The 2013 Texas Longhorns have finally found an on-field identity and common goal: propelling previously unknown players into Heisman contention for a seven-day span.
In week two, Texas played an 0-1 BYU team in Provo led by QB Taysom Hill. Hill is a sophomore and didn't start last year, and his debut season got off to a rocky start against Virginia when he completed only 32.5% of his passes and rushed for 42 yards in 11 attempts in a 19-16 BYU loss. To be fair, though, Virginia does have an adequate defense. Wait, what? UVa currently has the 113th rated defense in the country? Nevermind. Anyway, against Texas Hill rushed for 259 yards in 17 attempts, averaging 15.2 yards per rush, prompting some to elevate this no-name from Pocatello, ID into the national Heisman conversation. BYU had a bye in Week 3, so the public doesn't have the luxury to see if Hill is suddenly a Heisman contender or just a fluke that exposed a soft UT defense, but Horns fans know the answer. BYU might not play a ranked team again this year and there's no way that slow Idahoan with two knee braces comes close to 150 yards rushing in one game this season. Or ever.
In week three, a reeling Texas played a surging Ole Miss hungry for revenge for last year's beatdown in Oxford. If you had to pick a crucial play-maker for Ole Miss, conventional pre-game wisdom would be QB Bo Wallace. While Wallace did play solid, Senior RB Jeff Scott was a killer. Scott did well against Vandy in Week 1, but struggled in Week 2 against SE Missouri State when he rushed for only 28 yards. No matter. A 2013 visit to DKR can always get struggling players back on track. Scott rushed for 164 yards in 19 attempts, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. 8.6 yards per carry?!?! C'mon Jeff, that's only half of what Taysom had, and he's only a sophomore QB. Wait, you had a demoralizing 73 yard punt return in which you broke between 5 and 7 tackles? Ok, nevermind. Good job. Watch Scott and Wallace the remainder of the season. Surely they'll have similar stats against the cupcakes in the SEC West.
That brings us to Week 4. Or maybe Weak 4, as in our D-Line. Ha! Sorry, that was bad. No what else is bad? John Hubert mothaf&%*$@! Or at least he's going to be in Weak 4. Hubert is a solid Senior RB who rushed for over 900 yards in 2011 and 2012. He was a star at Waco Midway High School, rushing for 2853 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior. Mack Brown heavily recruited him as a place kicker, but he somehow found his way to Manhattan. Last year against Texas he rushed for only 66 yards, but had 3 devastating touchdown runs, all of them under 2 yards. Hubert, along with the entire Wildcat team, shit the bed in Week 1 and only rushed for 23 yards. He doubled that in Week 2, but also scored two TDs against the Ragin Cajuns. He found his groove against UMass this past Saturday, rushing for 118 in 18 attempts. My prediction for Weak 4: 250 yards in 20 attempts. Wildcats, be sure to sprinkle-in some of your young, up-and-coming RBs too. They can build their confidence by getting 50+ yards and get some really good practice in. Make sure to use your WRs sparingly and bench Hubert once he hits 250 by the early 3rd quarter. Y'all have a big game against OSU in Week 6, so there's no need for any foolish injuries.
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