For weeks now, the Longhorn offense has been sliding steadily downward in NCAA stats to near-Texas A…
Strength in Numbers
Mack Brown has assembled an incredible array of offensive talent at Texas, including enough top-notch blue chippers to make coaches of the top offenses in the country envious. However, none of those coaches currently reside in Austin, as Texas ranks 71st in rushing offense and 84th in total offense, with the latter figure placing almost in the bottom quartile in the country. When the Longhorns struggled in 1999 on occasion, the departure of Ricky Williams and a seasoned offensive line was referred to (understandably) as the reasons. In 2000, both the quarterback "shuffle" and the fact that the star receivers were just learning about college life contributed to moments of botchery (OU and the final moments versus Oregon, as examples). Last year, without Cedric Benson against Oklahoma, Texas fans could again rationalize the failure to move the football in such a key contest. But what could be the reason this season? Benson, while apparently hindered recently by a fragile toe...
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