QB Colt McCoy (PHOTO CREDIT: UT Photography)

2006 Statistics

Coach: Mack Brown
83-19, 8 years
2006 Record: 10-3
at Rice WON 52-7
vs. Oklahoma WON 28-10
at Nebraska WON 22-20
at Texas Tech WON 35-31
at Kansas State LOST 42-45
Iowa WON 26-24

2006 Final Rankings
AP-13, Coaches-13, BCS-19

2007 Outlook

The ’06 Longhorns didn’t look like they missed Vince Young until their two game skid (and near bowl loss to 6-7 Iowa) showed that they couldn’t just reload and stay at the same top level (national champs). Whereas Colt McCoy looked like he was in mid-season, upperclassman form right away as a frosh, it wasn’t until those last setbacks that he seemed like he still had work to do. A year older means a year wiser, and in head coach Mack Brown’s system, fostering a young QB and calling the offense to fit his strengths almost assures the ‘Orange Bloods’ a return to elite levels. There is little behind the sophomore, so McCoy needs to stay healthy for the Horns to reach their farthest. It never hurts to have all of the important talent positions back in full. The defense showed itself to be vulnerable via air attack, so the turnover seen in the secondary should eventually help improve coverages (landed the No.2 corner recruit). We will know real quickly if the DBs are ready when mid-major powerhouse Texas Christian comes to Austin for a game many UT fans know isn’t going to be easy. Resurgent programs Nebraska, Kansas State and Texas A&M (the last two were those season-ending losses, and they barely got by NU) – all foes again in ’07 - reflect the recent parity found in the Big 12, meaning Texas isn’t a few hands taller than everyone but Oklahoma anymore. This team will earn anything they get. The Red River Shootout, like Ohio State-Michigan, will again be both squad’s watershed game, and it kicks off a run where five of UT’s last seven games are on the road. Seeing the Longhorns looking human again will be like blood in the water to the sharks that are after them, so McCoy & Co. have to come out firing on all cylinders for this team to make the BCS…anything less, even if it is a double-digit win total, will cause more grumblings from the faithful and even more uncertainty for what the future holds here.

Projected 2007 record: 10-2
QB - 4 DL - 4
RB - 4 LB - 4
WR - 4.5 DB - 3
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Colt McCoy, 217-318-7, 2570 yds., 29 TD

Rushing: Jamaal Charles, 156 att., 831 yds., 7 TD

Receiving: Limas Sweed, 46 rec., 801 yds., 12 TD

Scoring: Limas Sweed, 12 TD, 72 pts.

Punting: Trevor Gerland, 6 punts, 39.2 avg.

Kicking: Ryan Bailey, 6-6 FG, 17-18 PAT, 35 pts.

Tackles: Marcus Griffin, 90 tot., 54 solo

Sacks: Brian Orakpo, 4.5 sacks

Interceptions: Marcus Griffin, 1 for 0 yds.; Ryan Palmer, 1 for 28 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Quan Cosby, 13 ret., 25.7 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: Quan Cosby, 2 ret., 32.0 avg., 1 TD


DT Frank Okam (PHOTO CREDIT: UT Photography)
OFFENSE: Selvin Young-RB, Neale Tweedie-TE, Kasey Studdard-OG, Lyle Sendlein-C, Justin Blalock-OT, Greg Johnson-K/P
DEFENSE: Brian Robison-DE, Tim Crowder-DE, Aaron Ross-CB, Tarell Brown-CB, Matt Melton-SS, Michael Griffin-FS

This will be the year that the legend of Colt McCoy will take hold and will give promise that a national title can soon return to Austin. The nation’s top passing freshman (No.8 for all QBs) and a first-team Freshman All-American, this Tuscola-native’s feet have a quick enough burst that he finished fourth on the team for rushing (third if you discount sacks). McCoy learned valuable lessons in their last three games (two were losses) that will pay dividends in improving his leadership to the point needed to take Texas back to the BCS. Thin ranks behind Colt (due to Jevan Snead transferring to Mississippi) mean his health is paramount for keeping Texas competing at its highest level. Running back Jamaal Charles could be an every-down guy, but talent is stacked up three-deep behind him and the multiple sets run by ninth-year coordinator Greg Davis should see many faces producing yards. The thunder to Charles’s lightning is 268-lb junior Henry Melton, a goal-line specialist who lost only five yards in 132 career carries. Speaking of inside running, the interior of the line gets junior guard Cedric Dockery back at full strength, but the promotion of heady (perennial) backup Dallas Griffin to starter at center will be key in improving all efforts up front as he identifies defenses and calls out the needed blocking scheme. The arrival of No.2 guard recruit Tray Allen sure helps, too. Look for the OL to allow even less than 19 sacks with both tackles back. The time McCoy will be afforded to survey the downfield proceedings will allow All-Big 12 senior receivers Sweed and Pittman to put that extra move on DBs. Guys like Jordan Shipley, a solid third receiver, and second-leading snarler Quan Cosby will have to hold off a litany of recent four-star recruits (Payne, Webber) who have the talent to see the field on gameday. Sophomore TE Jermichael Finley is more like an extra receiver coming off the line, so senior Peter Ullman and others will come in to tip their hand when coming in for running plays. This offense will surge past what it was in ’06 to again become an almost-unstoppable force.


