Well, this is a bummer ...apparently Katy Perry and Russell Brand are on the outs. Maybe. Possibly.
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Really hard not to be impressed by the Texas defense in the Holiday Bowl against California on Wednesday night. UT forced five turnovers. Don't give me the Manny Diaz garbage; the Texas defense has players and athletes everywhere.
The Horns finished the season 8-5. That's a fine record if you are Missouri or Kansas, but five losses should only be the ledger once a decade if you are Texas. This is consecutive mediocre seasons from the flagship school of Texas; it's time for Mack to get his team back to 10 wins or more, now.
But how can he with the quarterbacks that he has? It appears as if he can be no more certain who is No. 1 quarterback is today than he was when the season began. If Landry Jones does not return to Oklahoma for his senior season, although it's rumored that he will, the best passer in the Big 12 next season could be TCU's Casey Pachall, or Kansas' Dayne Crist. I am just guessing Baylor's Robert Griffin will leave early.
The Horns are not going to return to dominating the Big 12 until it finds a real quarterback amid its bevy of five-star, can't-miss recruits.
Garrett Gilbert is gone, Case McCoy doesn't look like he's got it and now neither does David Ash. When you are rotating quarterbacks, you don't have any quarterbacks. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds Ash looks the part, but watching him play this season it looked like he just needs more games. At least. In 174 passing attempts he completed 56.9 of his passes for 1,079 yards with four TDs and eight INTs. But he did come up with a nice TD catch on a pass from receiver Jaxson Shipley last night against Cal.
As good as this UT defense is and likely will be next season, the Horns' offense still lacks pop. Aledo running back and Texas recruit Jonathan Gray had better be all that.
And Mack better hope Ash matures quickly in the spring, or 8-5 will remain a possbility.
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