The Texas Longhorns want a running game. Why? Experience in the national championship game showed coach Mack Brown and Texas that a running game can relieve pressure on a young quarterback. And don’t forget recruiting as a reason Texas and Brown are interested in a running game. Here are some details from the AP.
From the AP: Run, run, run. That’s all Texas coach Mack Brown wants to talk about.
For a program that won 25 games the past two seasons throwing the ball behind one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NCAA history, an iron-fisted commitment to building a punishing running game seems a bit drastic.
Texas will still throw the ball. But what Brown wants is a blood-and-guts running game that will get the tough yards and first downs “when we need it.”
Texas couldn’t get those against Alabama in a 37-21 loss in the BCS championship game last season. When quarterback Colt McCoy got hurt early in the first quarter, Texas’ first drive fizzled at the goal line and the Longhorns settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown.
And when Texas needed to control the ball and reorganize behind backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert, six possessions went three plays or fewer before Texas limped into halftime trailing 24-6. …
Texas averaged 4.0 yards per rush last season, a solid mark. But in the last two games against Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game and Alabama, the Longhorns totaled just 99 yards on 66 carries, an average of 1 1/2 yards.
The overall drop-off in recent years appears to have hurt Texas on the recruiting trail. Brown, who can usually charm top recruits to Austin with the snap of a finger, has struggled lately to land the traditional big, game-breaking running backs of Texas lore. (read the entire story below)