Remember that killer zone read play? That split-second decision based on the way the defensive end steps—in and you hand it off, out and you take off? You know, the one Vince Young perfected and Colt McCoy executed nicely?
How about that laser-point accuracy McCoy showed time and again on those slant and hook routes that made Jordan Shipley a star?
Doesn't matter if you do or don't, because plays like that are relics of the past for Longhorn football.
So now Mack Brown and the offensive staff have set out to reshape the familiar and turn the 2010 Longhorns into a run first, run second, and then play action from center third type of unit.
Talk about your Texas-sized tasks.
Offensive schemes like this one are as much a mindset as they are X's and O's in a playbook. From the line sets (which we talked about already), to the use of a fullback, to wide receivers that will get to figure out how to block down on Big 12-caliber linebackers, this is no easy task.
It's a task that better get going quick, because early season games feature teams like Texas Tech and UCLA, followed up by hated rivals Oklahoma and Nebraska. The last two will likely bring the best defenses this burgeoning offense will face.
Can offensive coordinator Greg Davis get this new scheme going so Garret Gilbert can find his comfort level—a comfort level that will allow the young signal caller to guide his team to BCS glory?
With all the factors weighed in, I say no.
If Texas is able to continue its current 10-game winning season streak, which now sits at nine years, they should be happy with that. Because the line between winning and losing in this game can come down to one play, one loss of composure.
When it's all said and done, I believe that Garrett Gilbert will have a good year, but a few timely mistakes will cost his team a chance at a run at a 2010 BCS game.
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