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08:15 AM ET 12.13 | Major Applewhite taking over play-calling duties at Texas may turn out to be a continued step in the right direction. Combined with Harsin's spread-offense principles and liberal use of misdirection/trick plays, the Longhorns were an improved offensive unit in 2012. But the 'Horns still have issues at quarterback, as David Ash could not sustain his strong start to the season. The sophomore certainly continued his development this fall, but he continues to have trouble with red-zone turnovers. ... With Ash and [Case McCoy] coming back next year, it is imperative that Applewhite get better play from both signal-callers. Because unless Connor Brewer proves that he could be the answer in spring and preseason camp, the 'Horns may have the same issues at QB.

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December 13, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Ash is average at best!

December 13, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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Ash is average at best!

...and yet his QB rating is 10 points higher than Laundry

December 13, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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...and yet his QB rating is 10 points higher than Laundry

Hmmm, could be the team around these QBs ain't too hot either.

Just a big cluster f......a few years ago in the big A.

December 13, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Fix your defense and most of this goes away. Fix it not, and no matter how much better Ash or McCoy play, you still lose 4-5 games.

December 13, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Fix your defense and most of this goes away. Fix it not, and no matter how much better Ash or McCoy play, you still lose 4-5 games.

UTx's Secondary needs to tackle better.

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December 13, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Hmmm, could be the team around these QBs ain't too hot either. Just a big cluster f......a few years ago in the big A.

Not being too big of a homer, but they are still one of the youngest teams around. As JK said, if the D can play to their potential, all is good. If not, its 2-3 place.

The O played well when Ash was healthy. And they return, what, 9-10 starters?

December 13, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Fix your defense and most of this goes away. Fix it not, and no matter how much better Ash or McCoy play, you still lose 4-5 games.

Sounds like UTk as well. IF they had a fixed defense they might not have been so bad this year.

December 13, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Applewhite as OC, this is so funny.

This is a good thing, if Mathis takes RB coach job

December 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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Sounds like UTk as well. IF they had a fixed defense they might not have been so bad this year.

Switching to the 3-4 did not go well.

December 13, 2012  09:42 AM ET
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...and yet his QB rating is 10 points higher than Laundry

Tell me which one you would rather have on your team?

I will take Landry in spite of his flaws

December 13, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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UTx's Secondary needs to tackle period.

FIFY

December 13, 2012  09:46 AM ET

I feared that UTx would miss Harsin. "Gweed" seems to approve of Applewhite taking sole control of the OC duties. Anyone (with knowledge) care to break it down? Contributions? Strengths/weaknesses? Pluses/minuses?

December 13, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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Switching to the 3-4 did not go well.

apparently they're switching back. Jones has said he's ditching the 3-4 and going back to the 4-3. If Dooley was still there they'd be running the 5-6-2 defense.

December 13, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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Tell me which one you would rather have on your team?I will take Landry in spite of his flaws

I would definitely take a redshirt sr who is 23 over a true soph that is 19 :)
I think skills are fairly similar.

Ask me again next year.

December 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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I would definitely take a redshirt sr who is 23 over a true soph that is 19 :)I think skills are fairly similar. Ask me again next year.

Okay, I will ask you after Bell beats the horns by 35 points in the cotton bowl :-)

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