The first concept I want to point out to the casual lobo fan is
that larger BCS schools go about when they're hiring assistant
Texas offense will be one that hinges on a person that came from
past. BCS programs (formerly BCS, power conference, playoff
have a steady means of coming and going in the assistant coach
it be assistants being hired away to head positions, like McElwain
at Colorado State, or upgrading program prestige/salary from inside the
college football figureheads are constantly replacing their
and have brand new assistant skeletons almost every other
very successful anyway.
In Texas' case the voluntary coaching camps in the off-season
plus networking sprouting from W-L records, hype, and the
sports networks (what? I like ROOT sports ) resulted in the
Boise State's old 06'-10' OC Bryan Harsin coming
One could take that as a semi-plus when it comes
to interpreting what
the lobos might face on Saturday, but it seems like a double edged
times. Possibly a rusted sword with a very pointy hilt to
hold on to while
you swing it. We know Boise's offense from 06'-10' "the BCS
years and there will probably be a few more things that will ring
true when we
face the Longhorns as well.
What we do with that schematic and how useful it might be
is the big
Boise was known for its balanced attack. They were a pure coin
flip in how they
were going to come at you any given series. Once the game went on,
in a few screw ball trick plays when you thought you adjusted to
shifting momentum at the most advantageous moments late in the
from Texas' game last week with Wyoming, a whole lot of
run-throughs from the
Texas vanilla playbook translates over to some Fiesta bowl '07 and
08' and 09' contests.
Texas is capable of lining up with two tight ends with a power
pulling guards and using multiple backs, or spreading the field
with a pure
four or five receiver spread. Wide receiver bunches lined up right
next to the
tight end and in unconventional groups is probable to
They have a wide variety of looks to throw at you in a "best of
best" type of way. They pieced together what they can do best
down their own top 10 until they find something that works. They
have the depth
for most versions they cherry pick and if you read my last post on
defense, it should come as no surprise.
The practically permanent Mack Brown has
that Texas needs to open up big passing plays in the UNM game in
press questionnaires. Even though coach Davie has echoed some of
that notion in
his own initial press conferences...I have my own suspicious
notions will come to light in a minute, while I take a look at
what Texas has
tucked away in their depth chart.
You can take an abundance of any given noun a lot of different
confusion, celebration, horror, panic, or astonishment to name a
few. When it
comes to football rosters though, it's usually time for reaction
leadership if they're worth their salt. I imagine the Texas roster
gets a lot
of "reaction" from the UNM coaching staff this week.
In a word: Loaded. In two words: Frickin' Loaded
L-O-A-D-E-D and then reloaded some more to shove
board on the way to the stadium. Loaded as in freshman
shoved in the
bus baggage compartment, loaded.
The Texas O-line has a strong argument for the top of the Big 12
returning starters on the verge of losing their green
and topping off the roster with former freshman all-Americans
sophomores. What else can I say really? They're probably one of
lines that our D-line will face, but paper doesn't win football
center position is the point where Texas has the highest
ratio but that's minimal to exploit if exploitable at all.
UNM's line is arguably better suited to handle Texas' power
running game than
WYO did last week but that's only because of senior leadership and
linebacker in the our defensive scheme. We have to show up and
fight them for
sixty minutes with limited help. This will be our D-line's
platform to show
what they can do, and consistency coupled with pressure will be
help out our other departments (secondary, offense, sanity).
Get your money's worth...this might be one of the lone points of
get an eyebrow fluttering. Texas has potential talent waiting in
the wings at
this position but their mostly unproven.
When Colt McCoy went to the NFL, David Ash was
the last QB to
sift through the crater it left on the roster. Eventually he
starter for the Wyoming game. Several other QB's transferred out
programs with McCoy's little brother Case McCoy sitting
the roster (now a Junior). Sophomore David Ash has taken the
thus far and Case (geez, why do some mothers insist on name
multiple children?) McCoy took a grand total of eleven snaps in
2010 and played
in 11 games last year. Although we could hypothetically
see Mack Brown
pull McCoy out for a personnel rope-a-dope, we'll most
likely see Ash
get another start since he's more of a dual threat type than Case.
Ash's biggest problem in his freshman season was his consistency
in the passing
game. He completed 98 of 173 passing (56%) and threw 8 INTs
against 4 TD passes
for a 106.9 quarterback rating. Although not terrible, if you
rating is rivaling local FM radio stations you have some work left
to do. The
strongest benefit for him being plugged into the Texas' offense is
method to stretch the defense with his scrambling threat.
