On Thursday the 13th, Marcus Goodwin was in Washington, D. C. meeting with the President, as an Olympian. Two days later, he was a star football player for the Texas Longhorns. The prior week to playing Ole Miss, he was named Most Valuable Player on the offense. That was based on his blocking ability. Marcus is an excellent athlete and turning out to be a very good football player. The last time I am aware of a Texas’ football player participating in the Olympics in Track and Field was Johnny Lam Jones. He was a member of the relay team and competed in the 100 meters. Lam will always be in my top 10 Track and Field Athletes from Texas. I put him in the class of the Michael Johnson,Michael Carter,Roy Martin,Kirk Baptist,Joe Deloach and more. Goodwin’s dedication to the game is rubbing off. Texas is starting to show the old Longhorn stuff. Back to the days when they had the Cash twins,Johnny Walker,Vince Young, Rickey Williams and others.
They are starting to dominant teams both offensively and defensively. And with the special teams starting to improve. This is probably a top 15 ranked team. But, lets not forget Mississippi is not one of the top ranked teams in the S.E.C. They are a young team with plenty of room to grow. They have a great coach but lack on size and depth. I give the program two years and they will be competing for a conference title.
This was the first time Texas ever played in Oxford. I was concerned about the team having to travel to the Grove having to play before 60,000 plus Rebel fans. Longhorns handle themselves well. Texas came out fast and scored on an interception and never really looked back. I must say the Rebels never gave up they had some big plays especially in the second quarter.
David Ash looked great. He continues to spread the ball around to various receivers. A very smart quarterback, making the right calls at the line of scrimmage. He stands tall in the pocket and shows a great deal of confidence. The offense total over 600 yards and scored over 50 points. Malcom Brown led the way with over 100 rushing yards. Texas also utilize other backs especially, Gray which is averaging over five yards a carry as a freshman. The receiving group led by Goodwin and Magic Davis played well. They are starting to stretch the field. This will only help the running game. And finally, the offensive line showed up to play. They produce some gaping holes which allowed the running game to flourish game. Now, one thing this offensive line can do is protect the quarterback. Offensively I would give them a grade of B+.
An non-bright spot would be the defense. For, some reason they are still having a hard time playing as a group. The linebackers are really having a problem and may get worse with out the services of Hicks. He went out the game with a injury. The linebackers need to play the run game better and get rid of the blockers. Secondary is given up the long ball. They are not playing up to their potential. Overall the defense gave up too many points and big plays. I would give them a grade of B-.
The specials team did fairly well with the kicking of Nick Jordan. And a blocked kick by M. Thompson. Had a little concern about the long kickoff return in the second quarter. I would give them a grade of C.
For this team to become a top 10 team. They most improve on defense especially at linebacker. The secondary needs to also step up and play 4 good quarters. And again , specials teams needs to continue to play good and not give up big plays. Overall, I give them a grade of B-.
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Written by Don Greene