July 19, 2007

Key roles for the Longhorns up for grabs

Don't look now Longhorn fans, but we're less than three weeks away from the start of preseason practices. Texas is scheduled to take to the field for summer camp on August 6, and the Horns will be fielding a nice mixture of established veterans and up-and-coming youngsters.

In our continued look at the 2007 Texas Longhorns, we break down each position and pick which players have the most to win or lose, and which player will provide the biggest surprise when it's all said and done.

QUARTERBACKS

Most to gain - This one could easily go to John Chiles, but we'll give the nod to Sherrod Harris because he has a real chance this summer to solidify his spot as the team's No. 2 quarterback if he can clearly outperform Chiles. This is a battle that could very well set the mold for the quarterback depth chart for the next few years, so Harris has a chance to really solidify his standing.

Most to lose - On the flipside of the above statement, Harris could find himself in a difficult position if he's unable to hold of Chiles for the spot behind Colt McCoy. Harris has an extra year in the system above Chiles, so he obviously has the inside track, but if Chiles can find a way to win out the back-up quarterback spot it may be tough for Harris to climb the ranks in the future.

Biggest surprise - McCoy's numbers won't be as strong as they were last year. Now, before you run me out of town, let me explain. I fully expect McCoy to be the best quarterback in the conference and one of the best in the country, but his numbers might not be quite as strong as they were last year. In the 2006 season, everything went right for McCoy, including a couple of balls that looked to be sure interceptions that wound up turning into touchdowns. Defenses will adjust this year and make his job a little tougher, but he'll still find a way to slice them up for around 25 touchdowns.

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