WR Limas Sweed (PHOTO CREDIT: UT Photography)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Colt McCoy-So (6-3, 205) Sherrod Harris-Fr (6-3, 219)
John Chiles-Fr (6-2, 197)
FB Chris Ogbonnaya-Jr (6-1, 225) Antwan Cobb-Fr (6-0, 215)
RB Jamaal Charles-Jr (6-1, 200) Vondrell McGee-Fr (5-10, 200)
WR Limas Sweed-Sr (6-5, 219) Jordan Shipley-Jr (6-0, 188)
WR Billy Pittman-Sr (6-0, 200) Nate Jones-Sr (6-2, 195)
WR Quan Cosby-Jr (5-11, 200) ..
TE Jermichael Finley-So (6-5, 236) Peter Ullman-Jr (6-4, 255)
OT Tony Hills-Sr (6-6, 305) J'Marcus Webb-So (6-8, 310)
OG Charlie Tanner-So (6-4, 295) Chris Hall-So (6-4, 295)
C Dallas Griffin-Sr (6-4, 285) Buck Burnette-Fr (6-3, 310)
OG Cedric Dockery-Jr (6-4, 320) Chris Hall-So (6-4, 295)
OT Adam Ulatoski-So (6-8, 300) Britt Mitchell-Fr (6-5, 280)
K Ryan Bailey-Jr (6-2, 195) Hunter Lawrence-So (6-0, 175)



Rebuilding the secondary is about the only thing that can keep this defense from getting better, especially seeing how all of its starting linebackers and tackles return. Like Florida and Southern Cal, the holes in this defense will be filled with worthy recruits who represent little, if any, drop-off from their stellar departees. Examples of this are junior ends Orakpo and Lewis, two reserves with extensive experience and stats to prove it. Senior tackles Okam and Lokey (looking good after a broken leg) rotate interchangeably with overachieving junior Roy Miller – penetrating speed from these three pushes runners outside, and they are a huge reason Texas finished third in the nation for run stopping. This year’s line can be just as good since they will have the entire two-deep at LB from ’06 behind them. Weakside senior Derry earned huge praise in spring ball for his leadership and his huge work ethic. Middleman Bobino’s range goes sideline to sideline as he clogs lanes, and the upside of 2006’s top linebacking recruit, Sergio Kindle, will likely be seen as he vies for the start somewhere. Secondary coach Duane Akina rebuilds around local-hero Marcus Griffin at safety, though, depth there looks like the defense’s most vulnerable area. A sure tackler, Griffin is the last starter left from a group that ranked 75th in defensive pass efficiency (99th for pass defense), making us believe that the turnover amongst the starters will be good for Texas’s DB proceedings. Fortunately, the reserves-turned-starters at corner, just like the ends, did see extensive playing time last season, and they will have to fend off No.2 CB recruit Curtis Brown and other four-star prospects to keep their place on the depth chart. Major improvements in the secondary under a guy like Akina are highly likely, and earning top 30 status as a team for pass defense would almost assuredly equal Texas again winning the Big 12 title.


DB Marcus Griffin (PHOTO CREDIT: UT Photography)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Adam Lewis-Jr (6-4, 260) Lamarr Houston-So (6-2, 265)
Henry Melton-Jr (6-3, 268)
DT Frank Okam-Sr (6-5, 320) Thomas Marshall-Sr (6-6, 290)
DT Derek Lokey-Sr (6-2, 280) Roy Miller-Jr (6-2, 295)
DE Brian Orakpo-Jr (6-4, 248) Eddie Jones-Fr (6-3, 260)
SLB Robert Killebrew-Sr (6-2, 230) Sergio Kindle-So (6-4, 239)
MLB Rashad Bobino-Jr (5-11, 228) Jared Norton-So (6-3, 236)
WLB Scott Derry-Sr (6-3, 230) Roddrick Muckelroy-So (6-2, 230)
CB Brandon Foster-Sr (5-9, 180) Deon Beasley-So (5-10, 170)
CB Ryan Palmer-Jr (5-10, 190) Chykie Brown-Fr (6-1, 180)
SS Drew Kelson-Sr (6-2, 215) Erick Jackson-Sr (6-2, 200)
FS Marcus Griffin-Sr (6-0, 202) Robert Joseph-So (6-2, 195)
P Trevor Gerland-So (6-2, 190) ..




Junior big-footed walk-on kicker Ryan Bailey went 6-for-6 after getting the nod and winning the Nebraska game. Sprinter Trevor Gerland likely gets the punting job (is sure to run a few fakes for first downs), though he and Bailey are both capable of pulling double duty if/when needed. Quan Cosby is a kick/punt returning machine who will quietly vie for All-Big 12 and All-American status.