September 12, 2007

Longhorns expect slugfest with UCF

Central Florida presents new challenges for Longhorns

In the first two games of the season the Longhorns have seen a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball. Against Arkansas State, the Texas staff was expecting to see a ball control offense and instead the Indians came out throwing the ball over the field. In both games the Longhorn offense has faced defenses that have blitzed heavier than they had shown in film preparations.

With George O'Leary's Central Florida squad next on the schedule, the Texas coaches have an idea of what they are getting into - a tough, hard-nosed, physical football game.

"This will be a different style this week," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. "Last week was speed and this week is more anchored guys. I'd like to tell you that they won't blitz us much, but who knows? Based on all of the breakdowns that we've done, they are a team that blitzes about 30% of the time; from basically the zone blitz concept."

According to Davis, O'Leary's team is going to make you earn everything you get on the offensive side of the ball.

"They are a little bit more of making you go the long way," Davis said. "(That's their) style of play.

Over on the defensive side of the ball, it's even easier to figure out. With a young and inexperienced passing attack that features three freshmen at wide receiver, the Knights will lean heavily on junior running back Kevin Smith, who rushed for a career-high 217 yards in a season-opening win at N.C State.

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