Category Archives: University of Texas
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.
Once upon a time, Texas and Mack Brown commanded the respect of the college football world. Every season UT would start the year ranked in the top 10, and every year UT would compete for a Big 12 and possible BCS title. Mack and the horns earned this respect by winning Rose Bowls, beating Ohio State in the shoe, taking back the Red River Rivalry, and winning a national title. Then, as everybody now knows, the wheels fell off and Texas had a disaster of a season, going 5-7 in 2010. Ever since Mack and UT have been trying to rebuild the ivory tower, and the reputation of Longhorn football.
This preseason has been a huge reminder of how far Texas football has fallen. The Longhorns return 19 starters, with the majority of them having at least 2 seasons of starting under their belt. With as many highly recruited starters on this team, and with so much experience on this roster, you would think the Longhorns would easily be a preseason top 10 team. Well, UT is sitting at around 11-15 in the polls, and the Big 12 media picked them to finish 4th in the conference. The Big 12 is always a deep conference, but every school except for UT and TCU are replacing many starters, including QBs. Even with the Big 12 wide open nobody is picking Texas to take the conference back.
Now don’t get me wrong, the media and “experts” have noticed all the talent coming back for UT. Every one of them say the same thing, they should be good, but they’ve got to show me they’re back. Mack Brown has always pointed to this season as the season to be “back”, but had this to say about this season: “Now we’ve got to shut up and do it”.
March madness is upon us, that’s right the NCAA men’s basketball tourney is here. The best playoffs in sports is about to kick off, and sports fans across America are filling out their brackets, looking to pick the right upsets, wondering what team can survive the tourney. Some of the biggest schools in the nation are in the big dance, and then you’ll see some of the small no name schools who also punched their ticket.
What you won’t see, in any of your bracket is a team from the state of Texas. That’s right, not one single team from the lone star state is in the big dance. No Longhorns, no Aggies, Bears, or even a small school like UTSA or Sam Houston State. The schools in Texas really dropped the ball this season, a big reason why we’ve pretty much ignored college basketball this season, apparently so have the Athletic Directors in the lone star state.
So Texans have fun this March, fill out those brackets, and look on the bright side. At least you don’t have to pick your alma mater to win a few games in your bracket you know they have no chance of winning, now you can have a clear head and no ties to any of the schools as you try and dominate your office pool. As for all you Universities in Texas, get your act together, it’s hard to have state pride in March when not one of you even make the round of 64.
Myck Kabongo has been sitting on the sidelines all season, waiting for the NCAA to let him play. Wednesday was that day, and he came back just in time. Myck scored 13 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds to spark UT to a hard fought double OT win at Iowa State. Sheldon McClellan scored all 10 of the horns points in the 2nd OT to push Texas to victory, giving Texas their 3rd Big 12 victory this season. Time will tell if Myck and the horns can salvage this season, or if it’s too little too late.