Post Mortem: Texas Longhorns

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D. Ash53877607
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M. Brown2149044.29
J. Gray1597804.94
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M. Davis5172714.38
J. Shipley5658910.51

In many ways Taysom Hill was a false prophet. No this isn't any disertation on the Morman faith or Taysom Hill's spiritual capacity, no this is an examination of the myths of the Texas football season. If there is a master myth, it begins with Taysom Hill and the Longhorns trip to Lavell Edwards Stadium. Hill ran for 27,000 yards against the Longhorns, or at least it seemed that way. In the aftermath, Texas fired Manny Diaz (he may not have actually been on the flight home from Provo), hired Greg Robinson, and actually had a season that wasn't nearly as bad as some think, or at least thought after Taysom Hill found the promise land so often that night.

Let's crack open the Longhorns and see how it all went down.

 One last time for Mack.

One last time for Mack.

After a 2-2 start the Horns lost three more times; to an Okie State team that was a Belldozier miracle from a BCS birth/Big 12 title, to the greatest Baylor team in the history of Baptist football, and to an Oregon team that many thought, for much of the year, would play for a BCS title.

The Horns did all this with a sub-par quarterback and a mid-stream change of defensive scheme. Still, 8-5 doesn't exactly make the natives feel at ease in Austin. So, Mack kind of had to go. He'll go down along with DKR as Texas legends. He also ruined Big Game Bob's day one last time in October. Fare thee well Mack. Sideline hand clapping will never be the same.

2013 Texas Longhorns Football Schedule

Final Record: 8-5, 7-2 (Big 12)
Date   Opponent Results
Saturday
Aug. 31
Aggies New Mexico State Aggies
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Won 56-7
Saturday
Sept. 7
Cougars at BYU Cougars
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Lost 40-21
Saturday
Sept. 14
Rebels Ole Miss Rebels
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Lost 44-23
Saturday
Sept. 21
Wildcats Kansas State Wildcats
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Won 31-21
Saturday
Sept. 28
--- Open Date
Thursday
Oct. 3
Cyclones at Iowa State Cyclones
Jack Trice Stadium
Won 31-30
Saturday
Oct. 12
Sooners Oklahoma Sooners
Cotton Bowl
Won 36-20
Saturday
Oct. 19
--- Open Date
Saturday
Oct. 26
Horned Frogs at TCU Horned Frogs
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Won 30-7
Saturday
Nov. 2
Jayhawks Kansas Jayhawks
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Won 35-13
Saturday
Nov. 9
Mountaineers at West Virginia Mountaineers
Mountaineer Field
Won 47-40 (OT)
Saturday
Nov. 16
Cowboys Oklahoma State Cowboys
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Lost 38-13
Saturday
Nov. 23
--- Open Date
Thursday
Nov. 28
Red Raiders Texas Tech Red Raiders
Darrell K. Royal - TX Mem. Stadium
Won 41-16
Saturday
Dec. 7
Bears at Baylor Bears
Floyd Casey Stadium
Lost 30-10
2013 Valero Alamo Bowl
Monday
Dec. 30
Ducks Oregon Ducks
Alamodome
Lost 30-7

What went right...

Robinson stabilized the ship.

Manny Diaz was the punch line of the first half of the season. BYU scorched the Horns and Greg Robinson went from consultant to defensive coordinator. Robinson did a great job of using UT's strengths plus mixing in some deception. OU still doesn't know where UT is blitzing from, they only know that somewhere the Horns are bringing heat. From his hiring on, Robinson's defense held all but 2 opponents to less than four yards per carry.

Jackson Jeffcoat earned that money.

Jeffcoat had a monster season. He was the Big 12's Co-Defensive Player of the Year and won the Hendrix award as the nations top defensive end. He and Cedric Reed paired to form one of the most formidable duo's of defensive lineman in the country.

What went wrong...

You gave it your best there Case.

 He did the best he could. I guess.

He did the best he could. I guess.

At some point Case McCoy went from a guy who just wins baby (see the OU game) to a guy who just tries so dang hard. The Longhorns lost David Ash early (here's hoping Ash comes back to play) and went to McCoy. Case had trouble, you know, throwing the ball. That's a bad thing for a quarterback.

What we need here is an identity.

The Longhorns left the 2010 National Championship game and changed course, they recruited a bevy of backs and went from a spread team to a conventional two back lineup. They got rid of Greg Davis, brought in Bryan Harsin from Boise and tried to go with a Boise/Bama mix. Then after, three years of mixed results, the Horns decided to go spread again. 80 plays a game, no huddle, let Major turn the guys loose. Texas won games in 2013 because they could lineup and run the ball at you with Brown, Bergeron, and Gray. Mix in speedster Daje Johnson and UT could plow teams under. Their system just didn't seem to allow for it. 

