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12/29/2011

All is not well in Austin until Mack finds a QB

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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. 

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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.

MediaManagerGarrett 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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Comments

merritt

With Gray joining the Horns next year should take some pressure off of the QBs, but until Mac decides on a starter and leaves him in the full game they will remain a 8/9 win team. Mac has to works all of his magic and find a true QB out of the HS ranks and get him on the team for next season.

Mike Christian

If Texas is gonna live and die by the option/running game, and play-action passes, Ash might work. But, it will certainly be a departure from past seasons, when a vertical passing game was always a big part of Texas' offense.

I thought McCoy was pretty good, although he had a horrid second half against Baylor. On the other hand, his first half was outstanding. If Texas wants the vertical passing game to match what should be a good running game with a more seasoned offensive line , (and if they wish to still recruit great receivers), McCoy should be the choice here.

Bob

UT has had some very good prospects at QB, most when they see that they may not be starting depart. Under Mac he had Jevan Snead and GJ Kinne, if either had not left in a huff and redshirted one year, they would have been available to step in the Alabama Championship game and save the day. THEN either could have been the starter for two more years. Gilbert would have sat for his first year and given time he might have been a different QB and Mac wouldn't be playing two Freshmen. Mac has two good ones now. Given maturity of the offensive line and the o-linemen that are coming in the line play should be much better next year. I think that Chase will be a better passer next year and will probably start. Unless Ash goes to pro Quarterback School this offseason. The Horns will be better next year. Both Landry Jones and Robert Griffin will go pro now.

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