Enjoy the little things in life. Texas' Alamo Bowl victory was a good win over a good team. Take it for what it's worth. The first half was hard to watch, but Texas finished strong with a memorable final drive.
Mack has always emphasized playing seniors. It's nice to see seniors excel in their final games. Marquise Goodwin and Alex Okafor both played the best games of their Texas careers. Okafor finished with a Watt like 9 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The much maligned Texas defense had 10 sacks. That's a season at some programs.
Marquise Goodwin had a long touchdown run and a clutch touchdown catch on a deep hitch and go. I will always remember Marquise's kick off return to clinch the 2009 TAMU game. It's nice to see the young man go out on top. I expect him to blossom in the NFL.
David Ash was asked to run, and his game improved dramatically in the second half. David is making strides and he's headed in the right direction. Off schedule touchdown throw to Johnathan Gray, tough touchdown run, and a clutch, perfect throw to clinch the win.
Other Longhorns also flashed. Diggs played a complete game on defense and special teams, Peter Jinkens had a pick, Ced Reed was disruptive all night, Shipley was clutch, Johnathan Gray had a big touchdown and played tough all night.
Texas now has something to build on and something to sell recruits. A bowl win is a bowl win. Spring ball should be more intense with Major Applewhite barking at the team. If the players buy in, 2013 could return Texas back to prominence.
Texas has offered 2013 JUCO QB Nick Marshall. Marshall will visit Texas on January 18th. I expect Marshall to sign with Texas.
Decisions are looming for Texas remaining targets. Desmond Harrison and Andrew Billings would be huge additions. After watching the OL last night, Harrison is essential for Texas to be successful next year.
It's a quiet period of recruiting right now, but I expect Texas coaches to hit the trail hard. New targets should emerge soon.
Bask in the victory, let the discussion begin.