August 9, 2006

The pads are on ... let the fun begin

HOW WILL THE QUARTERBACK DEPTH CHART PLAY OUT?

This is without question the biggest story of preseason camp and it's legitimately one of the most intriguing questions in all of college football. Which of the true freshmen will step in and attempt to fill the shoes of the legendary Vince Young? be told, the dust won't settle on this battle until the youngsters have a couple of games under their belt. Right now, there's no way to predict how each of the young guys will perform when the lights come on, and the coaches will have to play both Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead early and often before getting a true read on each player's capabilities.

Through the first two days of camp, McCoy has been very solid and he's shown a nice control of the offense, which is key. He's not what one would call a vocal leader, but he certainly does look comfortable with the high-profile role that he's facing, and McCoy's work as a passer has been very efficient.

Snead too has shown his potential, including a couple of plays in which he's made spectacular throws on the move that caught the attention of the fans in attendance. His biggest hurdle at this early stage is gaining a better command of the offense and consistency. If he can continue to make strides in those departments, things could get interesting.

Prediction:Really, it looks like both players could do a decent job of leading the offense. But McCoy has a year of practice under his belt and it shows when he's on the field. He's an incredibly accurate passer, he's made nice reads on most of his throws and remained cautious with the football, and he's taken most of the first-team reps. Look for him to hold on to the starting job and take the opening snap in the season opener. And the guess here is that he'll surprise some folks when it's all said and done.

WHO WILL STEP UP IN PLACE OF VINCE YOUNG AS A TEAM LEADER?

"Our goal for the first month will be to reestablish our chemistry and our leadership." … Those were the words of Mack Brown the day before the Horns hit the practice fields for the first time.

Last year's team was full of talent on the field and character in the locker room, but let's be honest … when the team needed a pick-me-up, it always looked to the legendary VY. With Vince now making a name for himself in the NFL, the big question among the Longhorn fan base is who will fill the void as the unquestioned team leader?

Prediction: There's not going to be one guy that the troops will look to, instead a combination of players will absorb the responsibilities of leading the team, led by Selvin Young on offense and a host of players on defense, including Michael Griffin, Tarell Brown, Rashad Bobino, Robert Killebrew and Brian Robison.

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