Longhorn Offense 'Selfless'

Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is familiar with the atmosphere awaiting the Longhorns in Oxford, Miss.

I have been to Ole Miss and coached there," Applewhite said. "The pageantry around the stadium, the Grove, great fan base, and it is just one of those places that you remember as a coach and as a player playing there. They do a great job with their stadium and create a great atmosphere on game day. Being at Alabama, it was obviously a big deal when we were there that day, and this will be very similar."

The Longhorns will enter Oxford on a high note, after blasting New Mexico 45-0, and with the first-team offense scoring on six of its seven possessions. The missed score? A missed field goal.

It also showed just how many weapons the Longhorns had, with Texas spreading the ball around to a number of backs and several wide receivers. One of the oft-parroted storylines from that game was Texas running back Malcolm Brown, who only received two carries.

We talked about it to the offense in general because Marquise Goodwin only got two touches as well, and he went to the Olympics, so he is fast," Applewhite said. "We always talk about the selflessness of both those guys. Marquise did a great job. He didn't care how many touches he got and just went down the field to block. You see Malcolm on the touchdown run by David Ash and he is down there leading the way.

"It's about being a selfless football player, and we talk about that every week on how to get the ball in different guy's hands more," Applewhite said. "It is one of those rare instances that Malcolm played 22 snaps out of 60, almost a third of the ball game, and then the game got out of hand in the second half. It is a situation that he has to understand what the complexity of that game was. I brought back the story of '98 when we played Oklahoma State where Ricky Williams had 10 carries for 90 yards, and he is on his way to get 2,000 yards and win the Heisman. He comes in after the game, I believe he had 10 carries for 92 yards, and he said, 'Major, I don't care as long as we win the game.' That ultimately showed what kind of football player he was, and I think the guys fed off that story and understand it.

"I am fortunate to have good people in my room," Applewhite said. "They are not attached to that kind of stuff and as long as we are singing 'Texas Fight' in the locker room, it is not big to them. But we talk about it as coaches and say we need to get this guy more touches or this guy less touches."

Applewhite said both Brown and Goodwin served as positive examples for the team with their selfless attitudes.

"Coach Mack Brown had both of those guys break down the team on Tuesday after practice and said, 'We are becoming a team. We have older guys, and even younger guys like Malcolm understanding the team concept,'" Applewhite said. "Marquise blocks his butt down field, Malcolm plays 22 plays, and does whatever he has to do whether we check out or throw a screen away from him. He is not whining or complaining.

"That is what you have to have," Applewhite said. "Sometimes it may be Jackson Jeffcoat having 3 or 4 sacks and not Alex Okafor because he is dropping into coverage or whatever else it may be. It is ultimately a team game, and I think we do a good job of it from the get go when it comes to recruiting."


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