Scouting Report: Texas Longhorns

This is pretty easy. To start with the Longhorns are good - not as good as they were a season ago in winning the national championship but they are good. The difference is Vince Young, one of the best athletes to ever play in college, could win a game almost single-handed. His replacement Colt McCoy is talented but has to rely on getting the ball in the hands of playmakers for Texas to succeed.

As mentioned McCoy has savvy and has shown composure beyond his years the past four weeks in comebacks by the Longhorns. That is right, Texas has trailed their last four opponents -- OU, Baylor, Nebraska and Texas Tech. They trailed deep into the seocnd half in the last two games and needed a gift turnover to beat Nebraska with 23 ticks left.

McCoy has a superstar wide receiver in Limas Sweed. Sweed is similar to an Adarius Bowman, but faster as he runs a 10.1 in 100 meters. He has 37 receptions for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns, that is a 17.4-yards per catch average. Quan Cosby, who caught the game winner at Tech, is the second target for McCoy. Jamaal Charles, Selvin Young, and jumbo back Henry Melton give the Horns versatility and plenty of production in the running game.

McCoy has thrown for 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions with 1,705 yards. He has also run for 174 yards.

The offensive line is good, very strong from guard to guard with Sendlein, Studdard and Blaylock.

They are good, but they have also been hit with a rash of injuries. Every member of the secondary is playing banged up right now with Tarrel Brown nursing a broken toe, Aaron Ross a bad wrist, and Michael and Marcus Griffin various bumps and bruises. The Griffins, by the way, are the team's leading tacklers with 86 by Michael and 58 by Marcus.

Defensive end Tim Crowder has 9.5 sacks for a team that does get to the quarterback alot. Brian Robison has three sacks coming from the other side and defensive tackle Franklin Okam is stout up the middle.

The linebackers have great speed and Texas is excellent against the run, giving up just 1.7 yard per attempt. However, they are 112th in the nation in pass defense.

Special Teams
They are very average by Texas standards with only three blocked kicks, normally a Texas staple. The kicking game is just so-so and has struggled at times. The Longhorns are averaging 41.1-yards per punt. Aaron Ross does give them a premier return specialist.

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