2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 29
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 3
Just a few months after losing the National Championship game to Alabama, the Texas Longhorns are back with a ton of talent and are ready to make another run. Some key pieces from last year’s squad are gone, but based on head coach Mack Brown’s historical success and terrific recruiting, Texas is a national championship contender once again.
Colt McCoy, one of the winningest quarterbacks in college football history, has moved on to the NFL. Garrett Gilbert is now tasked with leading the team. He showed he has potential after playing most of the championship game after McCoy was injured. Having a whole offseason to prepare will definitely make him more at ease than being thrown in against Alabama’s top ranked defense. Leading receiver Jordan Shipley is gone, and someone else on the team will have to step up. The most likely candidate is Malcolm Williams, the second leading receiver who is big and strong and can make plays down the field. Tre’ Newton returns after leading the team with 577 yards rushing. He will get some competition from senior Vondrell McGee who averaged 5.4 yards per carry last year. The offensive line is the one major area of concern on the team. Both tackles are unproven and there is also a new center and left guard. This line must come together quickly to give Gilbert a chance.
Texas’ defense should again be one of the best in the nation. Losing superstars Earl Thomas and Sergio Kindle will hurt, but the team has so many five star recruits waiting in the wings that the team should continue on without missing a beat. Defensive end depth is incredible, with Sam Acho and Eddie Jones returning after combining for 15 sacks last year. Five star recruits Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat make this arguably the best defensive end rotation in the nation. The secondary is actually the strongest part of the team. Cornerback Aaron Williams is a sure fire first round pick next year and fellow corners Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown also have NFL potential. Junior Blake Gideon will start at one of the safety positions after snagging six interceptions last year.
As always, Texas is picked to be one of the best teams in the country. The defense is good enough to keep every game close, but Gilbert and the offense will have to score points for Texas to be champions.
Texas’ odds to win the Big 12: + 200
College Teams: Texas Longhorns
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