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September 30, 2009

SATURDAY OFF

Not a lot going on in the bye week, of course, but I did find that infamous moustache photo of Colt McCoy on mackbrown-texasfootball.com. Not too bad, really, but he's said it'll never be back. We'll see.

Speaking of mackbrown-texasfootball.com, just in case you missed Colt's remarks in the Monday press conference, here they are:

_smallUTlogo.gif On the off week: It's an opportunity, if you take advantage of it, to really sharpen up on some things. There's a lot of things we can work on and be better at. We've got some guys banged up. They have a chance to get healthy. If you use the off week the right way, it can really help.

_smallUTlogo.gif On using the bye week correctly: It's real easy to slip off and not do that much in the off week, but we've taken advantage of it so far. We had a really good practice today, worked on the run game, worked on a few things that are really going to help us down the stretch. We're using it wisely and hopefully it will carry over. We ended the UTEP game on a good note, and we definitely want to use what we did in that game and carry it into Colorado.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the focus of the off week: We're not getting away from game planning. We start back with conference soon. Colorado is going to come in here with a head of steam, so we definitely have to be ready. We're working on some things that we need to work on, getting some guys healthy; it'll be good for us.

_smallUTlogo.gif On what he has learned about the team through four games: I've just learned that we have a lot of room for improvement. We're not as good as we can be. We're not as close to as good as we can be. We've got a long way to go. We're working really hard. The first four games we learned that we can be really explosive. We've got a lot of talent on our team. When we play together, like we did against UTEP, we've got a chance to be really good.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the team coming together: It's coming together. To be able to play like that against UTEP, the defense gave us a lot of good field position and we were able to capitalize. We need to score more touchdowns in the red zone when we get down there. I think that was probably the biggest disappointment in that game.

_smallUTlogo.gif On getting familiar with the wide receivers: We're starting to get used to the receivers, starting to get used to where they're lining up, where they're playing, what routes they're running, getting more comfortable versus man-to-man, finding little holes in zones. I knew as soon as the season started that it was going to be a work in progress until we really came together because if you look across the board, every receiver is playing a different position than what they did last year. I knew it was going to take time but to play like that and to have this open week to work, to be able to see that and head into conference play, I'm definitely pleased.

_smallUTlogo.gif On how special teams returns energize a team: That's definitely a spark. Any time you have a guy like D.J. (Monroe), Jordan (Shipley) or Marquise (Goodwin) back there that can make plays, you feel like they can score at any point. We truly are a team, and when they can make plays like that, everybody gets energized. It's good.

_smallUTlogo.gif On the team's playmakers: There are a lot of guys who can make plays. My job is just to get the ball in their hands. We're getting better and better at that. We've just got to keep working. I'm really pleased with where we are right now. The open date came at a good time. We have a chance to really work on some things that we need to work on. I'm just ready to get back on the field.

September 28, 2009

OFF, BUT NOT REALLY

Except for that first few seconds on offense, Colt McCoy had a very nice outing Saturday against the Miners.

A few more first half cobwebs were dusted off, and I bet the remaining few will be gone in two weeks against Colorado.

More than 60 points on offese and not allowing any on defense goes a long way in the cobweb-clearing department. And remember ... no matter what you do for a living, you never want to peak too early.

That includes athletics, of course.

And if you've been wearing burnt orange for any time at all, you know when that peak should come each season.

This year it's 11 a.m. on Oct. 17th. A tiny little thing called the Red River Rivalry.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves again here.

I believe the Buffaloes will be coming to Austin on Oct. 10th with a "what-have-we-got-to-lose" attitude and will be as loose as any team the Longhorns have played so far.
I predict that game will be closer than anyone expects.

But we're still getting ahead of ourselves.

Colt and company have this Saturday off.

Normally, that's a good thing, but the energy level has been building each week, so a Saturday watching others play may stifle that somewhat.

Although practicing to get better at specific plays and in specific formations instead of focusing on the specific upcoming team might also be good at this stage.

Healing bumps and bruises on an off weekend is always nice, but to have some extra time to fine-tune the offense (think "Wild Horn") will no doubt go a long way in making the aforementioned RRR turn out better for people south of that river.

