"Right now, Im trying not to have a go-to guy," Mock said. "The thing now is that Im just trying to play within the system and playing the concepts. So, Im not really going out there with a go-to guy and try to force stuff."
Ever quarterbacks "worst deal" is contending with so many guys who continually insists he should have had the ball thrown to him, Mock added.
"The biggest concern I have is not getting the ball to all the guys as many times as they want," he admitted. "Everybodys open on every play, and you will hear about it. Getting them all enough balls is the biggest thing Im worried about Youve got all these NFL prospects and all these guys want to be great NFL players, and youve got to get them all enough balls And theyre open every play, whether theres three DBs on them in triple coverage, and theyll come back and say, Man, I was wide open!"
Like his tosses, Mocks comments will be well-received by his pass-catchers. And Roy will be open for business, early and often. In fact, Williams will be a primary target in Mocks favorite new play that the team worked on during Monday morning drills. Its a play-action pass that is well-suited for third-and-long situations.
"It gives you an opportunity for the deep ball, and it gives you an opportunity for a deeper comeback on the run," he said. "Its a good third-down ball because it runs a comeback at 18 yards."
Mock said Texas had a mean, nasty, aggressive offensive line last year -- its just that most of them were on the bench.
"Last year, I thought the second-team line was the meanest line weve had since back in the day of Ben Adams and those guys (1995-98)," Mock said of the crew that paved the way for Ricky Williams, Priest Holmes and company. "Those (second-team linemen) were a lot of the guys I was playing with last year, and a lot of those guys have moved up, with the exception of guard Tillman (Holloway) and (center) Jason Glynn. So, theyve moved up with me. Tillmans a good ol boy. Hes a pretty rough cat."
Mock pauses for a half-second, as if remembering it is important to distribute the praise as equally as the football.
""I guess theyve all been pretty tough since weve been here," he added. "Its fun watching them play together."
(Parenthetically, just how much like Mack Brown did that sound?).
But there has been a marked trickle-up effect of aggression from younger OLs, with the now well-publicized trickle-down infusion of attitude from OL Coach Mac McWhorter. As such, there have been more skirmishes during 11-on-11 contact drills than at any time in recent memory.
"You can see it out there every time," Mock said, recalling an incident where Holloway went head-to-head with sophomore MLB Garnet Smith. (Imagine the polar opposite of former LB Lee Jacksons sweet spirit and youve got an inkling of the tude Smith brings to the defense.)
"Garnet pulled him down by his facemask and Tillman, instead of just getting up and walking away, just took a shot at him," Mock said. "Coach Brown talks about being smart about it but, at the same time, you gotta have an attitude. You have to have the attitude that, every time you go out there, youre gonna whip em. And I think they do have it (attitude)."
As far as McWhorters influence:
"Hes hard on them," Mock said, "but hes one of those guys where youll go back and thank him for it. I mean, Im thanking him right now. Im sure Cedric (Benson) and Selvin (Young) are thanking him, too, because theyre looking really, really good. I think hes done a great job with them, and hes brought an intensity that we havent had in a while."
The biggest surprise of the preseason, Mock said, has been the play of junior FL Tony Jeffery.
"Unfortunately, I had to play against him in high school," Mock recalled. Jeffery was a three-year starting QB at Houston Klein Forest while Mock, of course, was a Parade All-American out of The Woodlands. Fortunately, Mock knows how good of a receiver Jeffery has become for the Horns.
"It wasnt a surprise to me, but I dont think a lot of people expected him to be as good as he is," Mock surmised. "Hell get plenty of catches this year. With the double-coverage on guys like Roy and B.J. (Johnson) and the extra attention people pay to them, hes going to be open a lot of the time. Hell get a lot of deep balls. I think hell be a real big factor in our offense."
Mock describes himself as "the low man on the totem poll" since he is just one of three offensive newbies in the starting rotation.
"Ive still got stuff to prove to these guys," he said.
Then again, "Youre not going to find a harder critic than myself."