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Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook
Updated: July 18, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)
LOCATION Austin, Texas
CONFERENCE Big 12 (South)
LAST SEASON 10-3 (.769)
CONFERENCE RECORD 5-3 (t-2nd)
OFF. STARTERS RETURNING 6
DEF. STARTERS RETURNING 4
COLORS Burnt Orange & White
HOME FIELD Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Jamail Field (93,000)
HEAD COACH Mack Brown (Florida State '74)
RECORD AT SCHOOL 103-25 (10 years)
CAREER RECORD 189-99-1 (24 years)
ASSISTANTS Mac McWhorter (Georgia '74), Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line
Greg Davis (McNeese State '73), Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Major Applewhite (Texas '03), Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
Duane Akina (Washington '79), Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs
Will Muschamp (Auburn '96), Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Bruce Chambers (North Texas '82), Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
Oscar Giles (Texas '91), Defensive Ends
Bobby Kennedy (Northern Colorado '89), Assistant Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
Mike Tolleson (Delta State '70), Defensive Tackles/Special Teams
TEAM WINS (Last five yrs.) 10-11-13-10-10
FINAL RANK (Last five yrs.) 13-4-1-21-11
2007 FINISH Beat Arizona State in Holiday Bowl.
2008 Schedule | 2007 Results | 2007 Stats
COACH AND PROGRAM
Last season Texas took a step back. Seeming recharged and reloaded after a BCS Championship run in 2005 and what looked like a hiccup (if you call 10 wins a hiccup) a year later, the Longhorns appeared poised in '07 to make another run at a national title. They just weren't up to it.
Their defense, which was then under Larry McDuff instead of Gene Chizik, couldn't play up to its expectations, giving up too many big plays to be effective. The offense did fine, but when game-breaking wide receiver Limas Sweed was lost with a season-ending wrist injury in October, the dynamic changed and big plays were harder and harder to find. So, too, were victories.
This season, Texas has the horses. It has the tradition. It has the know-how. Does it have the intangibles, the magic pixie dust Vince Young sprinkled every time he juked, bobbed or weaved, every time he scrambled and found a receiver for a drive-sustaining completion?
For all Mack Brown has achieved – seven consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins, five straight bowl victories, a BCS title in 2005 – he still has one albatross to shake. Can he win a national title with a quarterback who's merely very good instead of extraordinary? Can people finally give him the credit, not his recruits?
For all Texas loses – tight end Jermichael Finley, wide receiver Limas Sweed, halfback Jamaal Charles and seven defensive starters – Brown isn't taking the cup-is-half-full approach. "We lost a great tailback, a great tight end, two other receivers who were very good and only four guys are back on defense," Brown said. "And yet we're as experienced as we've ever been. We don't have the star-studded lineup we've had the last few years, but we'll still be at least as good."
Texas showed signs of getting its act together by jumping on Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl and not letting up. That was what people expected of Texas all season, and a strong bowl finish gives rise to high hopes, particularly if the Longhorns can replace playmakers at wide receiver, running back and tight end – and things do look good at all those spots – and rebuild a secondary that was at times porous, at others adequate, last season.
That job falls to former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who will try to restore a Longhorn defense that slipped last year. So far, he has won converts. "He's very intense," said end Brian Orakpo. "He'll get in your face and then love you to death afterward." "You want your players to have the personality of their coach," Muschamp said. "I wasn't a very good player, so I played with a lot of intensity. You have to play defense with controlled aggression."
Aside from the restructuring of the lineup, there are other, more potent obstacles as well. Oklahoma is riding high, with a proven quarterback and a solid defense and a momentum changing victory over Texas in a series that seems governed by streaks. Texas Tech, too, is always a formidable hurdle. Oklahoma State may be finding its stride. Texas A&M boasts two straight wins over the Longhorns and under new coach Mike Sherman may finally put all the parts together.
Kansas and Missouri, two BCS worthy teams last year that return their starting quarterback and many of their respective weapons, jump back on the Big 12 schedule for the next two seasons.
The Longhorns had also been hit by a series of run-ins with the law last season, which took some of the glimmer off Mack Brown's do-it-by-the-rules reputation. That will hardly be tolerated by the Texas faithful, who adhere strongly to a creed that they do everything better and bigger than anyone else – including following the rules – and to Brown's credit, his program did exactly that from the Holiday Bowl on into the spring and offseason.
Should the Longhorns keep themselves off the injury list – and police blotters – they should once again go into their game against Oklahoma on Oct. 11 facing their annual winner-take-all, no-holds-barred cage death match.