Help Wanted...

Charlies strong has arrived to usher in a new era of Texas football. The country club days are over, or at least that's the way it seems. Charlie is coming and bringing hell with him. He'll need to direct that fury on the recruiting trail.

PosNat'l
Rank
Nat'l
Rating
Name
School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit DateSigned LOI? Commit School
TE 40 Garrett Gray
(Marble Falls HS)
Marble Falls, TX
6-5/205/4.40 Soft Verbal Texas
WR 25 Lorenzo Joe
(Cooper HS)
Abilene, TX
6-2.5/195/4.60 Soft Verbal Texas
S 14 John Bonney
(Lamar HS)
Houston, TX
6-0.5/175/4.62 Soft Verbal Texas
OG 33 Alex Anderson
(O. Perry Walker School)
New Orleans, LA
6-4/290 01/20/2014
Texas
OLB 21 Edwin Freeman
(Bowie HS)
Arlington, TX
6-2/210 01/16/2014
Texas
TE JC Blake Whiteley
(Arizona Western)
Yuma, AZ
6-5/240 01/07/2014
Texas
RB 33 Kevin Shorter
(Newton HS)
Newton, TX
6-0/180/4.40 08/17/2013
Texas
S 50 Jason Hall
(So Grand Prairie HS)
Grand Prairie, TX
6-2/192/4.53 07/27/2013
Texas
RB 68 D'Onta Foreman
(Texas City HS)
Texas City, TX
6-1/217/4.44 06/27/2013
Texas
WR 20 Armanti Foreman
(Texas City HS)
Texas City, TX
6-0/170/4.48 06/27/2013
Texas
WR 62 Dorian Leonard
(Longview HS)
Longview, TX
6-4/200/4.60 06/13/2013
Texas
OLB 28 Sione Teuhema
(Keller HS)
Keller, TX
6-4/215/4.80 05/30/2013
Texas
CB 92 Jermaine Roberts
(St. Augustine HS)
New Orleans, LA
5-9/160/4.41 04/12/2013
Texas
MLB 36 Andrew Beck
(Plant Senior HS)
Tampa, FL
6-3/220/4.62 04/09/2013
Texas
DT 41 Jake McMillon
(Abilene HS)
Abilene, TX
6-3/255 04/01/2013
Texas
C 6 Terrell Cuney
(Jasper HS)
Jasper, TX
6-3/260/5.40 03/30/2013
Texas
MLB 13 Cameron Hampton
(David W Carter HS)
Dallas, TX
6-2/205 02/10/2013
Texas
WR 56 Roderick Bernard
(Sharpstown HS)
Houston, TX
5-10/170/4.42 01/30/2013
Texas
QB 2 Jerrod Heard
(Guyer HS)
Denton, TX
6-2.5/190/4.59 08/14/2012
Texas
RB 27 Donald Catalon
(Eisenhower HS)
Houston, TX
5-11/195/4.48 08/03/2012
Texas
DE 9 Derick Roberson
(William J. Brennan HS)
San Antonio, TX
6-3.5/225/4.63 08/02/2012
Texas
 The promised one.

The promised one.

The blue chipper is Jerrod Heard, the talented player from Denton Guyer who's been ear-marked by Longhorn fans for almost 3 years now. The Bud saw Heard at state and he's the real deal and could push to start from day one depending on Charlie's comfort with a true freshman. Teddy Bridgewater walked in at Louisville and started, of course David Ash and Tyrone Swopes weren't on campus in Louisville.

Derick Roberson is either a big time prospect or the type of guy that Charlie Strong will beat to a pulp to try and break him of his look-at-me style. Make no mistake Roberson has the talent to play early.

Strong now has to keep a hold of his class, a class that has seen some of its rank poached in recent weeks. Don't fret too much. Strong found a way to get talent to Louisville, a school known for basketball plunked in a state known for horse racing. 

Outlook for 2014...

Can we go ahead and say we have no idea? I think that's responsible journalism. Texas plays UNT, BYU, and UCLA and never leaves the state in non-conference action. Let's say the Horns are 2-1 heading into conference.

UT gets Baylor at home, I'm sure Strong has seen Art Briles' act and is ready to impose his will against the Bears. OU is always the litmus test for a first year coach at UT. There's some thought that one needs announce his presence with authority in that game. Then again, they play it every year, so...you know...at some point one should announce his presence. Circle them all, but highlight UT's trips to K-State, Tech, and Okie State. A win in 2 of those 3 would be super nice for coach Strong's program.

We're still getting used to the sound of that.

Posted on January 28, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Sports.