March 30, 2007

The do's and don'ts of the spring scrimmage

Don't call it the Spring Game because it's technically just a scrimmage. Heck, it's not even the most important scrimmage that the team will go through this month in some respects, but it is the only live scrimmage that the Longhorn faithful are invited to attend and when you consider that it's the last official event until the team reports in August … well … it does mean something.

Therefore, I'm here to provide you with a list of 10 Do's and Don'ts for tomorrow's scrimmage so that you can know what to look for.

1. Do not go to the scrimmage expecting to see the Longhorns put on an entertaining show that will include all of the whistles and bells that you might see in September.

This event has never been about Mack Brown and his staff trying to show the fans what this team is made of. Instead, the coaching staff will try to get all of the first-team guys some good reps in the first 30 minutes of the scrimmage and then you'll see a lot of young players like Chykie Brown, Jared Norton and Josh Marshall get the majority of the reps. Evaluating young players and getting the upper-classmen through this scrimmage without an injury issues is priority No. 1. Also, don't expect to see any new schemes on either side of the ball. The brand of football will be as vanilla as it gets and the coaches want to keep it that way in the event that Oklahoma sends a few scouts to Austin in an effort to do get an early look.

2. Do keep a close eye on the back-up quarterback battle.

Mack Brown and Greg Davis have stated all spring that the battle for the back-up quarterback position is simply too close to call and there might not be a final decision made between redshirt freshman Sherrod Harris or true freshman John Chiles until the fall. However, that doesn't mean that we can't get an idea of how both players look under center after a full spring. Will Harris look as polished and crisp as many have suggested or will Chiles electrify the audience with his legs? The speculation from team insiders is that Harris has the edge in this battle, but Saturday will be a chance to see how both players react with a crowd in attendance.

3. Do not be surprised if Quan Cosby takes the opening kickoff of the scrimmage back for a touchdown.

Come on, it's basically a tradition at this point that someone will take back the first or second kickoff of the day for a touchdown. Some of the names that have pleased us in the past with this guilty pleasure are Nathan Vasher, Aaron Ross and Selvin Young. I'm predicting that Cosby is the guy that joins the long list of names that came before him.

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