Alamo Bowl Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 26-24 win over Iowa.

We have a good passing blocking unit. We have an outstanding receiving crew that catch and run well. We have a QB that can get the ball to the open receivers. We have an outstanding pass offense. The sad fact is that the pass offense is our offense.

We can't find any semblance of a ground game anymore. We can't run block well enough to get our backs to the second level. We can't run tough enough to break any tackles. We tried the offset I, the straight I, and finally went back to our shotgun set in an attempt to make a running play keep us on schedule. We finally found the reverses to save face--they gained twenty three yards on two efforts while our base gained less than fifty on twenty efforts.

This must be fixed.

Offensive Report Card

Coach Akina brought a few new wrinkles into the gameplan in his debut as the defensive playcaller but unfortunately had to witness another effort filled with missed tackles, poor angles, and coverage breakdowns. Yes, there were some new blitz looks in Akina's package but showing them too early once again allowed audibles to cherrypick away from the teeth of the blitz. Coach Akina called the game from the sideline and positive adjustments were made immediately during the course of the game---it's a shame communication problems caused us to use two timeouts to get the correct personnel on the field and that falls on his shoulders.

Defensive Report Card

The Coaches Corner is available exclusively to InsideTexas.com subscribers. The forum is a place to ask questions of our resident coaches and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc. Basically, it is a teaching and learning forum to make us all more knowledgable football fans, both in general and specifically about the Longhorn football team. Venable spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools.

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