Brown said he's ready to renew himself after 10 seasons at Texas, even if it means, at least mentally, starting over. "We're going to treat it like we've never played before, like this is our first year at Texas," he said. "No. 1, with the coaches, we don't want them to take for granted that they've been at Texas. Same with the players. Same with me."
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This is Colt McCoy's team now. McCoy (6-3, 215) had a breakout freshman season followed by a retrenching, insight-giving sophomore year. He's a junior now. It's time.
He's not Drew Carey following Bob Barker on the Price is Right anymore. He's not Chris Mihm following Shaq, or Aaron Rodgers picking up for Brett Favre. He's his own quarterback now, and this should be his team.
Most signs point to that being the fact. McCoy, whose neck injury on an otherwise innocuous quarterback sneak at Kansas State in '06 pretty much scuttled that season, is bigger, stronger and, yes, faster. He's a guy the Longhorns believe can actually be a threat in the zone read, not an afterthought, who can gain more yards on designed plays than scrambles, as he did last season.
Now all he has to do is prove it.
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Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Greg Davis said McCoy's development is not atypical. "It's not uncommon for guy who plays early in their career to have what is a two-year cycle," Davis said. "The first year, everything turns to gold. The second year, a lot more happens."
That "a lot more," by the way, isn't a good thing.
"We weren't as talented in the offensive line," Davis said. "Also, we probably put too much on him at the line of scrimmage, making calls. We were young and banged up in the offensive line, and we gave him options.
"Because he watches so much film and he's so smart, he tries to put us in the perfect play every time. Really and truly, I think we added to the problem by giving him too many choices."
Texas has always put a tremendous amount of emphasis on explosive plays – runs of 11-plus yards; passes of 16 or more – and Davis said that may have put added pressure on McCoy to hold the ball longer and try to make something happen instead of throwing it away and living to play another down.
Oddly, many of McCoy's biggest plays, most of them runs, came when he was forced to scramble. He also made some of his biggest mistakes. "Even though he made huge plays off schedule, when we broke everything down, his percentage was diminished," Davis said. "The risk-reward was dramatically diminished. There's a thin line when you deal with quarterbacks. You don't want to coach that spontaneity out of them, but you don't want it to hurt you, either."
Said McCoy, "There's a time to take that shot – there's a time to play within what's around you. Last year the offensive line injuries hurt us because we weren't able to do as many protective schemes. Defenses knew that."
McCoy, however, is expected to get the ball more on called plays. He bulked up, from 210 pounds, worked on his speed and strength, and figure to be more than a token option in the zone read.
"Colt rushed for 480 yards last year," Davis said. "That's not bad for a quarterback. If we had not had Vince, people would say he's the best deal there since James Street." "I don't even know if I rushed for 50 yards in a game in high school," McCoy said. "It was nothing I ever needed to do."
Now it is, and how well he does it could mean a great deal as to how well the Texas offense works. McCoy's health, too, is no small concern.
Backup John Chiles (6-2, 205), a sophomore, handled the zone read aspect of the offense well in cameo appearances last year, though he tried only nine passes in seven games, with only one completion. Working on his passing was, obviously, a major focus in the spring. "He's probably a 50-percent passer now," said Brown, who would like to see that climb into the low 60s.
Sophomore Sherrod Harris (6-3, 200), who played in two games last year but didn't record a rush or pass, was slowed by a knee injury early last year but is expected to be healthy in the fall.
Conventional wisdom may have dictated that Jamaal Charles stick around another year, prove his dependability and expand his versatility, add to his highlight reel and be a first-round pick in '09.
But Charles, the mercurial halfback who could at times dominate games as well as cough them up with fumbles, opted for the NFL draft. The Kansas City Chiefs, who have enjoyed no small amount of success with a free agent who had played at Texas – Priest Holmes – liked his pedigree and loved his speed, taking him in the second round.
"Few people have a 10.12 [in the 100 meters] tailback," Brown said of Charles' ability to change a game. "We didn't have that Ricky [Williams] or Cedric [Benson]. To compare anybody with Jamaal would be unfair. It's like comparing them to Vince [Young]."
Normally, that would leave a gaping hole. But Texas, being one of those programs that tends to reload rather then rebuild, is confident the hole will be filled. Senior Chris Ogbannaya (6-1, 225) showed he's a dependable, if somewhat pedestrian running threat. An above-average third-down back, sophomore Vondrell McGee (5-10, 205), showed enough in spurts relieving Charles a year ago to convince people he can be the kind of back who may not get you 60 yards in one carry, but will get you six 10-yard gains.
Then redshirt freshman Foswhitt Whittaker (5-10, 195) became the sensation of the spring, all but alleviating any doubts that while Charles game-breaking speed might be missed, his production can still be covered.
