In other words, Chance, the hombres from out west may try to head ya off at the pass. Then again, youre only throwing to Heisman candidate Roy Williams and company against a secondary that is replacing all four starters. Thats part of the reason why Mock, confident from day one, isnt sweating it now.
"They may stick to their game plan and do what theyre known to do and play the zone," Mock said. "Another way to look at it is they know (RB) Cedric (Benson) is a force and they havent seen much of me. They may come out and stack the box and make me beat them in the passing game. Either way they do it, I think well be able to do some damage against them. I think were going to be all right."
For the time being, Mock is the joker in the deck of the 2003 Longhorns. For a month or so, opponents will try to rattle him just to see if they can. It will be a repeated story line. Despite its cautiously optimistic preseason ranking (AP No. 5; ESPN/USA Today No.4), the primary reason Texas wasnt listed higher in other polls was because of its unproven commodity behind center. Up to this point, the game film any one could possibly have seen on Mock has been limited to 6-of-9 passes for 65 yards and one TD. Most of Mocks appearances last season were limited to mop-up duty when the game was out of hand.
"I dont know what (game film) you could watch, unless you want to see me hand off," Mock said. "But I think that works to our advantage. They arent going to know how to defend me. They arent going to know my strengths and weaknesses. The tendencies I have they wont be able to study because you know were not going to send them practice footage."
But from what weve seen, Texas ought to have the last laugh on any team that treats him as the weakest link. And Mock knows hes going to get by with a little help from his friends.
"My confidence is tremendous," Mock said. "Weve got a great defense and people arent going to score many points against us. And weve got big time playmakers. Roy Williams averaged 15-yards a hitch last year. If I can throw him a hitch and get 15 yards, well be doing all right. Both Cedric and Selvin (Young) are looking better than theyve ever looked. Ive got the guys around me who make my job a lot easier."
Texas opens against NMSU at 6 p.m., Sunday, at Royal-Memorial Stadium (Fox Sports Net).