EARLY BIRD 2005 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
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TEXAS LONGHORNS
OFFENSE - 7
------RETURNING STARTERS------
DEFENSE - 9
KEY LOSSES
OFFENSE: Chance Mock-QB, Will Matthews-FB, Cedric Benson-RB, Tony Jeffery-WR, Bo Scaife-TE, Jason Glynn-C, Dusty Mangum-K
DEFENSE: Derrick Johnson-WLB, Phillip Geiggar-FS
Defensive Line

With six of the front seven on defense returning, the Horns can boast a physical presence up front with Rodrique Wright and Larry Dibbles in the middle.

Receiver

Since the names of Johnson and Williams departed a year ago, Texas has struggled to find a standout at the receiver position, which has not helped the passing game.

QB Vince Young
 
DT Rodrique Wright
 

* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2005 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
TEXAS 2005 DEPTH CHART
Returning Starters/
Key Players
OFFENSE
QB Vince Young-Jr ..
FB .. ..
RB Ramonce Taylor-So Selvin Young-Sr
WR Nate Jones-So Brian Carter-Sr
WR Limas Sweed-So ..
TE David Thomas-Sr ..
OT Jonathan Scott-Sr ..
OG Kasey Studdard-Jr ..
C .. ..
OG Will Allen-Sr Mike Garcia-Sr
OT Justin Blalock-Jr ..
K .. ..
DEFENSE
DE Brian Robison-Jr Aurmon Satchell-Sr
DT Larry Dibbles-Sr ..
DT Rodrique Wright-Sr Frank Okam-So
DE Tim Crowder-Jr ..
SLB Eric Hall-Sr ..
MLB Aaron Harris-Sr Scott Derry-So
WLB .. ..
CB Cedric Griffin-Sr ..
CB Tarell Brown-Jr Aaron Ross-Jr
SS Michael Huff-Sr Michael Griffin-Jr
FS .. ..
P Richmond McGee-Sr ..
QUICK ANALYSIS

Here we go again, Mack! Coach Brown brings back yet another Top Five billing. Similar questions exist that have existed for five seasons already, but most importantly: Can you win the big one? For years, the finger pointers claimed the Longhorns just were not physical enough. That case seems to have been rendered. Now, the knock sits on the passing game. Sure, Vince Young has wheels, but critics have been tough on his arm and his accuracy. His receivers are still one big question mark as playmakers will still be missing. RB Cedric Benson is not going to carry this load after four consecutive 1000-yard seasons. Texas should be as strong as ever up front on both sides of the ball, assuming players do not (though they could) bolt early for the pros. Across the board, Austin looks primed to take another stab at finishing where they started. One of these days (ala the Red Sox), Mack Brown is going to climb that hill. Until then, Mack would have to consider anything higher than No. 5 a gift.