Your team has been destroyed by a combined 44-14 over the first two games of a series. You're a freshman with 3 starts to your name. You're next in line for a start. What do you do?
If you're Chance Ruffin, you step up.
According to today's AAS, Ruffin showed some leadership on Sunday. According to the now streaking Kyle Russell:
"He was fired up, and he told us that he was going to go out and do his job, and he wanted us to back him up. He said he didn't care about the outcome, he just wanted everybody to know that he was going to be at his best."
And from the horse's mouth:
"For a long time I figured it wasn't a freshman's job to step up and say something," said Ruffin, who had his longest outing of the season. "So I didn't. But I couldn't wait anymore. I couldn't sit back.
"I was (expletive) off. I figured I would say something, and if everybody hated me after that, well, then they hated me."
We've thought this team has lacked the leadership of previous title teams, and if it has to come from a freshman than so be it. Texas has an easy week this week, with only the one midweek game. Okie State travels to Austin on Friday, and we should see soon enough if Texas can turn the proverbial corner.