Spring Game To Showcase Improved Passing Game

After weeks of spring practice, the Texas football team plans to showcase a few offensive improvements in Saturday’s Spring Game.

One thing Texas looks to show off Saturday night at DKR is a more threatening passing attack. Last season left Longhorn fans, and head coach Mack Brown, skeptical of Texas’ ability to pose a deep-ball threat.

"We were really crippled and inexperienced last year at receiver," said Brown, "and its amazing we could win as many games as we did just running the ball and throwing to the tight ends."

With another year of experience under the belts of the young wideouts, Brown believes they are ready to pose a threat. The Texas head coach called the difference between the ways the receivers looked at this time last year compared to how they look now, "night and day."

"We feel like with Vince’s improvement in the passing game and the receivers growing up, we have a chance to be the best we have been on offense."

But who can the Longhorn faithful expect to see step up and provide the deep threat?

"I’m looking at Myron Hardy and Limas Sweed," said QB Vince Young. "Those are tall guys doing a lot of things by using their height and making plays."

Brown agreed that the spotlight will be on Hardy and Sweed.

"We were ineffective throwing the ball downfield last year," said Brown. "The two that have to get deep are Hardy and Sweed."

Young has already seen the improvements in practice.

"They look relaxed," said Young. "They are getting more work with
the coaches, and getting into the film room, and it’s paying off on the field."

A more mature receiving corps is not the only factor that will play a role in increasing the Burnt Orange passing attack. Texas coaches are stressing different formations to help get the ball downfield.

"We have worked really hard on play-action because people spend so much effort trying to stop our running game," said Brown. "We need to work different ways to get the ball deep, and it’s easier to get it deep with play action."

The offense will have to showcase its talent Saturday without Jordan Shipley, who will sit out this weekend’s game. Shipley has been running near full speed as of late, but coaches plan to sit the redshirt freshman as a precaution.

Saturday’s contest also gives Texas the opportunity to exhibit the abilities of RB Ramonce Taylor, in case fans did not get enough glimpses of Taylor’s talent last season.

By showcasing his abilities to Texas coaches throughout spring practice, Taylor has solidified his position on the field.

"He has definitely shown us he can play tailback," said Brown. "Ramonce runs a lot like Vince, in that he gets people off balance and then he can run through them because of his quickness."

In fact, Taylor’s quickness has created a friendly rivalry between VY and RT over just who is Texas’ swiftest runner.

"Oh, Ramonce," said Vince of his backfield teammate. "He’s always talking something. He thinks he is faster than me, so I’ve been telling him that he better keep up with me."

The good news for Orangebloods? This fall, opposing defenses will have to try to keep up with both of 'em.

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