With the regular season now officially at the half-way point I thought it a good time to hand out some meaningless grades for each position for the 'Horns.
Get ready to jump into oblivion.
Head Coach: A What more do you want from your head coach? We've won all the games. He's kept the player's heads on straight. The team as a whole has made good half-time adjustments, and like I said earlier, the Longhorns are undefeated.
Offensive Coordinator: B I find that most Longhorn fans despise Greg Davis for various reasons, but the fact remains that Texas continues to field one of the best offenses in the nation year in year out. I know there are those who feel that our talent should behoove us to score 183 points every single game, and the only reason we don't is the horrible play calling of Davis. The offense did not look good at the RRR, but I cannot put a whole lot of blame on Davis. The continued inconsistency of the offensive line has really hampered what our offense can do this year.
Defensive Coordinator: A+ This is the best coached Texas defense I have seen in my lifetime (started really following in 8th grade, 1995). The run defense has remained stout despite facing stronger running competition. The linebackers actually make tackles, and the DB's are still realizing their full potential. Pay Will Muschamp whatever he asks.
Quarterbacks: B- Colt has not looked the same. I believe there are several factors at play here. 1. The offensive line continues to play like a group of guys who have never played together. 2. Because of the lack of protection Colt has been locking on to receivers more than I can remember since 2006. 3. We've been running this short route, no run game, quick passing attack for two and a half years now and defenses are starting to devise ways to defeat it. I believe that as the offensive line goes so goes Colt and the offense.
Running Backs: B Vondrell has been solid but continues to carry nagging injuries which has kept him from building on a solid opening couple of games. Newton looks really comfortable in our scheme, but hasn't been able to build on his good two game stretch because of a mild concussion. Fozzy Whittaker is our most explosive back, but is just getting going this season because of reoccurring knee injuries. Cody Johnson, the fall camp starter, has just gotten back into the mix because of an early injury that caused him to fall back behind the other four guys. Then there is DJ Monroe who has looked explosive against non-BCS competition, but hasn't been a meaningful part of the offense since week 2. Overall, just a bunch of oft injured backs who can't seem to get into any sort of rhythm. However, when there are holes to run through they look good. For Fozzy, he's been able to get to the corner even when there isn't a hole available. I think we can be successful with a mix of any of these guys IF the offensive line can get it together. (Are we seeing a recurring theme here?)
Wide Receivers: C+ It's hard for me to give the group as a whole a grade any higher than slightly above average. Shipley has been playing at an All-American level. Buckner has been a pleasant surprise at the flex TE position when they let him run a route other than a five yard hook. Marquise Goodwin had a great catch and run for the winning TD yesterday. And that's about it for the positives. This was supposed to be one of the strong points of our team, but as a group, they have not produced. Inconsistency, miscommunication, dropped passes, and sulking heads have plagued the other receivers who get playing time. I don't need to name names. Okay, maybe I'm being too negative on the other guys. Never mind, I thought about it, and I'm not.
Tight Ends: NA I'm not really going to give EBS a grade for his two safety valve catches against OU. He did catch the ball though. That's got to merit some sort of improvement.
Offensive Line: D We knew this group was not going to be full of consensus All-Americans, but it was thought that because of their experience, they would play as a good unit. Hix, Tanner, Huey, and Snow have not looked like experienced BCS conference linemen. A lot of people blame their failure on the zone blocking scheme. I am of the position that players need to be held responsible for what they do on the field. If these linemen cannot run the scheme properly, then we need to either lose the zone blocking scheme as a whole, or start recruiting some linemen who can block properly in it. The offensive line has not consistently controlled the line of scrimmage in any game save UTEP (I guess they did okay against ULM). This lack of control has caused the whole offense to stutter. The lack of time to throw has made Colt look human. The lack of holes in the run game has resulted in Greg Davis abandoning it for long stretches of the game. Frustrating. Thinking about this makes me want to take a break. I'll finish the defense later.
I've added a poll for you to vote for the most frustrating thing so far this season.
What has been the most frustrating thing about the 2009 Longhorns?
Offensive Line incompetence (58 votes)
Greg Davis' playcalling (30 votes)
WR inconsitency (6 votes)
Lack of a true go-to RB (4 votes)
We've won all the games. I'm not frustrated. (12 votes)
110 total votes