September 25, 2009

THE CURE, Part Two

Much of football-loving Texas will be focusing on Houston instead of Austin this weekend, but for the Burnt Orange Nation, hosting their cousins from the most western regions of the state is just what the doctor ordered.

Colt McCoy shouldn't be suffering any remaining symptoms of the flu, and as long as he didn't spread it too much around the team (or even if he did), the Longhorns will be digging deep into the Miners' defense for the mother lode of offensive statistics. Sorry about that, but I'm looking forward to about 400 yards in offense from Colt's passing arm and running legs.

And that doesn't even count Tre' Newton, who has come literally out of nowhere (not on the depth chart), to help take the pressure off of Colt. Or the newly named "Wild Horn" (last year's "Q Package"), where now wide receiver John Chiles lines up in the backfield, Colt goes out wide or stays put and who knows what will happen next. That play generates a lot of excitement, not only with the crowd, but with the players as well. I think it went a long way in building momentum back against the Red Raiders last weekend. Hopefully, we'll see that play a half dozen times or so against UTEP as the 'Horns fine-tune it for down the road.

And, of course, there's roomie Jordan Shipley, who is as reliable to McCoy as Jason Witten is to that Cowboys quarterback, what's-his-name. Throw in receiver Dan Buckner, who has become another nice target from the "flex" position, and No. 12 should have that "big game" people have been talking about.

There may not be 100 passes thrown - as there will be later Saturday night in Houston - but this should be an entertaining game. I'll be watching.

September 23, 2009

IMPORTANCE

On thing about Colt McCoy playing with the remnants of the flu last Saturday is that even though by his own admission he had no energy and "felt weak" that first half against Tech, I do believe his mental faculties appeared intact.

Colt has all these great physical and spiritual attributes that make him the Heisman-caliber player he is. But it's really his head for the game that has put him in the position to win every game. That special gray matter started developing as he stood on the sidelines as a kid watching his dad coach. It's served him well these past three-plus seasons under a national spotlight.

The week before, it wasn't the flu for Colt, but it was the thin air of Wyoming that had him over-throwing his receivers in the first half. Then, lights out after halftime. Football games on Saturday afternoons and evenings may seem to go on for a long time, but the action is fast and furious on the field. There is not a lot of time to make adjustments ... especially if you don't have a head for the game.

I like the way he answered the thinly-veiled "what's wrong with Colt McCoy?" question at this week's press conference: "I feel like we're playing great; we're 3-0. That's the most important thing for me. If I complete one pass a game, but we win that's what everybody remembers. History remembers the wins."

That's maturity. More maturity than some fans (or bloggers) show. If the opposing quarterback has twice the stats you do, but your team wins the game, what could possibly be wrong with that scenario? It's all about winning every game and leading his team to a national championship, gaudy statistics or not. And with the burnt orange defense that's also maturing, Colt and his crew just might have a chance to make it all the way this year.

That said, I suspect Colt might put up some gaudy stats of his won this weekend against UTEP. That might silence some critics. Maybe, maybe not. But really, this UT quarterback was forged on criticism when he took over signal-calling for the reigning national championship team as a skinny, redshirt freshman. And 35 wins and only 7 losses later, nothing to feel weak about anymore.

Which reminds me: note to self - get a flu shot.

September 21, 2009

THE CURE

UPDATE: The Associated Press just offered another explanation for Colt McCoy's first half against Tech - the flu virus that had him down most of the week. According to the AP, after a halftime of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Pedialyte (a hydration drink for children), Colt said he felt much better (he went 15-of-18 in the second half).

There was good news and bad news for both Texas and Texas Tech last Saturday night.

Good news for Texas was they won. Bad news is Colt McCoy had another first half that was uncharacteristically poor.

But more good news for the burnt orange is that the Longhorns can win despite that trend by their QB.

The good news for the Red Raiders was that former Abilene Eagle Taylor Potts can perform under pressure.

He was cool, calm and collected. Not until the second half when the UT defense really started knocking him around did his performance suffer. The bad news for Tech is that Potts, an old acquaintance of Colt's during the Abilene days, can no longer fly under the radar.

But more good news for Tech is that with Potts' arm and a defense that bends but doesn't break, there will be a lot more W's this year.

So, is there something wrong with Colt?

