September 17, 2007

Forty Acres report - Offense gets a boost


Last week, the Texas passing game got a shot in the arm with the return of Jordan Shipley, and the group should again make progress this weekend with the return of Billy Pittman, who has finished up his three-game suspension.

Pittman (along with defenders Sergio Kindle and Henry Melton), officially rejoined the team on Sunday night.

"We're definitely happy to have him back," said Quan Cosby. "He's been really eager to come back."

Pittman's return should give Texas its full complement of receivers for the first time all season. Although no official word has been given on Limas Sweed's availability, he was listed as a starter on this week's official depth chart, and he was one of six receivers that offensive coordinator Greg Davis listed as players that will be in the rotation this week, joining Cosby, Shipley, Pittman, Nate Jones and true freshman Brandon Collins.


One of the hot topics immediately following Saturday's win over Central Florida and again on Monday was Texas' struggles in the red zone. Mack Brown, Davis and several Longhorn players all mentioned that the team will be working overtime this week trying to find out what's causing the problems, and the coaches indicated that it was a combination of factors that's causing the offense to stall inside the 20.

Brown cited, in part, the inconsistency with the team's running game and he said after looking at every single play, there was no common element that resulted in the breakdowns. On each snap, it was a different person making a minor mistake.

Quarterback Colt McCoy, always his own harshest critic, put much of the blame on his own shoulders. The redshirt sophomore, who has already thrown five interceptions this year and nearly had a good half dozen other passes picked off, indicated that he's not performing as well as he can, including when the offense gets near the end zone.

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