Ogbonnaya is, if nothing else, the security blanket. He averaged 2.5 yards on 26 carries but also turned into a pretty good threat on third down, catching 21 passes for 204 yards. Neither McGee nor Whittaker is a burner – but they aren't exactly plodders, either. "If you went out and raced them, it'd be pretty close," Davis said. "And they'd run faster than you think."
They don't appear to be the type of backs who'll dazzle, but will simply produce. At least that's the expectation. "We've had backs who've always had people saying, 'Did you see that?' " Davis said. "With these guys, there'll be very few 'did you see that's,' but at the end of the game you'll look and they will have had impressive days."
Last season McGee was Charles' main backup and gained 297 yards on 75 carries with eight touchdowns, showing a strong, between-the-tackles style of running. "Vondrell's more of a slasher type," Davis said. "He reminds me of Cedric Benson." Whittaker, too, invokes memories of another of the string of 1,000-yard backs under Davis.
"Fozzy's a little more in the Hodges Mitchell style," Davis said. "He's got great vision, a great ability to jump in the hole and make guys miss."
In the spring, Whittaker was one of the players who made the most of his chance, showing slipperiness and agility.
Fullback in the Texas offense, like it is in most offenses, is no better than a thankless part-time job. With the Longhorns using three-wideout sets, as apt to line up a tight end at fullback to get mismatches in the pass game, the job needs someone who's solid and willing to be anonymous.
That player, this year, is Antwan Cobb (6-0, 222) who started one game in 2007, played in six more but touched the ball only nine times, though his one reception was for a touchdown.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
When Limas Sweed went out in October with a wrist injury that would require surgery, he left the Longhorns without the one big-threat guy who can bail out the offense when it got into a hole. Oh yeah, Texas also lost Billy Pittman and Nate Jones, two guys who were dependable with potential for occasional big plays. Sweed's combination of height, speed and hands were impossible to replace. Senior Quan Cosby (5-11, 205) contributed what he could, and it was significant, but though he had the skills to break games open, he no longer enjoyed the single coverage Sweed would afford him.
Texas also had a burgeoning big-play threat in Jermichael Finley, who had teased but never quite fulfilled the promise he showed when he and McCoy were redshirting as freshmen and on the scout team gave the first-team defenders – from a national title caliber defense, that is – fits. Davis, though, doesn't appear worried.
"We'll have guys who can play," he said.
"There's some talk we're not as explosive," Brown said. "We're as fast as last year."
The flanker will be Jordan Shipley (6-0, 195), a sure-handed fifth-year senior with deceptive speed who's battled leg injuries much of his time in Austin.
Finding depth is more important than usual. With the change to the NFL game clock, there will be less time to rest, and therefore more need to shuttle in fresh receivers. Sophomore letterman Brandon Collins (6-0, 170) and freshman Malcolm Williams (6-3, 225), a mid-term addition, and sophomore James Kirkendoll (5-11, 175) have good speed and have shown signs of figuring the five-man rotation the Longhorns employ.
Sophomore tight end Blaine Irby (6-3, 240), who saw spot action last year but not enough to truly leave a taste of his ability, has drawn comparisons to a standout tight end of recent Longhorn vintage. David Thomas proved to be Young's go-to guy in the Rose Bowl victory over USC in '06, and he set the mold for Longhorn tight ends in the shotgun offense. Davis thinks Irby has similar skills.
"He's kind of a David Thomas guy," Davis said. "He can play tight end, fullback, even some at wide receiver. He brings some flexibility."
The designated blocker will be senior Peter Ullman (6-4, 260). Both will be backed up by hybrid Josh Marshall (6-4, 240) a sophomore and former wide receiver who has added strength and muscle.
Last year's misfortune – and there was plenty of it – is this season's blessings. "We probably have more guys, more depth, than any of those other teams we've had," Davis said. "That may be true too of any of the 36 years I've been coaching."
"Part of being a Texas football player," said junior center Chris Hall (6-4, 300) with a hint of a laugh, "is being ready to do anything."
Hall is the lynchpin, the jack-of-all trades who becomes the starting center and the leader of a line that's talented, with a smattering of experience, but overall still pretty young. Hall had the distinction of playing all five line positions against Iowa State. "He's got to be proud that he played all five line spots," Davis said. "The bad thing is that he had to play all five line spots."
Hall is cemented in at center this season – barring another cataclysmic, injury-riddled season – and figures to be among the league's best there.
