September 6, 2007

UT running game - time for a change?

A favorite pair of tennis shoes that have covered so much ground that the soles are beginning to come unglued. That grease-drenched hamburger that you know you need to cut out forever, but you just can't bring yourself to do it. A Sooner fan and his underpants.

Certain things are just hard to change and darn near impossible to get rid of, no matter how bad their condition.

Does the Texas run game fall into that category? It's hard to say definitively after just one game, but it's a question that a lot of Longhorn fans are asking and it might be time that the issue receives some consideration from those that actually have a say in the matter.

The Longhorns were able to muster 117 yards rushing in their season-opening win over Arkansas State, ranking the team 73rd in the country after week one. There's certainly room for improvement, and even those pedestrian totals were tough to accumulate.

Jamaal Charles ran as hard as he ever has in a Longhorn uniform, carrying the ball 27 times for 112 yards, and his efforts are one of the few areas that have actually drawn praise from the watchful critics that took in the game, including the Longhorn coaches. As Mack Brown said, "we felt like Jamaal did really well on Saturday night. He averaged over four yards a carry and he carried it 27 times."

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