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Texas Longhorns: Season Preview

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Martin LongCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

Is this the season that the Longhorns rein as National Champions?

With Colt McCoy at QB there is no question that the offense will put up a lot of points.

The offensive line mightn't be the greatest, but with McCoy's ability to make plays out of the pocket, it probably isn't as big a problem as it may seem at first glance.

McCoy led the Longhorns in rushing yards last year. This accomplishment is a bit of two edged sword, It is great that McCoy can run and is mobile, but if I was Mack Brown I would not like to see my star QB, the one person the holds the offense together and put up all those points, come breaking out of the pocket and start running towards 275 pound linebackers.

Hopefully this year Brown will organize a rushing attack more suited for running backs than quarterbacks and McCoy will be able to throw even more.

With Jordan Shipley back for another season McCoy will be able to step up and complete pass after pass to Shipley. His great speed and sure handiness make him such tough guy to cover and was credited last year with a position on the All-Texas state team.

This year the defense is going to be fast, very fast. Some critics seem to believe that after the loss of Brian Orakpo that this defense will fall apart and not be able to pressure the quarterback, but with Junior end Eddie Jones pressure shouldn't be too much of a problem, maybe not as many sacks but the pressure should definitely be there.

At Linebacker Sergio Kindle looks to be a top prospect for the 2010 draft. He reminds me so much of Aaron curry in the way that he moves, he can just break through the line of scrimmage and make great plays. He seems to of found the eqalibrium between strength and speed and it is definately working for him.

With five of the six starting players returning in the secondary the Longhorns will surely be able to boast a better ranking than 104th in pass defense in the country as they did last season.

The main question is still the running game, Brown needs to find a way to get it going, whether it be options, end a rounds or just straight up the gut, it needs to be sorted if the Longhorns want to succeed and bring home that championship this season.

 

That is it, the Longhorns look set for another great season and I am hopeful that this will be the year that they bring home the Big One.

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