I was going to call his dad, Brad, but I bet he doesn't feel like talking about it anymore than Colt does. The coaches and commentators tried to explain it with the old "trying-to-do-too-much" cliche or suggested he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

I think the answer is that he is over-thinking and thereby neutralizing his natural instincts that have brought him this far.

Why do you say that, Dr. Reagan? Rushing stats are the tell-tale sign for me.

Colt has rushed 24 times for only 46 yards this year. That's less than 2 yards a carry. Bad numbers because of sacks? Yes, but the sacks can come from over-thinking. Instead of taking off and running like he did last year, he waits a second or two more to think of a Plan B, and by then it's too late.

He had almost 200 yards rushing after the first three games last year. Granted, one of those games wasn't Tech, but Colt was minus-3 on the ground against La.-Monroe this season!

I predict this week will be the game where Colt decides to quit over-thinking and just go with the flow - or as he explained it last season - "just have fun."

And if not against UTEP, then certainly against Colorado.

And when Oct. 17th rolls around, I'm sure Colt won't have anymore of this ailment I like to call first-halfitis.

September 17, 2009

DRINK UP

You may have seen this week's issue of Sports Illustrated where Case Keenum and Taylor Potts are on the same page. Nice write-up about Abilene Wylie's Keenum.

The editors missed the whole "what's-in-the-water-out-there?" point, though, and didn't mention that Potts was also from Abilene or that Colt McCoy was from a town just a dozen miles down the road. I think this is a big story.

But, I digress.

Right now, it's Longhorns vs. Raiders - McCoy vs. Potts - in just a couple of days. A nationally televisied audience on ABC at 7 p.m. is going to be treated to one fine college football game.

I've heard the media talk a lot about "revenge," but I don't see that coming out of Austin. I also don't see any "we'll get you again this year" talk coming out of Lubbock.

There could be a bit of "redemption" talk in the air, however. Potts is going to have to deal with UT safeties Blake Gideon and Earl Thomas. You may recall those names. Gideon is the one who dropped what would have been a clinching pick against the Red Raiders last season, and Thomas got beat by Crabtree for the game winner.

I am surprised that Texas has been favored by 16 and a half points. I think it will be closer than that.

And I don't think Nate Newton's son Tre' will have the same success against the Red Raiders he had against Wyoming. But I do believe there will be just about as many points scored this year as last (72 in 2008).

For you factoiders out there, this is also the earliest Texas and Tech have played each other since 1955. It was moved up, of course, because of the prime-time drama it is expected to provide.

Lock the door and turn off your cell phone. You don't want to be interrupted during this one!

September 14, 2009

RIVALRIES

Looks like the Longhorns had a tougher battle against Mother Nature in Wyoming than the Cowboys.

But once Colt McCoy and company figured out they have to do all that football stuff with less oxygen, everything turned out as planned.

Same thing with Taylor Potts and the Red Raiders against Rice - as far as the outcome, that is.

The Longhorns have the Red River Rivalry with Oklahoma, but I believe the "Red Raider Rivalry" this season is going to be just as important as it was last year.

Both quarterbacks are living up to expectations. Potts has thrown 29 more passes than McCoy, but they're about identical with completion percentage - 67.1% for Colt and 66.7% for Potts.

Of course, Potts has more TD throws, 9 vs. 5, but that's a given. Colt's longest for paydirt is 78 this season, while Potts' is 49.

You have to give the "big-game experience" factor to Colt, but "got-something-to-prove" factor goes to Potts.

The former Abilene High signal-caller is no doubt motivated to show the world what he has, and what better way to do it than in front of a nationally televised audience on ABC at 7 p.m. Saturday?

ESPN has even given its nod to the "Red Raider Rivalry" for the second year in a row.
The "Game Day" crew will be in Austin all day long, and I'm sure fans from both teams will find them for the early-morning show.

My household is about split evenly who they want to win - ol' dad's scarlet-and-black alma mater or mom's favorite burnt orange crew.

However, there is a new favorite emerging as far as quarterbacks.

All four of my children have gone to (or are still going to) Abilene Wylie.

We all remember where we were on Dec. 10, 2004 - sitting in front of the television watching quarterback Case Keenum lead the Wylie Bulldogs down the field with 3 minutes left in the game to set up the winning field goal (17-14) over Cuero in the state championship game.

