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11/13/2012

Dispelling the University of Texas QB myth

Andrew-Luck-StanfordFrom the Things My Little Brain Can't Comprehend File - The University of Texas continued inability to land the Grade A quarterbacks. Or at least the following ...

Andrew Luck - Stanford 
Robert Griffin III - Baylor
Chase Daniel - Missouri
Graham Harrell - Texas Tech
Andy Dalton - TCU
Kevin Kolb - Houston
Todd Reesing - Kansas (OK, I'm a KU grad so I had to throw this one in here)
Now add to the list Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M

Since Mack Brown arrived in Austin in 1998 to effectively turn the University of Texas into Wal Mart, he has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. Mommies and daddies love them some Mack.

There is growing sentiment that he has not landed consistently landed the best players at the most valuable spot. It's simply not entirely true.

Since Mack arrived he has had ...
Major Applewhite
Chris Simms
Chance Mock
Vince Young
Colt McCoy
Garrett Gilbert
David Ash

These guys aren't stiffs.

1469336_display_imageMuch of the perception that UT has whiffed on QB's would be dramatically different had Simms' UT career arced just a bit higher, and Gilbert developed into the player so many thought he would. One Division I head coach told me of Gilbert that after he arrived to college "this was not the same player (he) saw in high school."

Mack has found good quarterbacks, two of which were outstanding (VY, Colt). The problem for Mack is that while he lands the best recruiting classes in the country, QBs from all around him routinely go elsewhere and to win Heisman trophies.

The Horns are 8-2 and sophomore QB David Ash has passed for 2,354 yards with 17 TDs and 5 INTs. Hardly horrible. Much like Colt McCoy, Ash does appear to be at least developing.

It is, however, really hard to look good when you aren't RGIII, Luck or Johnny Football.

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Comments

dave

UT did recruit R. Griffin - to play receiver, just like every other major college. University of Houston wanted him for QB, and when Briles moved to Baylor, RG3 went there. Manziel was NOT expected to start at A&M - a kid named Showers was supposed to be the starter. A&M had a three way competition for QB, and Manziel was the surprise winner. Is Sumlin smart for choosing him, or dumb for not naming him the starter earlier? Luck wasn't coming to UT to sit behind Colt for 3 years. Gilbert was national player of the year in HS. How many QB's were going to come to UT after he commited?

DarthRaider

Thanks Dave for restating the article in your comments. Keep up the good work

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