"Weve still got a lot of inexperienced guys that need to play the game," head coach Mack Brown said. "Well have a lot of game situations in the scrimmage. Were not trying to keep score, or defend the score. Were looking at people, and were still looking at schemes. I think the changes weve made so far on offense are working, and wed like to see them continue to improve some."
The changes would include both personnel plus an offensive package that, more often than not, hardly resembles the self-contained, close-to-the-vest, play-not-to-lose, feast-or-famine, do-we-trust-the-running-game?, do-we-trust-the-statuesque-drop-back-quarterback? play calling of the past couple of seasons.
I pray to the Burnt Orange God that we will, in fact, be blessed this season with the revved up offense that exploits speed at quarterback, a confident running game plus unprecedented talent at receiver, that we saw nearly every day last spring, and so far during the preseason. If so, Greg Davis will be your new best friend. If not, hes one of the most creative practice coaches in the country practice coaches in the country but too gun-shy to use his arsenal in the line of fire.
Were talking lots of motion, misdirection, sprint options, roll-outs, plus schemes that not only get RBs Cedric Benson and Selvin Young in the same backfield but also the best tight end tandem in college football in Bo Scaife and David Thomas.
Texas ran 40 plays in its opening scrimmage last year, with the first-team offense squaring off against the No. 1 defense for 10 plays. That, however, will be a midday coaching decision Wednesday, Brown said.
"So far, weve stayed fairly healthy so we may can have more (plays) than we had last year at this time," Brown said. "Youd like to get 40 or 50 because theyre still pretty fresh. Ones-against-ones is very competitive, and thats good. We do it every day in the practice part of it when theyre working against each other."
But mainly, scrimmages are meant to give coaches a chance to look at younger players.
"We want to get the young guys into the stadium and get some spirit around them," Brown said. "We had a bigger crowd (at Tuesday nights practice) than a lot of people have at their opening games, so it was good for them to have some crowd watching them. It puts some pressure on them in a strange way. It makes them more excited."