Preach it, preacher! McWhorter, who looks and sounds more like a football coach than anyone on Texas staff, has seen the promised land -- even though the net results have been less than promising.
Two games into the season, Texas 115 ypg ranks No. 86 nationally and the Horns average just 4.7 more rushing yards per game than Baylor. (Thanks to defense and special team points, Texas 47 points per game ranks No. 5 nationally.) RB Cedric Benson has totaled just 77 yards on 25 carries this season in which his longest run has gone for 11 yards.
"It wasnt totally our running backs and it wasnt totally our offensive line," McWhorter said, of the shortfall. "Weve got to hit on all cylinders."
While the run blocking is still a "work in progress," McWhorter is generally pleased with Texas pass blocking. From what Im told (not from McWhorter) and from what weve seen, pass blocking is essentially all that fired Tim Nunez tried to teach the kids. Even so, the OL has given up just one sack in each of the first two ball games.
"And both of them were senseless," McWhorter said. "We shouldnt have had either one of them. Both of those were technique errors which can be corrected Its something we work on all the time, but sometimes they panic a little bit. But the pass protection was much improved. The last time we played (Arkansas) we had eight sacks. Of course, we did a lot of maximum protections to take care of it."
Thats part of the reason why the TEs did not have a catch in the Arkansas game even though FL B.J. Johnson reported that the middle was open all day.
"Our kids have had a great attitude and thats whats frustrating when they have worked as hard as theyve worked and still not have the kind of results that you want," McWhorter said. "We tell them that its a work in progress. Lets wait and see what they have to say after the season. Lets dont panic after one game. I thought, fundamentally, some steps and some things we did were a lot better than the first game. Thats what I wanted to see. I would like to have seen a lot more growth but were going to keep fighting and were going to get it right."
Texas will get its next chance at Rice (8:22 p.m. CDT, ESPN2) Saturday.