THSCA All-Star Football Game: Player Analysis

Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his breakdown of the performance by each of the ten future Longhorns who played in Tuesday night's THSCA All-Star Football Game.

-RB Vondrell McGee
Reports about McGee's speed are not exaggerated. He looked explosive right out of the blocks and danced his way around South team defenders. McGee got most of his carries early in the game, rushing five times for 28 yards in the first quarter, while also catching two passes for an additional 19 yards in the first period of the contest. The most impressive play of McGee's was when he caught a ball in the flat and gave a double move that basically destroyed a defensive backs ankles. His moves are more advanced than expected at this point, but does a great job of not over-using them and dancing in the backfield. He's got impressive balance and stays on his feet (I'm not quite going to say "Jamaal Charles-like" balance, but he's moving in that direction.) McGee finds the hole well and attacks it. He dropped a ball in the game, but showed decent hands out of the backfield and ran his routes cleanly. He still needs to develop as a pass blocker (typically what most backs struggle with coming into college), but his performance in the All-Star game convinced me to agree with Bill Frisbie's assertion that McGee will be on the field for the Horns this season.

-CB Ken Beasley
Beasley was one of the few players in the game who played on both sides of the ball, seeing time at wide receiver and at corner back. He looked much stronger as a corner than he did as a receiver, which is fine because he's going to be lining up on the defensive side of the ball for Texas. He was very aggressive throughout the entire game. Sometimes he was a little too aggressive, getting flagged for a blatant pass interference early on, but stuck with his assignment exceptionally well. Beasley is very quick and, altough he's only 5'11", is a very solid tackler. Hitting is something he was very eager to do and focused on getting the big hit or picking off a ball. His sheer athleticism allows him to execute very well on those attempts. Beasley was exceptionally went returning the ball, but showed a tendency to dance a little too much.

-CB Chykie Brown
While Ken Beasley is an aggressive, go for the pick DB, Chykie Brown was quite the opposite. I would liken his style of play to Quentin Jammer, blanketing the reciever and never giving the QB a chance to make a throw. I didn't see much of Brown all game…and that's a very good thing. He shut down pretty much anybody placed in front of him and showed every indication that he'll be on the field for the Longhorns this season. He had trouble fielding the one kickoff sent his way, then ran straight sideways. Defensively, though, he look very good.

-LB Jared Norton
Norton played middle linebacker for the North squad and showed great athleticism throughout the game. He was very fast and moved sideline to sideline very well, separating from blocks well and using his size effectively. He reminds me of Robert Killebrew in the way he attacks each play. He can overrun sometimes, but for the most part stuck with the runner.

-WR Montre Webber
Probably had the most disappointing game of the Longhorn commits. He showed good top speed in the open field, but struggled sometimes to get separation from the defender. Webber also missed out on big chance in the second quarter, dropping a ball that hit him right in the chest. He's got the speed and the physical tools to succeed at Texas, but tonight was not his night.

-LB Dustin Earnest
Earnest had very few big plays to distinguish himself (he did have a nice tackle for loss, tracking down South QB Jerrod Johnson), but he was always around the ball. Earnest plays to the whistle on each down and reads plays well. Because of depth at LB, he'll probably redshirt this year, but keep an eye out for him in the future.

-K Hunter Lawrence
Lawrence has a big leg off the tee, putting most of his kickoffs to the back or out of the endzone. That's good news for Texas, who has had trouble in kickoffs as of late. He also punted in the game, despite not punting for his team last season. He didn't have great power in his punts but they were surprisingly accurate. Lawrence put the ball inside the five-yard line on consecutive plays. He punted on consecutive plays because he came up to punt, the blocking broke down, Lawrence rolled right and kicked a high arching punt on the run that landed at the 3-yard-line and bounced straight up. The play was called back on illegal formation, so Lawrence, trotted back out on the field and punted a second ball directly to the five yard line, where it was downed by a teammate. Lawrence didn't kick any field goals in the game, but converted his extra points.

-RB Antwan Cobb
The Pflugerville product is a hard nose runner who will go straight at tacklers and lowering his shoulder. He also showed good hands in the game, scoring the first touchdown of the contest on a swing pass. He's a tough, hard hitting runner and showed Tuesday night why the Texas coaches want to employ him at linebacker.

-TE Britt Mitchell
Mitchell was very solid as a blocker throughout the game. It is clearly his best skill as a tight end and he finishes every single block on every single play. As for his pass-catching skills, he definitely not a burner, but Mitchell effectively finds the open space on defense, caught every ball thrown at him. However, the 6'5" tight end from Kilgore is so effective as a blocker he may eventually go the route of Tony Hills, another former tight end and switch to offensive tackle.

-FS Robert Joseph
Mack Brown tends to move his defensive backs around, but Joseph doesn't quite possess the vertical speed to play at corner for Texas. What he does have is a great ability to read the play and attack the football. He's a safety now, but he has good size and may end up at linebacker a la Drew Kelson. Joesph showed great tenacity all game and even got into a fight with an opponent after an extra point. Of course, you can look at that either way, considering Joseph got ejected from the game because of the fight.

Side note – The media voted on the offensive and defensive MVPs of the game. Quarterback Jerrod Johnson of Humble ended up winning the award for offensive MVP, but I'm probably the only member of the media that voted for an offensive lineman. My vote went to Chris Olson, a Texas Tech commit from Highland Park. At offensive tackle for the North squad, Olson played extremely well and I think the big guy deserves some recognition.

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