In the WYO game Ash looked to show his improvement going 20-28
doing it mainly in short to intermediate passes. He averaged
5.6yds a catch for
156yds. Not groundbreaking or overly volatile. If anything this
open up the play call for more running plays last Saturday and the
backs stole the show.
If UNM can limit the damage Ash can do with short outlets (or get
passer McCoy if he gets the start), they can put themselves into a
position for doing something that were already pressed to do:
trying to live in
the backfield and stop the running game before it even develop. If
we shake up
the flow of the young (albeit it talented) Ash he may return to
inconsistent decision making ways. Even better if he gives up a
Wide receivers on the Texas roster could also be used as a
cautionary plus for
the UNM game thought they're very capable of burning our secondary
if we leave
them alone for too long. Although they return (Jaxon)
& Goodwin this season neither of them reached north
of six hundred
yards last season. Injuries and minor consistency issues came into
year but don't get it twisted: They're tall (6'1"-6'3") and fast
have the capability to burn our safeties if we don't play good
main gun of this Texas offense is the running game and as odd as
that is for a
Big 12 team, this only flattered the WR's averages per catch when
opponent gets a little too one-dimensional.
A hard shift in formation scheme will warrant UNM to match our
these receivers and we'll have to do a little more with less if
we're going to
make any headway in the number of approaches Texas can throw at
us. We can't
sell the farm every time, but a little help to the D-line might be
throw them off guard in the right situation.
Texas' special teams are having a slight downturn in light of no
true leader in
this receiver core for returns and a generally young long
but their running backs pick up the slack. Both stars from the RB
involved with the kicking game. Speaking of which...
Pay attention...because if you don't read about them now you'll
hear a lot
about them on Saturday. The Texas' offense, with a former Boise OC
at the helm
and river of O-linemen to work with, wants to chisel down a
defense over the
course of a play and over the course of a game. Hopefully after
matching up a
couple blocks to the lobo D-line and LB's with power running game,
their 215 & 230lb, 4.5 40 time, inter-rotating and occasional
RB's to hit them one final time to break a big play.
If that doesn't work they'll try it again. And again. And again.
And by the end
of the game their RB's will look like supermen running over
players. Hopefully not the case, but bending (not breaking) will
be much more
important to stay in this game when facing a pseudo linebacker
football in front of other big guys.
Texas' bread and butter will come from the running game, which
involves a dual
threat quarterback and a three deep of very talented skill
positions. Malcolm Brown/Joe Bergeron/Johnathan Gray all have roles for
power and speed
runners, though Johnathan Gray has yet to live up to his highly
capability. Gray is a freshman but the #1 RB at his position.
Bergeron both ran up over 100yds (with a TD each) during WYO's
spearheaded most of the scoring drives through creating 3rd and
and busting through as many players as they could on the way to
the next play.
This helped them keep the ball thirty five minutes and kept their
They're good and they're deep. They're coming and we should expect
the coach says in the week prior. Period.
Given the information at our disposal you can't blame me for being
a skeptic in
Brown's pre-game thoughts and strategy. When I listen to coaches
speak about other coaches and teams, I keep these facts in the
back of my mind.
Coach Davie is no fool. Temporary bursts of maturity from a
against our secondary is better than Texas trying to flex their
develop seams through our defense over the long haul on Saturday.
does see this game as a warm up for conference, but I don't think
to experiment with young Ash's passing and WR development so
The week after UNM the Longhorns face Mississippi. With Ole Miss
(and their new
head coach) they still have a bit of time to break into the WR
core with SEC
caliber D-Lines to match Texas' front five. I would expect them to
I'm waving the BS flag on the "big play" air raid on offense. That
wasn't Boise's bag and it's not really Texas' either. Here's
to hoping Mack does try to sell pass more rather than
under control and handing off the ball. They're at least familiar
"type" of offense and will be trying to at least match our time of
possession with their own brand of running.
I hope we get good use of our D-line depth (it'll hurt not having
this game) our LB's will need to stick to good tackling technique
to deal with
UT's running backs and for lobo's sake, wear a chip on your
pride. All and all, if we don't give them good field position,
even more easy for them with turnovers and keep the offense and
we'll have a method laid out that can help us win this game.
We're fighting the crowd, the home town cookin' (you know what I
mean), and a
talented team with a few trickeration plays to pull out of their
hat when the
offense gets stale.
You keep fighting lobos and believe in your coaches. They'll tell
you to keep
fighting on and at the end of the day, you just might have a new
hat rack to
hang your helmet on when the smoke clears.