From Mack's March 4th press conference, via Texas Sports.
Almost a total yawner, except for the last bit about Greg Johnson. The Texas kicking game has been pretty mediocre since Phil Dawson left. Here's to hoping Greg Johnson can step in and improve us in that area.
Sometimes, you learn nothing from a Mack Brown press conference. So far, this is one of them.
Okay, finally, some meat we can chew on. Who will replace David Thomas? You knew Neal Tweedie wasn't much of an answer, so it's great to hear that Jermichael Finley is off to a good start. From all accounts, he has a chance to be a special player. Count me as interested.
The linebacker news is pretty cryptic, though it's noteworthy that Kindle will in fact be staying at outside linebacker. I still want to see Robert Killebrew play middle linebacker, and I'll be surprised if he's not the guy. Just a terrific athlete.
Good news for Shipley's disciples, of which there are still plenty. I have my doubts as to how effective he can really become at this point, especially missing Vince's final year. Still, it's encouraging, considering how highly touted he once was.
This is just smart, smart, smart on Mack's part. What a great idea to get so many of these coaches on your side, so that when recruiters come knocking, you've got one more voice telling a kid to look long and hard at the Longhorns.
Ah, finally. The news. Ramonce Taylor is being excused from the team for a while. It may seem like a small thing, but this looks like a case of "Shape up or don't return" for RT. Some may hit the panic button, but don't count me in that group. For one thing, with the NCAA beginning to crack down on graduation rates, it sends a clear signal to the team that no one is above being disciplined for totally tanking in the classroom. Ramonce Taylor isn't exactly a backup scrub. He was an important part of last year's offense. Whether RT returns or not, this is a clear signal for Mack that school is to be taken at least somewhat seriously. Get a 2.0, kids.
As for losing RT's production, we're not exactly thin at tailback and wide receiver. Are we better off having him around? Yes. Are we in trouble if we never see him again? Nope. I'm too big a fan of JC to get worked up over this one.
Elsewhere, the news on Henry Melton is encouraging. Eric may not like it, but as someone who sees potential in Big Henry, I'm encouraged. If he does learn to leverage that big frame, he can be a terrific compliment to Jamaal Charles. I wasn't anticipating it, but What To Do With Melton may quietly become one of the biggest stories in the offseason.
I'll agree here. See above.
Snead vs McCoy heats up. My gut feeling is that Snead's going to win this job. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but I'm banking on Mack picking a guy and sticking with it. I just can't fathom a shared duty situation. Actually, I can. And it makes me dizzy. Stay tuned.