Texas has no shortage of experienced linemen, many of whom saw time last season at more than one position. This year's starting lineup shapes up like this – Hall at center; senior Cedric Dockery (6-4, 320) at right guard; sophomore Kyle Hix (6-7, 320) at right tackle; junior Charlie Tanner (6-4, 300) at left guard; and junior Adam Ulatoski (6-8, 310) at left tackle. Ulatoski missed the spring with injuries, but like Dockery, who was knocked out part of last season as well, he's expected back at full speed when practice begins.
Waiting in the wings are several players who saw valuable playing time last season – sophomores Michael Huey (6-5, 315), Buck Burnette (6-3, 320), Brett Mitchell (6-5, 300) and Tray Allen (6-5, 320). Red-shirt freshman Aundre McGaskey (6-5, 295) should also work in the rotation at tackle.
Job No. 1 on the offensive line will be providing a pocket for McCoy, who last year was all-too-frequently forced to scramble and try to make plays on the run.
The Longhorns are set here, with the return of senior place-kicker Ryan Bailey (6-2, 205) and kickoff specialist Hunter Lawrence (6-0, 180), a junior.
Bailey, the former walk-on who earned a spot in Texas history with his debut kick, a last-second game winner against Nebraska in 2006, made 24-of-28 field goals last season, including his last six.
Lawrence solved another Longhorn need despite the change in kickoff position last year. He's booted 31 touchbacks, 16 of them last season, in 133 career attempts.
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For the longest time, Brown struggled to find the true, pass-rushing ends that teams like Miami and Florida State seemed to attract in droves.
That changed six years ago, when the Longhorns recruited players like Tim Crowder and Brian Robison, and slowly but surely, he's made Austin a destination for that high energy, high-speed caliber of player.
This year, the Longhorns should boast one of their best – and deepest – set of ends in recent memory. "You can't make a living blitzing all the time anymore," Muschamp said, indicating he wants an honest rush from his front four.
Senior Brian Orakpo (6-4, 260), who was chosen a Playboy All-American in late May, said keeping their motors running is just as important – all across the defense.
"It seems we quit at times last year," Orakpo said. "Not necessarily quit, but we didn't finish the plays we needed to to get off the field. We were playing complacent." Orakpo hopes to be the one to set the tone this season by rushing the passer. In the offseason he watched video of similar type NFL ends (Read: lean and quick) like Miami's Jason Taylor and Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney.
"Coach [Muschamp] always says a good pass rush makes a good pass defense," Orakpo said.
Orakpo will be bracketed on the other side by former fullback Henry Melton (6-3, 265), a senior who appears to have found a home. Two smallish-but-quick sophomores who showed their chops last year in backup roles are Sam Acho (6-3, 258) and Eddie Jones (6-3, 260.
The Horns should be smaller but quicker at tackle. Senior Roy Miller (6-2, 285) and converted ends Aaron Lewis (6-4, 265), a senior, and Lamarr Houston (6-2, 275), a junior, will likely be the three-man rotations with junior Ben Alexander (6-0, 310) also figuring in the mix.
Miller slimmed down to 285 in the spring after playing at 305 last season. "I want to be quicker," he said. "I'm expecting to play the whole game. I want to play every rep."
His new players knew Will Muschamp before they met him. Knew him well, they figured. They saw him on YouTube going postal on the Auburn sideline during a 2007 game against Arkansas. Or was it Florida? Or Alabama.
You get the idea. They saw him act with ferocity on the sideline, saw him bleed raw emotion, saw him live and die with his unit, saw him & well, do everything they want him to do for them. Everything they need him to do for them.
"We had to get ready for a crazy man," tackle Roy Miller said of the sight. "That video had us all fired up. We couldn't wait. [His energy] is something we've been needing around here. Last year we had a lot of problems late in games. With coach Muschamp, you understand every play counts."
Muschamp inherits what may be the Longhorns' most talented group of linebackers, if not the most accomplished. Senior Rashad Bobino (5-11, 238) returns in the middle. The two-time All-Big 12 honoree has started 38 of the 39 games he has played, and is a steady influence.
He'll be flanked on the strong side by junior Sergio Kindle (6-4, 239), whose career has been marked by injuries, a suspension and unfulfilled promise. Finally healthy, he should be poised for a breakout season, and could be an effective force off the edge.
On the weak side, junior Roddrick Muckelroy (6-2, 230) was voted one of the team's outstanding defensive newcomers last year in filling a backup role, with 2.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
All three backups have flashed talent, particularly Jared Norton (6-3, 242), a junior who'll work behind Bobino, and freshman Keenan Robinson (6-3, 220), a Parade All-American who redshirted last season. Sophomore Dustin Earnest (6-3,233) is slotted as the backup on the weak side.
