Game Observations

The quarterbacks are developing, the M-Train is still waiting to leave the station and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Sam Houston State game.

-Jevan Snead showed more accuracy than he has in previous games. His development is very apparent and speaks well for the future. Quarterback controversy is not something people like to hear about, but I don't think this battle is as over as most think. Make no mistake, this is Colt McCoy's team and his performance as a redshirt freshman has been phenomenal, but next season, when Snead has a year under his belt, this may come up again. 2007 will be especially interesting at the QB position for Texas, considering the fact that the Horns will have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, all of them 4-star or better recruits, all of them sophomores or younger. My personal prediction for the players currently is: McCoy starts for four years; Snead transfers to another D-1 program and starts as soon as possible; Sherrod Harris sticks it out and stays at Texas, appearing anytime McCoy is injured and actually starting multiple games because of this; John Chiles changes positions and makes a huge impact at wide receiver after taking a redshirt year; John Brantley redshirts, sits for an additional two years and starts for Texas his junior and senior year. All of this will change as the years progress, but there is just too much talent at the position for all of these guys to stay as QBs or stay at Texas. Of course, this also doesn't take into account the Longhorns' '08 and '09 commits at quarterback. This is going to get very interesting.

-Speaking of Snead, his arm looks as strong as advertised. The best example was his 56-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Shipley. When the ball was in the air, I thought, "No way he's going to catch that." Sure enough, Ship got under the ball. Shipley's always been fast, but now he's finally regaining the fluid running style he possessed before his knee injury. In the first game of the year, Shipley looked like someone who, well, hadn't played competitive football in three years. He's looking more confident with each game and his playing time will likely increase, especially with Myron Hardy's knee injury.

-After the game I asked Limas Sweed if he pushed off on his 42-yard touchdown reception. He said he didn't think so. I still think he did. I might go back and ask him again once we've both reviewed the tape.

-I'm still convinced that Henry Melton can become a great running back. He's not there yet, but he's showing flashes of potential. Unfortunately, flashes are all we're getting right now. Melton is frequently compared to Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane because of his similar size (Lane is listed at 274 pounds), but Melton is bigger, stronger and faster than Lane, yet Lane is a much more successful running back due to his aggression at the point of attack. Melton still shows a significant amount of hesitation when he hits the line and attempts to dance around tackles instead of taking on hits. By not getting low enough and delivering blows, Melton gets knocked off his feat too easily. The reason I believe he can improve is that all of his problems are mental and, therefore, ones he can change. If he just didn't have the athletic talent, then it would be a different story, but Melton can be great, he just has to find that next gear. It's in there somewhere.

-Sergio Kindle, Destroyer of Worlds, showed why one scout said he's "the best athlete to come out of the Dallas area since Jesse Armstead." I was quite familiar with his size and speed, but he showed exceptional instincts on the field and effectively hunts down the ball like a man possessed. This weekend will be a huge test of his abilities, as he will likely be facing, in Adrian Peterson, the best running back he will play against his entire collegiate career. Peterson will not go down as easily as Sam Houston State running back D.D. Terry, who actually had a solid day against Texas, gaining 85 yards on 21 carries (4.0 ypc).

-One of my favorite moments from Saturday came with 9:20 remaining in the game. Mark McCoy, Clayton Tefteller and Coy Aune all came in on offense and Texas employed the rarely used three Caucasian, walk-on wide receiver set. Overall, 68 different Longhorns got into the game and it was a phenomenal opportunity for players down the depth chart to get some on-field experience. It's also great for so many non-scholarship players to get in. It's one thing to earn the right to wear the Burnt Orange and run through the tunnel, it's quite another to play in the game. I don't care who the opponent is, that's special.

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