Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns receiver Mike Davis (1) celebrates a third quarter touchdown with running back Malcolm Brown (28) against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Midseason Report Card – Texas Longhorns


The Texas Longhorns are halfway through the season.  it’s been rather disappointing thus far, but perhaps the second half will show much more fight out of the Longhorns.  Make sure you to check out the second half schedule for Texas Longhorns football from TicketCity after reading this report card to cheer them on during the final stretch of the season!

QB: D

After losing quarterback David Ash, the questions began to rain down. Should the reins be handed over to Case McCoy? Should they burn the redshirt of dual-threat sensation Tyrone Swoopes? Ultimately, the decision was made to exclusively turn everything over to McCoy, and, aside from the most recent Oklahoma performance which bumped this grade up from a D-, that hasn’t worked out all that well. This team still desperately needs a consistent leader the likes of Vince Young and Colt McCoy to achieve the goal of winning the Big 12.

Rest of offense: C+

The Texas offense, as a whole, hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire, but they have had some bright spots. Major character issues aside for a moment, WR Mike Davis has stepped up in some big ways at times this year, bailing the ‘Horns offense out of some troubling situations. The offensive line has also been getting better, which was evidenced by the great outing they had rushing the ball against Oklahoma, where they gashed the Sooners for 255 yards on the ground.

Defense: F

Yeah, in all, this Texas defense is horrible, even after the change following the Ole Miss blowout loss from Manny Diaz to Greg Robinson. The main problem, surprisingly, is the tackling, especially in the secondary. But generally, it seems at times that not one person on that entire Longhorns defense learned any sort of defensive fundamentals whatsoever. To rest my case, I’d like to turn your attention right here for a brief moment:

Overall: D+

I don’t want to discredit the Oklahoma win too much, but I still need to see a lot more from this team to be convinced that what happened on Saturday was more them turning a corner as a team than it was huge, blundering mistakes by the Sooners’ coaching staff.

Offensive spotlight: RB Johnathan Gray

I mentioned before about there being some bright spots on the offense, and this young man is definitely one of them. On the year, Gray’s totaled 562 yards–well on his way to another 1,000-yard season–and four touchdowns. But he’s by far the most talented player on this entire unit, and could be clutch in some big games down the road, much like is 123 yard performance in the RRR.

Defensive spotlight: DE Jackson Jeffcoat

Five sacks–which leads the entire Big 12–32 tackles and seven TFL automatically gives Jeffocat the nod over everyone else on this porous defensive unit, but we all had an idea coming into the season that he would in no way be a problem for this defense. Now, if everyone else can just follow his lead, this team might be in a lot better shape.

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