This past Saturday, we were flipping back-and-forth between the Texas/Wyoming game and the Houston game with Oklahoma State.

And after the Red Raiders finish in Austin this Saturday in what should be a hard-fought, close and exciting game, they head to Houston the very next weekend for another tough one against Keenum (55-of-76 and 7 TDs) and the Coogs. The 'Horns host their "cousins" from UTEP that week.

But who's looking ahead? Not me ... well maybe, technically.

Really, I'm just looking forward to all those footballs flying around for the next couple of weeks.

That's my brand of college football, and who woulda thunk all those QBs would be from Abilene and the surrounding "Abilene-o-plex?"

September 9, 2009

Howdy, Ya'll!

The last time anyone in a Wyoming football uniform heard that from a player dressed in burnt orange was back in 1978 (UT won 17-3).

This Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Lone Star State time, the two teams meet again. This one will be on TV, and if you are lucky (like me), you have the Versus channel and will be able to see it.

The Longhorns are 33-point favorites. Actually there's another half-point supposed to be added there, but why be cocky? While looking at the pre-game notes, I see that UT is the highest-ranked team to ever play in Laramie. Don't know if the Cowboys will be awe-struck or not, but I understand their secondary is not too shabby.

Colt McCoy will have to watch out for Shamiel Gary and the Gipson brothers - Marcell and Tashaun. The brothers are originally from Dallas and will have incentive to give our man from Tuscola a hard time. They were part of a 5-interception game last week in the victory over Webber State, but Gary got 3 of those picks.

If this game goes as planned, you probably won't see Colt after the midway point in the third quarter. If Wyoming puts up a struggle, that would be nice, because the very next week is Texas Tech and the 'Horns are guaranteed a struggle - even though the Red Raiders will have to come to Austin.

One more point about Saturday's game. This will be one of the smallest venues Texas will have played in. War Memorial Stadium seats about 30,500. That's going to be quite a "down-sizing" from last week's record crowd of 101,096 in good ol' DKR.

September 8, 2009

ONE DOWN ...

First of all, let me say I'm sorry you don't see the stats and slideshow of the La.-Monroe game yet. We changed servers recently and everything is all bumfuzzled up.

UPDATE: Here's the link to the new slideshow.

Except hopefully you can see this.

What I like to see is the fact that the airmail express from Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley is still as good as ever. That 78-yarder for paydirt was the second longest pass Colt has completed for a TD at UT. The longest, of course, was last year's 91-yarder to Malcolm Williams in Jones Stadium in Lubbock.

And a 72% completion percentage (21-of-29) and only one pick is pretty good as well. Yeah, but La.-Monroe is La.-Monroe, you say back to me. Despite the score, they weren't any push-over, I say back to you. Just ask Colt, who ran 7 times for a total of minus-3 yards. It's tough out there, no matter who you're playing.

But what I like to see the most is what Colt did after his good buddy Sam Bradford of OU was injured. He texted him and prayed for him and wished him a speedy recovery so they can tee it up against each other on Oct. 17. This one is for the real bragging rights. Colt has won one and Bradford has won one of their previous two meetings.

Speaking of bragging rights, and not like I'm overlooking Wyoming or anything, but man, when the Red Raiders and their new quarterback, former Abilene High star Taylor Potts arrive in Austin on Sept. 19th there should be 800 yards through the air that day.

I'm definitely going to see that!

September 3, 2009

WHERE IS IT?

OK, I was looking all over the place for a photograph with Colt McCoy's alleged new moustache and I couldn't find anything but the photo you see here.

I have no idea where that came from or what it was representing or when it was taken or who took it, but I couldn't pass it up. I'm assuming it's all about Colt doing the heavy lifting this season. One thing about it, Colt has always been a good sport.

Just heard the news that means Colt will be more focused than any other quarterback in the Big 12 this season. He only has one class this semester - "Management of Sport, Health Promotion and Fitness."

After he takes that, he'll be able to graduate in December with a degree in sports management.

That's a distinct advantage over the other guys who have to toss the ball around on Saturdays while wondering if they have any math homework.

I always knew Colt would enter the NFL with a college degree. Let me offer you the first of what will be many "congratulations" this season.