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October 30, 2013
Weis breaks down Texas
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis began his weekly press conference breaking down Texas
"After a slow start, Texas has got it rolling. They've won the last four in a row, led by Mack Brown, one of the best coaches in college football who has been there for 16 years. The man can still coach, 150 wins verses 43 losses there at Texas, 16 years in one place. The return almost everyone, obviously they lost (Kenny) Vaccaro, a first round draft choice; they return almost everyone on both sides of the ball.
"I think Mack made a very bold move earlier in the season when he let their defensive coordinator go and brought in Greg Robinson who had been around some. He's really settled their defense down. You go back to our game last year, they were moving all over the place- stunting and blitzing. He's really settled it down and just let their athletes be athletes. Especially when you got guys like (Jackson) Jeffcoat and (Cedric) Reed playing those defensive ends, they're both really good players. Outside you got (Malcolm) Brown and (Chris) Whaley, they're both really good players. The linebackers when their playing 4-3, you got (Steve) Edmond over at the Will and (Dalton) Santos in the middle and (Peter) Jinkins over at the Sam and they'll bring (Quandre) Diggs, who plays corner, down when they play the nickel. These guys are playing a lot of football.
"A lot of starts on that defense, a lot of talent on that defense. And what Greg has really done is just settle down the defense and let them settle in and just go out and play.
"Major Applewhite is their offensive coordinator. Funny Major anecdote, we signed Major- he was an undrafted player out of Texas- with the Patriots when I was with the Patriots. He had a nice May for us, went home, he was going to compete for our third quarterback. I had a cookout with my whole staff on Memorial day, and my phone rang and it was Major saying, 'I've decided I'm retiring from football. 'I still to this day remember that phone call from Major he decided he wanted to go into coaching and now he's the offensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns, his alma mater. 450 yards a game, 200 yards rushing, 250 yards passing and 32.5 yards a game.
"They use multiple personnel groups, but it's interesting since (Case) McCoy took over for (David) Ash, the personality in the past two weeks has changed. Thinking back to the Kansas State game, he'd been maybe 11 and 10 all the time, with three or four wide receivers on the field. Since he took over they've gone a lot more 12 personnel, where they'll put in two tight ends, and pound you. The one thing about Case when there's the changing of the guard at quarterback, for whatever reason Case is obviously not considered as a backup quarterback. He's well-respected by his peers, he's very well liked. The players are playing hard for him, he's got those two muchachos up front, he's got two big tackles in (Donald) Hawkins and (Kennedy) Estelle, 6-foot-5, 310 and 6-foot-7, 320. (Dominic) Espinosa's the center and (Trey) Hopkins is left guard and Walters is right guard and he seems like he's been around there forever, the emotional or psychological leader of that group.
"The running backs, I was involved with recruiting both of these guys, both (Johnathan) Gray and (Malcolm) Brown, obviously from different places for both of them, I was involved with recruiting both of these guys. They play a bunch of receivers, but if you're going to name two, you'd name Davis and (Jaxton) Shipley.(Gaston) Davis is their most athletic, most dynamic guy and Shipley is the go-to-guy. Seems like McCoy and Shipley, that combination must be part of longhorn history, I wonder if there is another two on the horizon, because this is the second time around already. Now they've been using both (Geoff) Swaim and Daniels at tight end, a lot of times together, they're kind of clones, about 6-foot-4, 250 both really physical guys at tight end.
"(Anthony) Fera handles most of the kicking and Shipley was the returner but the guy you really have to worry yourself with is Johnson in the return game. Now he's handling punt returns, he could be back there at kick returns as well. He's a backup wide receiver but he's a really fast guy who's kind of dynamic and has to be a concern."