Coach: Mack Brown
38-13-0, 4 years
2001 Record: 11-2
at Houston WON 53-26
Oklahoma @Dallas, TX LOST 3-14
at Oklahoma State WON 45-17
at Missouri WON 35-16
at Baylor WON 49-10
at Texas A&M WON 21-7
Colorado @Irving, TX LOST 37-39
Washington WON 47-43

2001 Final Rankings
AP-5,   BCS-5,   Coaches-7

AP Photo - Longhorn receiver Roy Williams attempts to dazzle opponents for the third straight year.
2002 Outlook

All eyes are on Simms. Major is gone, the job solely belongs to Chris, his final senior season. Keeping points on the board should not be a problem and so the defense should at least receive an easier task by not having to play uphill all of the time. Some tougher Big 12 opponents dot the schedule now with Nebraska and Kansas State being added on for 2002. Mack Brown has a long way to go to prove he can win a big game. He will certainly get his chance again, which spells trouble should he continue to fail if history is any indication. Something has to give. Here are these phenomenally talented kids in the starting lineup and the recruiting classes are churning out some unbelievable rankings. Winning the Big 12 Championship has to be the first goal and it seems the Red River Showdown with Oklahoma in Dallas is once again becoming a humongous factor with national championship ramifications. This October 12th date has got to be circled by both teams already. Don't miss it.

Projected 2002 record: 12-1

The Longhorns avoided sustaining any major injuries during the spring. Roy Williams had ankle surgery and missed spring practice, but he's expected to be at 100 percent by the start of preseason camp.


QB - 4 DL - 3.5
RB - 4 LB - 3
WR - 5 DB - 4.5
OL - 3 ..
Passing: Chris Simms, 214-362-11, 2603 Yards, 22 TD's

Rushing: Cedric Benson, 223 att., 1053 yds., 12 TD's

Receiving: Roy Williams, 67 rec., 836 yds., 7 TD's

Scoring: Dusty Mangum, 16 FG, 54 PAT, 102 pts.

Punting: Brian Bradford, 56 punts, 36.3 avg.

Kicking: Dusty Mangum, 16-23 FG, 54-55 PAT, 102 pts.

Tackles: Derrick Johnson, 83 tot., 57 solo

Sacks: Cory Redding, 5 sacks

Interceptions: Nathan Vasher, 7 for 17 yds.

Kickoff returns: Victor Ike, 13 ret., 30.7 avg.

Punt returns: Nathan Vasher, 37 ret., 337 yards, 15.0 avg.

OFFENSE: Matthew Anderson-C, Antwan Kirk-Hughes-OG, Mike Williams-OT, Major Applewhite-QB
DEFENSE: Maurice Gordon-DT, Tyrone Jones-SLB, D.D. Lewis-MLB, Everick Rawls-WLB, Quentin Jammer-CB, Ervis Hill-CB, Ahmad Brooks-FS

written by Chuck Wright
On offense Chris Simms returns for his senior year with all his skill position players intact. Simms set a single season record for touchdown passes and threwfor over 2,600 yards while leading the team to 10 wins. The biggest question mark is how he will respond to his 4-turnover performance in the Big XII title game and subsequent benching in the Holiday Bowl. If Simms cuts out the big game turnovers then Texas has a great chance to wind up in Tempe playing for the Sears Trophy. Sophomore Cedric Benson earned Freshman All American honors and looks to be fully recovered from a neck injury suffered in the Big XII championship game. He was the first Texas freshman running back to break the 1000-yard mark. Texas also features one of the best receiving corps in the nation. Juniors Roy Williams and BJ Johnson appeared to be coming into their own at the end of last season. Sloan Thomas will push for serious playing time while Tony Jeffery, Kyle Shanahan (son of Denver Bronco coach Mike Shanahan), and Brian Carter form a backup group that would start at most other schools. Williams has track speed on a 6'5, 210-pound frame and creates huge match up problems for defenders. Johnson is 6'2", 200 and has great ability with the ball in his hands, so well in fact the Horns love running reverses with him. Williams and Johnson are certain day one NFL picks if they choose to declare early next spring. Bo Scaife and Brock Edwards return as the tight end tandem and they are both talented. Bo should be among the nations leaders at the position while Brock is being used as both tight end and fullback to create match up problems for opposing defenses. Special teams were certainly an early weakness of Mack Brown's tenure in Austin, but no longer. Nathan Vasher showed off his return skills in the spring game with both a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns. Electric is the best word to describe this playmaker.


