In college football, there are always certain athletes that just stand out above others. These players jump off the screen, and you can easily point them out. When Vince Young was in burnt orange, he literally looked like a man amongst boys. USC, another team that fills its rosters with NFL talent didn’t have a hope in hell of stopping Vince that day. Alabama has won multiple national titles recently by having men on the offensive line, wearing down the SEC and opponents in a punishing way. As Mack Brown and UT climb their way back to the top, they will probably need a player or two that jumps off the screen that has all world talent. And if you now have the Longhorn network and watched their game you might have noticed a player.
Texas rolled out their new offense on Saturday night, and the 1st half was mostly a dud. Then Ash threw a touchdown pass to John Harris, to tie the game at 7. On the next drive before halftime, Daje Johnson took a quick pass 66 yards for the touchdown. Next series, Daje took a handoff 24 yards for a touchdown. It wasn’t so much at how fast Texas scored, but how fast Daje ran to the end zone. Every UT fan knew Daje had world class speed, but nobody had any confidence that Daje would get the amount of touches to make an impact.
Not only did Daje get the touches, but they came naturally. Before Daje, their was a WR/RB tweener with world class speed named DJ Monroe. The offensive coordinator before this, Brian Harsin had trouble getting DJ the ball. Even when DJ did get the ball, it felt forced. New coordinator Major Applewhite not only got Daje 9 touches, but he did so within the flow of the game, flow of the offense. Daje took these opportunities and made the most of them, creating his own highlight reel. Daje was such a force on the field that when he lined up in the slot, the defense rolled his way. This allowed Malcolm Brown to score on a 74 yard screen pass, since the defense was so concerned with Daje on the other side. Daje not only scores when he touches the ball, but he became that X factor that UT needs during Saturday’s game.
It’s only 1 game of Daje’s sophomore season, but if Daje does indeed live up to my expectations, he might be the guy that brings Texas back. Somewhere in the stands, the ghost of DJ Monroe is smiling.
For weeks now Texas A&M has stood behind their heisman trophy winning trouble maker Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football thanked them for it on saturday, by beating Rice and by mocking this entire ordeal. If their was any doubt to Johnny’s innocent, he put that to rest with the money hand sign, and a few fake autographs in the air. That’s right, in the 1 half of football he was allowed to play in, Mr. Kardashian took it upon himself to give A&M and the NCAA the finger. If you’re not a fan of the Aggies you had to laugh at his brashness, and if you’re the NCAA and Texas A&M you have to just pray this headache goes to the NFL in a few months.
For those hoping the Johnny Kardashian show would end once football started, saturday must’ve been a headache. For those like myself that enjoy a good soap opera, you probably grabbed a cold Shiner and enjoyed the train wreck. It’s only fitting that not only did Johnny Football not show respect during the half of game he’s allowed to play, he’d draw a taunting flag, point at the scoreboard to Rice players, and show the world with his hands that he does indeed love the money.
Time will tell how much Coach Kevin Sumlin can put up with this headache, but if he wants to win he’s going to have to. Rice had A&M on the ropes until Manziel was released from time out, and might have pulled off the upset if the NCAA thought Manziel was black. I for one am glad the NCAA slapped him on the wrist, or else Manziel might have actually learned his lesson, and humility. Instead, the kid that has never been punished, and probably never told no lives on, and we all get to watch the dumpster fire.