2009 Texas Longhorns Football Preview
2009 Texas Longhorns season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Texas Longhorns football preview as well as the 2009 Texas Longhorns Football Schedule. If you dont know how to beat the odds, give Maddux's winning NCAA picks a shot.
Coach: Mack Brown (12th year at Texas)
Team Name: Longhorns
2008 Overall Record: 12-1
Returning Starters: 16
The Texas Longhorns (12- 1 overall, 7- 1 Big 12) tied for first in the Big 12 South and earned an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl. The Longhorns, who were ranked third in the nation beat the 10th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 24- 21. In that manner, Texas continued their winning ways in 2008. In five years, they have won five straight bowl games and a total of 56 games. This year, Texas will contend for the SEC South title and the conference crown.
In 2008, the Longhorns averaged 42.4 PPG (5th nationally), fielding the 41st ranked running game and 7th ranked passing attack. Senior QB Colt McCoy (433 ATT, 332 COMP, 3,859 YDs, 34 TDs, 8 INTs), who came in second to Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford for the Heisman last year, is looking to put in a Heisman and National Championship season. McCoy is an all-around player. Along with possessing an accurate arm, he can run. Last season, he had 136 carries for 561 yards and 11 touchdowns. At wideout Jordan Shipley (89 REC, 1,060 YDs, 11 TDs) is a go-to guy. Four starters return to the frontline.
The 18th ranked Texas defense allowed opponents just 18.8 PPG. They were exemplary at stopping the rush as opponents gained an average of just 83.5 YPG. Versus the pass, they were less proficient, allowing 259.4 YPG (104th nationally). Replacing Lombardi and Nagurski winner Brian Orakpo (11.5 SKs, 7.5 TFL) at defensive end will be tough. Senior Sergio Kindle (53 TKLs, 10 SKs, 4 TFL), a former linebacker, moves to that end spot. The linebacking squad is led by senior WLB Rodderick Muckelroy (112 TKLs, 4 TFL). This season, the secondary welcomes back two seasoned vets who last year played as freshmen rookies—safety Earl Thomas (72 TKLs, 3 TFL, 2 INTs) and corner Aaron Williams (16 TKLs, 1 TFL, 1 INT). This should be a much better secondary.
The special teams are truly “special” on this club. Kicker Hunter Lawrence (60- 60 Extra Pts, 10- 12 FG) is a solid performer and punter Justin Tucker (14 Punts, 45.2 YPP, 8 In20) has a strong leg. Shipley (6 Punt RET, 64 YDs, 10.7 YPR, 1 TD) is an excellent runback man. Along with punts, he’ll handle kicks. Last season, he took down 15 kickoffs, averaging 26.3 YPR and making one touchdown.
In the time that head coach Mack Brown (115- 26 in 11 seasons with Texas) has been with Texas, his teams have averaged just 2.4 losses per season. The tradition is bound to continue as the Longhorns field a veteran club that is deep and experienced and brings in the top recruiting class in the conference. Last season, the club lost to Texas Tech 33- 39. Tech is on the docket on September 19. That should be a “W” for the Longhorns this year. The big game is versus Oklahoma on October 17. This team will vie for the Big 12 South title. If they win, they’ll be bound for the BCS National Championship game.
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