November 18, 2007

Young players will emerge in 2008

Q: (ut_alh■) - There is always a question about whether to redshirt freshman. Given the ones that have played this year, which do you feel -- in retrospect -- should have been shirted?

A: That's a tough question to answer because I can't help but remember a conversation I had with Greg Davis earlier this fall and he talked about how players that received as much as a little taste of game action on any level seem to take off faster in their second year than those that red-shirted.

If we start with the offense, the first player that comes to mind is John Chiles, but the team had their hands tied a bit with the injury of Sherrod Harris in August. The Longhorns just haven't been able to get him very much quality playing time and he lost a year of separation between himself and Colt McCoy that a redshirt would have given him. With McCoy's stranglehold on the position, they might be best-served to try and redshirt him in 2008 if Harris can handle the back-up duties. I think there are probably some questions about the team's inability to get true freshmen receivers James Kirkendoll and Brandon Collins more involved because they will have a big role on next year's team. I agree with the decision to play those guys, but they needed more playing time.

Over on the defensive side of the ball, I'm not sure that I would have taken back any of the redshirts that were taken off of Sam Acho and Curtis Brown. If anything, I might have played Keenan Robinson, Earl Thomas, Christian Scott and Ben Wells some as well because the defense just isn't good enough to think it can't use a boost in talent, especially in the secondary. Thomas, Scott and Wells are going to be needed next year and it's not like they could be much more ineffective than some of the players already on the field.

Q: (BurtHorn) - What more can Texas do to land Darrell Scott? I'm sure they rolled out the red carpet, but it shouldn't stop there should it? Does MAC (Mack and Company) get desperate and show him the RB depth chart? Straight up, do we land Scott?

A: The Texas coaching staff will continue to write and call Scott, but in my mind there are a couple of big events that will shape the course of his recruitment. At some point in the next month or so, Texas is likely going to bring Mack Brown into Scott's home to meet with the family. If the Longhorns are going to get Scott, they are going to have to make sure the family feels what Scott feels coming out of that visit. The other huge piece of the puzzle could come into play when Scott comes to San Antonio for the U.S. Army game. If his family makes the trip with him, it would be very easy to slip away for an unofficial visit to Austin. That seven-day period that he will spend in San Antonio could be huge if he makes his way down to Austin at some point, especially if he makes his announcement at the game. Although it will be a dead period, the staff will be in a position to host Scott because of the timing of the game, as long as he contacts them. No other school will have that luxury. Finally, if you're asking me if the Longhorns get Scott, I'd say it's too early to say, but I think they might be the favorite right now.

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