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Whither Now, Longhorns?

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The Texas Longhorns are just not that good this year. Sure, they managed to get up and play a nearly perfect game against Nebraska, but they also have a penchant for making bad teams look good.

Let’s look at the rest of the completed schedule of the two bad teams that beat us at home.

UCLA
- Lost 22-31 at Kansas State
- Lost 0-35 to Stanford
- Beat Houston 31-13
- Beat Washington State 42-28
- Lost 7-35 to …

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October 24th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thoughts on UCLA-Texas

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First of all, Mack, don’t invite UCLA back to Austin. Second of all, fire Greg Davis and Mac McWhorter. This offense has too much talent to be this bad, and there needs to be some accountability.

And given the number of Longhorn players with hands on their hips early in the game, it may be time for Mad Dog to go as well.

The offense was bad from top to bottom, but it starts with the coaching and play calling. …

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September 26th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Photoblog: Wyoming versus Texas

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Of course, I brought the camera with me last night to get some pictures of the home opener between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns.

We watched the team walk in, but the lighting was such that the pictures didn’t turn out well. The Wife was shooting video, and I suspect that came out better. I’ll play with it next.

Tech Notes: All pictures taken with a Nikon Coolpix P80 and processed in …

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September 12th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Thoughts on Wyoming versus Texas

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Friends, let me introduce you to Texas’ new number one receiver, Mike Davis. We waited through spring practice, the pre-season camp, and five quarters of real play for a receiver to step up as Garrett Gilbert’s go-to guy.

In the second quarter against Wyoming last night, the true freshman did so, catching a 29 yards pass to start the first drive of the second quarter. That drive then stalled for a punt, but a couple of drives later, Davis goes …

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Thoughts on Texas-Rice

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Texas beat Rice 34-17 in a game that was both not as close and closer than it seemed. The Owls slugged it out with the Longhorns, making a respectable appearance and never quite being put away completely. On the other hand, the Longhorns dropped two Pick-Six interceptions and fumbled a punt reception. Two of these directly translated into touchdowns for Rice, leading to a swing of 28 points.

The offense is a work in progress. Gilbert seems to understand his …

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Preview: Texas Longhorns Offense

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In three days, the Texas Longhorns football season opens, and the Garrett Gilbert era begins. While we received a taste of what he brings in the National Championship Game against Alabama, Gilbert has now been working as the starting quarterback since spring practice, and has an offense designed around his traditional, drop-back-quarterback, strengths.

But make no mistake, the Longhorn season rides on the shoulders of Gilbert’s 6′ 4″ frame.

With the departure of Sherrod Harris from the team, true freshman …

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Texas Longhorns Open Practice Photos

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I made it out to DKR-TMS Thursday evening for the Texas Longhorns second open practice. Of course, I took a few pictures.

The big takeaway from the practice was the reminder that Garrett Gilbert has a cannon. The pleasant surprise was that his timing with the receivers was quite good. If we can muster anything resembling a decent running game, the offense will be in good shape.

Technical Notes: All pictures taken with …

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August 13th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Quarterback Changes at Texas

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This morning, Texas Longhorns backup quarterback Sherrod Harris, a fifth-year senior, announced that he will not return to the team this season. He will instead focus on finishing up his corporate communications degree in hopes of graduating in December. Said Harris in the statement released by the team:
I’ve had a couple of tough semesters in school and I really need to get back on track academically so I’ve decided to focus most of my effort on academics for what is possibly my last semester in school. This was a very tough decision because I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on the football field, running out of the tunnel on game day and being a part of the team.
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August 6th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

2010 Season Preview from Inside Texas

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One of the annual rites of each year's upcoming Texas Longhorns football season is the release of the Preview Magazine from Inside Texas. I won't comment on the advertisement for grape flavored vodka, but as usual, Clendon and the guys have put out a quality product. Read the rest of this entry...

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August 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am

A Great Time to be a Longhorn Fan

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Going into the BCS championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns, if you had told me that with four minutes left in the game, we would be down by three points and have the ball, I would have said I liked our chances. If you had told me that we would get there with our true freshman quarterback, I would have told you that you were nuts. After a very ugly first half, most of America thought the Longhorns would be blown off the field in the second half. I'll admit that I was worried it was going to get ugly. Instead, the Longhorns dug deep and were playing for the win late in the game. And while the final score differential as seventeen (thanks for showing your ass, Coach Saban), Texas proved their strength of heart and depth of talent on that field. Read the rest of this entry...