September 30, 2007

The grades are in - KSU report card

Ugly. There are a lot of ways to describe the play of the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, but none of them are positive. That's hard to do when you suffer your worst home loss since UCLA ended the John Mackovic regime in 1997. Breaking down the 41-21 loss to Kansas State wasn't easy, but we've done it and we're ready to provide the glory details. Here's the position-by-position breakdown on the game.

Grading scale

A - All-American level
B - All-Conference level
C - Average
D - Below average
F - Complete failure

Quarterback - Colt McCoy had his moments in this game when he looked like the best quarterback in the Big 12, which is what many people projected he'd become heading into this season. His play on the three Texas scoring drives was inspiring, as he made plays with his arm, feet an head. It was the very best that he can offer. The problem with McCoy's performance on Saturday is that for the rest of the game, he was below-average at best and at times his level of performance dropped even more. Not all of his four interceptions can be placed on his shoulders alone, but the bottom line is that this team needs excellent play from McCoy to beat good teams and he didn't come close to putting together a complete performance. Each of his turnovers was just a back-breaker for the team and it was more than the Longhorns could come close to overcoming. John Chiles did some nice things in his spot duty, but he wasn't really a factor in the game, good or bad.

Grade: F

Running backs - I'm not sure there's even a way to properly grade junior starter Jamaal Charles because he become a non-factor in the game after the first quarter, despite doing some nice things in the running game in the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the first half, Greg Davis pretty much ignored the running game and then the running game wasn't able to establish itself for the rest of the game. That's not Charles' fault. That falls on the coaches. Overall, Charles and Vondrell McGee combined for 74 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts.

Grades: Incomplete

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