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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Longhorns' Story Behind the Game

It's good to see guest blogger Jason Patlan has graced us with his presence. I don't want to write this game into the ground, but there was an undercurrent to this game of which I'm not sure many people were aware.

That undercurrent was a potential new Longhorn quarterback controversy. We've seen this before. A high school star whose first name is his sweet ass nickname comes to Texas after the Horns missed out on their top QB choices. He redshirts. The Longhorns lose a Senior QB early and he's thrust into action. He shows guts. He shows character. He just maybe doesn't have the sexy physical tools the fans want in their QB.

Next, comes a recruit at the the top of the Horns wish list. He's got those physical goods that the fans and coaches drool over. We haven't seen him play but the chatter begins among the coaches. Next thing you know their splitting time followed by the younger kid taking the helm in favor of the favorite.

Major Applewhite and Chris Simms, meet Colt McCoy and Jevan Sneed. (Please tell me you didn't think I was talking Chance Mock and Vince Young.) Admittedly the current story hasn't bore itself out just like that to this point. But it appeared to be heading that way.

The early weeks of the season, Snead had struggled, temporarily removing him from any thought of starting this year. McCoy hadn't been superb but had displayed the equine balls to step up into a blitz and throw a pass for a first down or a touchdown. He also, despite some struggles with accuracy, had avoided an unhealthy number of interceptions.

Dateline: October 1, 2006. McCoy plays well against program fundraiser Sam Houston State. Snead, however, knocks everyone's socks off in half a first quarter of play. After the game, you hear Mack Daddy talking about his true freshman quarterback. Says he wished they had played him more early in the year because with his strong arm and running ability he thinks Snead could help them win ballgames. Certainly sounds like Colt needs to assert himself against OU (sucks).

Dateline: October 8, 2006. Colt struggles in the first half with a textbook Greg Davis play-it-safe-and-lose-without-really-trying gameplan. You get the feeling the coaches don't trust the kid in a big game. You wonder if they may insert Snead to try and open up the offense in the second half. Coach Brown stays in Colt's camp, though. Demands Davis open up the offense and turn them loose. Suddenly Colt looks like more than a gutsy quarterback. He looks like a college quarterback. Connects for a 33-yard touchdown strike to Limas Sweed to put the Horns back in front of the Sooners. He follows that with a beauty of a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Shipley with a defensive end in his grill. His job is safe.

And if Colt continues to play like that, they will have no worries against Baylor next Saturday in the battle for first place in the Big 12 South. That is, unless Aaron Harris treats his former teammates to an early morning hayride.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jason Patlan said...

I would have lost a ton of money guessing that this was written by Scooter instead of JD. I'm still not convinced, actually...JD, does Scooter have your password?

I'm glad you ended the story by concluding that Colt's job is safe, but I think you overestimate how close Sneed was to challenging for the job.

McCoy has been in the program for a full year. Kudos to Sneed for getting in early and having 6 months under his belt by the 1st game...but there are lightyears difference between redshirt v. true freshman when you are talking about QB for a defending nat'l championship team.

The difference between Simms and Sneed as the young challenger is the pedigree. Where Simms is the stereotypical "Golden Boy"...the right height, the right weight, the right face, the right daddy, the right place in the recruiting class, the right position, etc... Whereas Jevan Sneed looks like something out of "Friday Night Lights" (the TV show, not even the movie). And you'll never convince me that Mack didn't promise him the job as a condition of signing him. So, in reality, that job was never truly up for grabs either.

McCoy going to have to get hurt or REALLY tank to lose the job at this point, cuz Sneed won't get enough playing time in real games to overtake him.

PS - You know how I know you're gay? Excerpts from your 2nd paragraph: "sweet ass...", "...sexy physical tools...", "...I'm super gay for Major Applewhite...". I had to kind of read between the lines for that last one, but still...

6:50 AM  
Blogger Scott Boswell said...

Have to agree with Patlan on this one. If Colt lost his job, I would be very surprised. If Sneed didn't transfer to another, I'd be shocked. Unfortunately, things aren't going to get much better for him.

Colt has endeared himself to the Texas faithful. We also have the #2 QB in the nation, Johnathan Brantley, verbally commited for next year. We also have the #6 QB in the nation, John Chiles, verbally commited next year. Now, we all know that things can change...especially with QBs. But the chance that both of them will decommit isn't that high. (Although Stoops is actually attending Brantley's HS games to try to sway him) Sneed has looked good, but it will be hard to commit with a "veteran" QB and 2 blue chippers.

I've seen both of them play live 4 out 6 times this year. Colt is definately the leader of this offense. Not just on the field, but by the way he grabs the facemasks of his offense and pulls them towards him to make sure that they are good to go. He gets better every game.

His major flaw: He's not VY.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Scott Boswell said...

I forgot to add that we also have Sherrod Harris, a 4-star recruit, also coming in next year.

8:03 AM  

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