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The Longhorns return every starter on the offensive side of the football, and that figures to make for an efficient unit with a veteran quarterback running the system in junior David Ash.
Surrounded by a great deal of talent, as long as the offensive line holds up well, Ash and the Texas offense should thrive against New Mexico State's defense—a unit that gave up 39.4 points per game in 2012.
Remember, wide receiver Kendall Sanders will miss this game due to suspension.
Against one of the FBS' worst, the 'Horns offense should look productive. It will be far from a well-oiled machine, but Texas simply has too much talent and speed not to explode for big numbers.
Total Offense: 500 yards
Passing Yards: 290 yards
Rushing Yards: 210 yards
Points Scored: 52
Ash will have a productive night and will take advantage of all of his weapons. Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray will lead the charge in the backfield, but Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Daje Johnson will all have significant impacts. In fact, Gray may be the least-favored of the four to score a touchdown.
Junior receiver Jaxon Shipley may sit out this weekend while he continues to recover from hip surgery, but Ash will have senior Mike Davis to throw to, a connection that can only get better as the season progresses.
Davis will be good for at least 100 yards and a score, if not two.
In the turnover game, the Longhorns were one of the better teams in protecting the football, and we will see that ball security come through again.