Cedric, Selvin To Share Same Backfield (At Times)

On more than one occasion last season, head coach <B>Mack Brown</B> was asked if serious thought would be given to RBs <B>Cedric Benson </B>and <B>Selvin Young </B>sharing time in the same backfield. If the last several spring practices are an indication, the duo nicknamed &quot;Thunder and Lightning&quot; will share a split backfield under certain conditions.

"We’re working on a lot more situations this spring," Brown said. "We’re working on four minutes at the end of the game with a 14-point lead, and four minutes at the end of the game with a six-point lead. There’s a different mentality when you’ve got that."

The formation rehearsed Saturday and Tuesday had the QB lined up in a shotgun with the two tailbacks split wide in the backfield. The formation obviously presents a variety of play-calling options.

The formation will also be used in one-minute drills as well as in a no-huddle offense when Texas needs to change the momentum at any point in the game, Brown said. In other words, the formation is intended to result in one of those "explosives" and is indicative also of the emphasis upon the ground game this spring.

It also says a thing or two about Benson and Young.

"We feel like those are two really good football players," Brown said. "They both can catch and they both can block, so it gives us a chance now with Selvin’s experience to put him in there with Cedric. Those two guys are just two more speed guys on the field."

Benson was a second-team All-Big 12 selection last season and is the first RB in UT history to rush for more than 1,000 yards during both his freshman and sophomore years. Through 25 games, Benson has totaled 2,346 yards on 528 carries (4.4 ypc).

Young tallied 408 yards on 85 attempts as a true freshman in 2002. He ranked third on the team with 780 all-purpose yards and fourth in scoring (36 points). He led the team in kickoff returns (285 yards on 12 returns, 23.8 avg.). He also subbed for an injured Nathan Vasher on punt returns, taking one 71 yards for a score (5th all-time best at UT) against Tulane.


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