anyone else think it's a little weird that three of the four final scores for the University of Texas games have been the same? What are the odds of that?

Colt McCoy personifies what I like about 2008 Longhorn football. It's fun to watch ... kinda like a Texas Tech game.

More Monday ...

September 25, 2008

TRY THIS AT HOME

One more game before it all starts to count, so Texas needs to do more of what they did in last week's game against Rice.

Mix it up with Colt McCoy and John Chiles both on the field at the same time. That "Q" formation (when both are in) hasn't been used that much, but I bet we see it more in the friendly confines of DKR Memorial Stadium against the Razorbacks.

I'd especially like to see this play:

Chiles lines up left as wide receiver. Colt hands off to Chris Ogbonnaya who heads left to meet Chiles, whom he tosses the ball to on a reverse headed right. Meanwhile, Colt limps toward the left sideline with a pained look on his face. Everyone else is going right until Chiles stops in his tracks and throws to a now open Colt sprinting down the sideline.

This would be a great play for just outside the red zone.

OK, I know. They'll never run that in a million years. Well, how about actually throwing to Colt when he lines up out there as he did against Rice.

Or better yet, with the unfortunate injury to Blaine Irby, try Chiles at tight end ... and, of course, throw to him.

If nothing else, line them up in the "double shotgun" I've been begging for since last year. Ogbonnaya could either be spread out as a wide receiver or actually behind the two QBs in an "upside-down T." Think of all the fakes that formation would provide before someone darts through a hole caused by confused defensive linemen.

Hey, it could happen!

September 23, 2008

... AND HAVE FUN!

Don't know if you noticed or not, but most of the photos from the Rice game of Colt McCoy all feature him running.

Everything available from the Associated Press with him in the shot features his leg skills, not his arm skills. Quite a change from last year, and that may bode well for the rest of the season.

Below are Colt's quotes from the Monday press conference. You can tell he is enjoying himself, and I expect the runnin' and gunnin' and havin' funnin' to continue in the Arkansas game.

And that's good. Even though there will no doubt be pockets of "fun" once the Big 12 schedule hits, the stress and pressure that rears its ugly head while playing against equally strong teams always takes its toll - both physically and mentally.

Fun is good. Look at Tony Romo. Colt evidently enjoys doing what's he's doing just as much as the Cowboys' QB does. And don't let the naysayers fool you - that style of play can lead you to the promised land as well.

_smallUTlogo.gif On preparing for Arkansas for a second time: We'll just use that extra week. They had that same extra week of preparation that we had. We'll just go back to work on them. Fortunately for us as an offense, structurally Rice and Arkansas do the same thing; they line up the same way. Obviously they have different blitzes, different coverages but when you line them up on film they look similar.

_smallUTlogo.gif On he and Jordan Shipley playing at a high level together: It's fun. We throw the ball around so much. When we go back home or anytime, we always carry a football. We've always talked about throwing touchdowns all the time, so being able to do that is fun. Being able to have him out there, I know where he's going to be all the time. He does a great job of just getting open. When the ball's in his hands, he's going to make plays. It's a lot of fun.

_smallUTlogo.gif On his flea flicker pass to Shipley: That's the hardest throw there is, that's the hardest catch there is. When there's nobody around, throwing versus the air. I would much rather throw the first touchdown that I did to him, that's a much easier throw to make even though it doesn't look like it. At the same time, when he's running that wide open you don't want to short arm it or throw it over his head.

_smallUTlogo.gif On his touchdown run against Rice: I surprised myself. I just wanted to score, that's all that happened. I appreciate Jordan pushing the guy into me, that made it look a little bit better I think. I just ended up scoring somehow.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the 99-yard touchdown drive: We didn't have that good of field position in the first half against Rice, but that makes a huge statement. That wears the defense down so much. Being able to come off the goal line, we made two or three third-down conversions in the drive, so being able to sustain a drive like that, keep a defense off the field, that helps our team. When you can drive 100 yards and get points that helps, too.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the success he's had so far in his career: There have been so many great quarterbacks to come here. I'm playing behind probably the best ever in Vince (Young). To be able to have the success that we're having is a blessing. That goes back to my coaches, to my teammates, all the guys that I've played with before. I just want to win. I think that's the most important category for a quarterback is how many wins you have, and that's all I want to do.

_smallUTlogo.gif On if he ever thought he would be the all-time leading touchdown passer at Texas: You dream about those things as a kid and now some of those things are coming true, and I have another year to play. My eyes are looking forward, they're focused on Arkansas. Like I said, the plan is to win.

_smallUTlogo.gif On losing TE Blaine Irby: It's a tough loss for Blaine, Blaine's a great friend. We feel sorry for him but we've got to move forward, and he would say the same thing. We've got to find a way to win, and I think we'll be fine. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing, execute, we have full faith and confidence in the coaches to have a plan. We'll be ready.

September 21, 2008

HELLO, I'M COLT

I like the look on Colt McCoy's face in the Harry Cabluck photo from the Associated Press right after he plowed into a Rice defender on his way to a touchdown in the 52-10 victory Saturday.

It's as though he's saying, "Please don't get in my way again." You notice, Colt said "please" because he's a nice guy.

The defender on the right looks as though he's saying, "Oh no, you didn't just do that to my bud."

I wish I could see the expression on the defender Colt just smashed into (Sendejo). He's probably thinking something like, "Hey, I thought you were a quarterback."

Anyone who still questions Colt's toughness after that play and a couple of other gutsy runs is just in a state of denial.