CONCERNS: The biggest questions for the Texas offense are on the line where first round pick Mike Williams, three-year starter Mike Anderson, and two year starter Antwan Kirk-Hughes have to be replaced. Jason Glynn has won the center spot and while smallish at 265 pounds, is one of the sharpest players on the team. Derrick Dockery and Tillman Holloway man the OG spots. Holloway started all games last season and Dockery, the leader of the line, started enough games that the coaches are not worried about these two. Biggest questions come at tackle. Robbie Doane returns for his senior year as last year's starter on the left side while redshirt freshman Jonathan Scott won the battle for the right side (blindside at Texas with lefty Simms). Scott looks to be the Longhorn's next offensive linemen taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Chris Simms-Sr Chance Mock-So
FB Matt Trissel-Sr Brock Edwards-Jr
TB Cedric Benson-So Brett Robin-Jr
WR Roy Williams-Jr Sloan Thomas-Jr
WR B.J. Johnson-Jr Tony Jeffery-So
TE Bo Scaife-Jr Chad Stevens-Sr
OT Robbie Doane-Sr Alfio Randall-Sr
OG Tillman Holloway-Jr Beau Baker-Sr
C Jason Glynn-So Will Allen-Fr
OG Derrick Dockery-Sr Lionel Garr-So
OT Jonathan Scott-Fr William Winston-Fr
K Dusty Mangum-So David Pino-So


written by Chuck Wright
STRENGTHS: The excitement about this year's defense starts up front with senior and team leader Cory Redding. Coming in as a second team All-American and All-Big 12 honoree last season, Redding looks to lead the line from his DE position. Now 6'5 and 270 pounds, he is big enough to stuff the run, fast enough to disrupt the backfield, and agile enough to drop into coverage as witnessed with his interception for a touchdown against North Carolina last season. Kalen Thornton (son of NFL star Bruce Thornton) is at the other defensive end spot and many of the Longhorn faithful think he may be better than Redding. Marcus Tubbs is at one tackle while Miguel McKay earned the other starting spot in spring drills. Texas recruited very well this season on the defensive line so expect to see some new faces like Larry Dibbles and Rodrique Wright push for playing time as true freshmen, along with providing depth. The Texas defense epitomizes Eddie Robinson's quote "agile, mobile, and hostile". If the linebackers play to potential and the two safeties return from grade issues then Texas is poised to have a superb season.


CONCERNS: The Longhorns have two big questions to answer in repeating as the top rated defense in the nation again. First is replacing Quentin Jammer, who was an All American cornerback and Thorpe finalist. Good news for Texas is that Nathan Vasher slides over from safety to his natural position of cornerback after an All-Conference sophomore year. The other side will be manned by Rob Babers who didn't get the press that Jammer did but played almost as well. Safety may be another issue as both projected starters sat out the spring to work on grades. If both return then the secondary could be a huge team strength. Backing up this secondary is alot of talent (some of the top players in the nation) but very little experience. The next question is replacing the entire linebacker corps. On one side will be DJ Johnson, Big 12 defensive newcomer of the year. Great things are expected of DJ, who definitely qualified as a playmaker. The other outside spot will be manned by converted safety Lee Jackson who would have been a starter last year if not for injuries. Reed Boyd, who eliminated all competition in spring early and never let go, will hold down the middle.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Cory Redding-Sr O.J. McClintock-Jr
DT Marcus Tubbs-Jr Stevie Lee-So
DT Miguel McKay-Sr Adam Doiron-Jr
DE Kalen Thornton-Jr Austin Sendlein-So
SLB Lee Jackson-Sr Braden Johnson-Fr
MLB Reed Boyd-Jr Eric Hall-Fr
WLB Derrick Johnson-So Aurmon Satchell-So
CB Nathan Vasher-Jr Cedric Griffin-Fr
CB Rod Babers-Sr Monti Collier-Jr
SS Cedric Griffin-Fr Michael Huff-Fr
FS Dakarai Pearson-Jr Kendal Briles-Fr
P Brian Bradford-Sr Justin Smith-So