Let's face it, the 'Horns just are not that good right now. It's as simple as that.
Yes. They will improve (they must improve). In doing so, they will have a shot at a major bowl (perhaps a BCS bowl with major improvement).
No team with one (1) back-up true-freshman quarterback is MNC material. No team with holes in its defense is MNC material. No team with three (3) true freshmen back-ups in the offensive line is MNC material (unless those freshman are all world-beaters, which is doubtful).
However, if the offense sputters (especially in the red-zone) against stronger opponents, and 'Horn fans (some of whom feel as though they are entitled to win every football game Texas plays) become restless and demand more offensive production, will Mack pull an 'Applewhite' on Colt?
If you think this question is far-fetched, check-out this blip from the AAS on 09/07/07. The writing is on the wall...
The next Vince?
Texas freshman quarterback John Chiles has yet to play a down, but he's already drawing impossible-to-live-up-to comparisons to Vince Young. The latest came Thursday from Cleve Bryant, Mack Brown's right-hand man for operations, in a speech to the Austin Longhorn Club on Thursday.
"John Chiles, in my opinion, is ahead of where Vince Young was as a freshman," Bryant said.
Of course, Vince didn't play his freshman year. He redshirted. And Chiles, who was elevated to Colt McCoy's primary backup after Harris was injured in preseason drills, did not play last week against Arkansas State.
"He's really making progress," Bryant said of Chiles. "He will make some contributions before the end of the season."