September 18, 2008

RICE ON THE MENU

Don't know how much the "brainiacs" at Rice will be motivated by being referred to as a "warm-up" game, but I bet they'll put up a big fight for at least 2 or 3 quarters.

They always do, but then they generally get covered up by the main dish - a heaping serving of beef.

The Longhorns will host the Owls at 6 p.m. Saturday, and for those of you with the right cable or satellite provider, you can see it on Fox Sports Network.

BTW: There was a Colt McCoy sighting in Abilene this past weekend. His little brother Chance plays for Abilene Christian University, and the Wildcats hosted Texas A&M Commerce in a wild, 45-14 victory. Chance made his first appearance for 2-0 ACU, but he didn't crack the box score.

BTW2: Here's what Colt said about Rice earlier in the week:

_smallUTlogo.gif "They're really good. They have the same coaches from last year, so we can kind of watch the film from last year and see what they did against us. But we just have to have a good week of practice. Like I said, they play the same type of structure as Arkansas, so last week's preparation will almost be the same for (Rice). They have a pretty good secondary. They have a lot of guys coming back, so we'll just have to be on point."

_smallUTlogo.gif "I watched it (last year's Rice game) the other day. I watched myself playing, thinking why did I do some things like that. We caught a lot of lucky breaks last year. I think we threw four touchdowns but at the same time, there were some bad throws. You can use that as a learning tool. I'm sure we'll run a lot of the same stuff. We just have to be on point and stay consistent."

September 10, 2008

DON'T LIKE IKE!

Because of the approaching hurricane Ike, Saturday's game with Arkansas has been postponed until Sept. 27th.

It'll probably be raining pretty heavily in Austin on Saturday, so this is a good call for all concerned.

However, I hope it doesn't break Colt McCoy's rhythm. He was definitely in the groove, and four warm-up games before Colorado would've been better than three. It's now just the Rice Owls between the Horns and the Buffs.

Oh, well ... let's just hope Ike runs out of steam before he hits Texas and/or Louisiana.

September 7, 2008

MINING ANOTHER 'W'

If they handed out report cards for games, I'd have to give Colt McCoy an "A-minus" for last night's nightcap against the Miners of UTEP.

Of course, he got an "A-plus" last week against FAU, so ... for this semester he is averaging an "A." Can't complain about that.

His only blemish in the 42-13 victory was that interception on a pass play that is a "sure thing" for Quan Cosby, but sometimes a little "iffy" with anyone else. Prior to that he came close a couple of times to throwing a pick. But not bad for someone playing past his bedtime. Seven TDs and one INT so far. Not a bad ratio.

The Horns play their first "Tier 1" team next weekend when Arkansas comes to town. Of course, the Razorbacks are a shell of the team they were in 2007, and they've had to rally late in their first two games this year to steal wins against "Tier 3" teams (Western Illionois and Louisiana-Monroe).

Texas returns to the "normal" time and place for a college ballgame - 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC. That's more like it.

Colt is hitting 75.8 percent of his passes for more than 500 yards, and he is scrambling better and wiser than anytime in his career.

He's making the grade just fine, and for the maturity level he's showing, I'm also giving him a big checkmark next to "citizenship."

September 4, 2008

TAKE TWO

This will be my first "live" look at Colt McCoy this season. Thank you, ESPN2 (9:15 p.m. CST).

You gotta give the Miners some props for a clever T-shirt (below), but I think a big ol' burnt orange brand is going to be on the other mascot.

_uteput.jpgFollowing is the game capsule from the Associated Press. Here's what the AP says about the game in a nutshell: "Another tune-up for heavily favored Texas before the start of the Big 12. For Texas-El Paso, it's the biggest game in program history -- by far -- and an upset would pull the Miners out of the shadows of the Franklin Mountains."

Key Matchup

Texas DTs Roy Miller and Aaron Lewis vs. UTEP center Robby Felix. Lewis is getting the start in place of suspended Lamarr Houston. He and Miller will work against Felix, who was on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation's top center. If Felix gets pushed around, it will be a long night for UTEP.

Players to watch

Texas: QB Colt McCoy, who passed for more than 200 yards and ran for more than 100 in season-opening win over Florida Atlantic. He and Vince Young are the only Texas QBs to have multiple 200-100 games in school history.

UTEP: QB Trevor Vittatoe, who threw three interceptions in season-opening loss to Buffalo after throwing just seven in 2007.

Facts & Figures

_smallUTlogo.gif When these teams last met in the 1930s, UTEP was still known as the College of the Mines.

_smallUTlogo.gif Texas blocked a punt last week, its first since 2006. Even with that drought, the Longhorns have blocked 49 kicks since 2000, the most in the nation over that span.

_smallUTlogo.gif New Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp might be the most entertaining Longhorn to watch. The animated and fiery Muschamp got a bloody face last week when he accidentally cut himself on the left cheek during the game.

September 2, 2008

OFFENSIVE, FOR SURE!

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Not only did Colt McCoy have a great start to 2008, he joined Vince Young in an elite Longhorn list of two.

Both he and Young have run for 100 yards and passed for 200 in more than one game. That's two for Colt and 5 for Vince. Maybe Colt will tie his "old" mentor before the end of the season.

I suppose you've heard that Colt was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against FAU last Saturday. Even though he didn't get as many passing yards as Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, he was indeed impressive in all facets under center.

I bet Colt's hot hand follows him to El Paso. The "step-brother" school has no problem playing tough against the 'Horns, but I can't believe they'll stymie Colt and company that much.

Colt is already sixth on UT's all-time total offense list. Just think about who is on that list and where Colt will rank on it at the end of the season.