Austin, Texas is buzzing again as the 2010 edition of the Texas Longhorns football team emerges from spring training and looks ready to compete for a national championship one more time. The Horns lost Heisman Trophy nominee quarterback Colt McCoy to the NFL, but sophomore stud Garrett Gilbert steps in to fill his shoes, and the Longhorns also return the best secondary in the nation, a group that racked up 25 interceptions last year.
Preview of the 2010 Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 NCAA championship game, and many partisan fans feel that the early injury to Colt McCoy was the difference in the game. Be that as it may, the Horns return in 2010 with a retooled offense and an elite defense, and are certainly the favorites in the Big 12.
Texas Longhorn Offense
The Longhorns were a little disappointed with their running game lat year, which just averaged 4.0 yards a carry, so coach Mack Brown is returning to the basics in the ground game.
“Our offense was built to have Colt beat teams with his arm because he was so accurate,” Brown said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “We’re not saying Garrett can’t carry out the same offense. But we want to go back to being more balanced.”
The running attack with be led by sophomore Tre’ Newton and given the Horns have four experienced senior offensive linemen returning this year, you can expect to see some big holes open up for him to run through. The Longhorns also have a deep receiving corps so Garrett Gilbert will not lack for targets in opposing secondarys.
Texas Longhorn Defense
However, the defense is the strength of the 2010 Longhorns and points are likely to be very hard to come by for their opponents this year. The Horns did lose some big name players but they return a strong defensive line, and the best secondary in the country with standouts Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams. In 2009 the Horns only allowed 180 yards a game in the air and notched 25 interceptions, the best in the NCAA.
Prospects for the 2010 Texas Longhorns
The sky is the limit for the 2010 Texas Longhorns, and do not be surprised if the end up back in the championship game again this year. While a good offense is important, and the Horns is somewhat untested at this point, it is a good defense that wins games, and the Longhorns have one of the best Ds in the country. If Texas can beat the Oklahoma Sooners on October 2, watch out as they are likely to run the table, win the Big 12, and be playing for all the college football marbles once again in January.