Thursday, July 24, 2008

Texas Longhorns Football Preview '08

Most of the polls have Texas ranked outside of the Top 10. Not a bad estimation, much to the chagrin of the Longhorn Nation. We lost Limas Sweed and Jamaal Charles. That's enough to make any Longhorn fan sweat a little. Especially since Charles won a couple of last season's games by himself. Colt McCoy, our lone returning star on offense, threw 18 interceptions last year.

Foswhitt Whittaker is supposed to be quick and elusive. Which will be essential in the zone read play made famous by Vince Young. Other than Whittaker, Vondrell McGee will look to pick up the slack left by Jamaal Charles. The receiving corp has two dependable receivers in Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley but won't threaten the secondary deep. Redshirt freshman Malcolm Williams will have to fill that void. Overall, the Texas offense just doesn't seem like a dangerous offense to face off against. There isn't that dynamic player that can score from any point on the field.

On defense, it doesn't look any prettier. The defense ranked 70th in pass efficiency defense and 109th in average passing yards allowed. Combine that with the fact that Texas might be relying on three redshirt freshmen at safety and new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has a long season ahead of him.

Texas will face off against nine 2007 bowl teams and five opponents who ranked in the top 17 in passing offenses last season. In my opinion, Top 20 might be a little too high for Texas and I certainly don't think Mack Brown will extend his streak to eight straight ten win seasons.

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