The struggles we have had on defense this year are probably a concern for many Texas fans. The biggest embarrassment we have had is the opposing Q.B. running free through our secondary. But I don't see that happening in Dallas. Blake Bell is a running q.b., but he is a bruiser style runner. While I don't know against T.C.U., but before that game, his longest rush was 15 yards. Truth be told, Trevor Knight would be a scarier threat running from the q.b. position. He's the fast one who gets down field in a hurry. This has been our Achille's heel. I don't think it's a big factor Saturday. Bell seems to have a descent arm. This isn't a q.b. that is a game breaker. He hasn't proven to put a team on his shoulders and deliver them to the end-zone on sheer will. He does have capable receivers to throw to. Our secondary needs to keep the ball in front of them. We can't afford to give up the big play over and over. Whoever plays at linebacker this week are gonna have to step it up as well. We need to get pressure from the defensive line and free up the line backers to drop into coverage when needed or make the play on the running back. This all sounds great in theory. But our entire defense has to wrap up on tackles. If we can't tackle, the rest becomes irrelevant. I know that it's cliche, but we need a bend but don't break game plan.
Our biggest problem on offense is the injury of David Ash. With our q.b. out, we need to deliver a healthy dose of Johnathan Gray. He should have 20 carries or more every game, no exceptions. Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron should get their reps. as well. We will have to keep it honest with some passing, but with Case, know that we need to throw the intermediate routes. He simply hasn't proven to be an accurate deep threat. We have talented receivers that can break off big yards after the catch. Call him a game-manager or what ever you like, as long as he doesn't throw interceptions, he's doing ok. The wide receivers can't continue to have dropped passes. They also need to make some extra effort catches to help out their q.b. . Dane Johnson and Mike Davis are both healthy, providing us with our most explosive receivers. Weapons that we haven't had lately who should be able to help Case in the passing game. If there is a game all year to put in Swoopes, this is it. Not necessarily as the starter, but every third series, or maybe if Case just isn't generating any offense. O.U. has traditionally had trouble containing dual threat quarterbacks. This is it. Time to lay all the cards on the table. Daje Johnson will be returning punts and is highly capable of taking iut to the house. I'm not opposed to a little trickery. In the early Mack Brown era we would pull off a fake punt, fake F.G., a double reverse pass, or something sneaky. And it wasn't always when we had to, it was random and that's why it worked. How great would it be to start the game by recovering an onside kick? Then again, let's just hope we don't even need to go there. As we have seen in the Iowa State game, penalties can lose the game for you. The Longhorns need to be disciplined. They also need to win the turn-over battle. When all is said and done, you can throw out the record books. It comes down to who wants it more. And as usual, whoever wins the battle in the trenches, the most physical team will win. It is the best week of the year for me and my little Longhorn faithful.
. I know that Dodds isn't very popular these days, but I agree, it IS our turn. We are due. We may lose another game, or more this year. But the entire coaching staff is definetly aware of how big this one is. Case knows that his legacy hangs in the balance. Nobody needs to tell the seniors that its their last chance to beat the sooners. Most of all, my 10 yr. old son Trey needs a win. Try being a Longhorn fan at that age, wearing your horns jersey, cap, and representing 24/7. And living in Oklahomo. He deserves his year to brag and talk trash. Being one of, maybe the only fan at his school, he catches heat from all the kids. So lets go Horns! Me and Trey know you can do it.