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Midseason review: Texas Longhorns

Midseason review: Texas Longhorns
October, 12, 2010
7:00 AM ET
By David Ubben

Record: 3-2 (1-1 Big 12)

After losing Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley -- a.k.a., Texas' offense -- we knew 2010 would be somewhat of a rebuilding year in Austin, but the building blocks looked to be in place to keep the Longhorns streak of nine consecutive 10-win seasons alive. A defense full of experienced impact players returned, and Garrett Gilbert would have what Texas hoped was a productive power running game to give him time to develop. The running game has largely flopped, and though Texas ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in total defense, one bad half against UCLA and a bad first quarter against Oklahoma have added up to two early losses. Now Texas travels to No. 5 Nebraska on Saturday. Texas has the talent and potential to rebound over the second half of the season, but to do it, the offense has to improve and stop relying on the defense to carry them. A revolving door of 3-4 running backs hasn't helped the case, but coach Mack Brown has to play the back who produces. Repeats of the flashes we saw from Garrett Gilbert to bring Texas back to within a possession in the national title game haven't been very frequent in his first year as starter.

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