Wed. Scrimmage Highlights: What Went Down?

QB Colt McCoy busted loose for a 70-yard scoring jaunt while freshman WR Dan Buckner collected a long TD toss from No. 3 QB Sherrod Harris at the first scrimmage of Texas' season Wednesday. But did the offense really have the upper hand against Will Muschamp's defense?

Not so fast, my friend. Senior incumbent MLB Rashad Bobino, in a daily battle with sophomore Jared Norton, threw some bouquets at the defense – including Norton.

"Jared Norton and (WLB) Roddrick Muckelroy had a real good shot out there in the goal line (situation). No. 4 (CB Aaron Williams) caused a fumble. He had a really big play on the sideline. It's all about finishing the play. He got beat (on a completion), but he came back, finished the play and caused the turnover. There were a lot of sacks out there. A. Lew (DT/DE Aaron Lewis) had a real good day today. He got good pressure on the quarterback. Even little (walk-on freshman DB Mark) Fisher was coming up and filling the gap. Everybody is showing up."

As far as Bobino's personal highlight?

"I got a pretty good shot at (Chris) Ogbonnaya during a One-Minute (drill)", Bobino said, "He's a good back. He kept his feet moving and he fell forward for yardage. That was a great offensive play."

The biggest offensive play of the day belonged to Colt McCoy. The preseason emphasis has been for McCoy to do a better job of stepping into the pocket, but he was all smiles after stepping-off his 70-yard keeper.

"I caught ‘em off-guard. They don't respect me to run," McCoy joked, before adding, "The guy who had containment bit on the running back. It took me about 25 seconds to score, but I made it."

McCoy's long run resulted in a post-scrimmage confession from the "the guy" who busted his assignment.

"That was my fault," said DT Lamarr Houston. "I misread the offense and went the wrong way. He came off the opposite edge. It was a pretty nice run."

The offense focused primarily on blitz pick-ups and fine-tuning its no-huddle offense, McCoy said.

"I thought we executed really well. Coach (Greg) Davis was up (in the coach's box), so it gives me a chance to see what the defense is doing, to see how they're moving, if they're sliding one way or to another."

The McCoy-John Chiles quarterback package continues to emerge in which both signal callers will be on the field at the same time. In practices that were open to the public, Chiles lined-up at FL and typically motioned into a RB spot.

"We have several different packages," McCoy said. "We're trying to figure out which ones work the best. When he's on the field, we have a chance to be pretty explosive."

McCoy diplomatically praised the young WRs, but with this caveat: "It makes a difference from when you're thudding in the Bubble (indoor practice facility) to coming into the stadium (for a scrimmage). You can tell who wants it and who doesn't."

Specifically, McCoy said he was impressed with RS-freshman Malcolm Williams, true freshman Dan Buckner and sophomore James Kirkendoll.

Davis said Tuesday that the scrimmage would be the first real test for his relatively unproven RBs Vondrell McGee, Foswhitt Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya. McCoy diplomatically stated that there is no appreciable difference in productivity when any of them are in the lineup.

"They're getting yards when they need to and they're picking up blitzes. That's all we can ask for."


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