Aside from Vince Young, the Longhorn secondary was probably the biggest key to the '05 national title run. The last two seasons, though, it's been their biggest vulnerability and one of the main reasons they've faltered.
Only one starter returns, senior cornerback Ryan Palmer (6-0, 190), who's solid but unspectacular. Junior Deon Beasley (5-10, 175), who has played 13 games over two seasons as a backup corner and in the nickel and dime packages, moves into the other spot.
The Longhorn safeties have struggled the last two seasons, often caught in no-man's land between deep balls and run support. With three of the four candidates to fill these spots redshirt freshmen and the other a lightly seasoned junior who boasts the unit's only career start, this is the obvious concern on defense.
All had productive and promising springs, but spring football and fall games are two different things.
Ishie Odeuegwu (5-10, 210), a junior, is the most experienced, and he'll fill one of the safety spots, which Muschamp has termed right and left instead of strong and weak. Converted cornerback Earl Thomas, one of the freshmen, goes into the preseason as starter at the other spot, with heady freshman Christian Scott (6-1, 208), a former ESPN Top 150 prospect, as his backup.
Freshman Ben Wells (6-1, 195), a four-year honor roll student who was also a prep All-American, is the fourth member.
This traditionally has been the redheaded stepchild of the Longhorns – they've never had a punter earn All-Big 12 honors, not even honorable mention.
That doesn't mean they haven't had some solid punters. Last year's starter, Justin Moore, averaged 41.0 yards on 34 punts, including 12 inside the 20. But Moore's gone, and two scholarship players, junior Trevor Gerland (6-2, 195) and freshman Justin Tucker (6-1, 171), get a shot at his job.
Tucker, fresh out of high school and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, showed signs of making a move in the spring, but the job belonged, tenuously as it was, to Gerland.
The Longhorns were solid in returns last season, and Quan Cosby did enough on kick and punt returns to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. He had 42 kickoff returns for 1,017 yards and a touchdown; 19 punt returns for 178 yards.
That's a double-edged sword for the Longhorns. "We don't want Quan doing everything," Brown said.
Brown would like to take some of the load off of Cosby, who'll be the Longhorns' lead receiver, and to that end they worked cornerback Deon Beasley on punt returns in the spring.
Cosby handled all but eight of the returns last season, including onside and pooch kicks, and that's where he'll likely get the biggest break. Vondrell McGee and Antwan Cobb are among a whole of cast of defensive backs and running backs who'll get a look there in the fall.
The Longhorns' coverage units were fairly solid, save for a touchdown and punt return for a score in a searing loss to Kansas State. The Longhorns, normally very potent at blocking punts and kicks, didn't turn back a kick or punt all of last year, as startling a stat as they had in 2007.
BLUE RIBBON ANALYSIS
The Longhorns have had ample time to rebuild.
They won't find another Vince Young, but if Muschamp and McCoy live up to their reps, and Whittaker and McGee can tote the ball effectively without game-killing turnovers (see Charles, Jamaal), they may not need one.
Grading the Longhorns
Quan Cosby and Peter Irvin should be solid, but they'll need help. If either of the freshmen receivers comes through as billed, they'll get it. With an experienced offensive line, McCoy shouldn't be forced to scramble – which, quizzically, was a strength last year – or force passes, a killer last season. Bottom line, time should equal success. At least the Longhorns will be fun to watch this season.
"We've put a lot of emphasis on explosive plays and the turnover margin," Davis said. "We call it a double positive. In our 10 years we're 60-0 when we've won both. Now we want to add trick plays. We want to work on it enough to where it's not a shock. It's something we do."
Still, with the high-powered offenses and great quarterbacks – Sam Bradford, Stephen McGee, Graham Harrell and Chase Daniel, etc. etc. – in the Big 12, defense will win it or lose it. If Muschamp can mold a pass defense that should have the requisite pressure up front from Brian Orakpo and the others and can coax solid play from a young set of safeties (Clue: Don't bite on the run fake), the Longhorns can make a run for the South title and maybe even the BCS crown.
Texas will be interesting to watch for other reasons. With Major Applewhite on board as assistant head coach, it's interesting to speculate on whether he's the hand-picked successor for offensive coordinator Greg Davis, should he finally get the top-level head coaching job he's sought, or even Brown, who has never seemed to be a Paterno-like coaching lifer.
Applewhite didn't come to Texas because he wasn't ready to part with his burnt orange wardrobe or because he likes the title of running backs coach. It's hard to dismiss the notion that something is in the works, probably not this year, but likely sometime in the next five.
That drama may be as much fun to watch as the season.
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Big 12 Conference
Big 12 North
3. Kansas State
6. Iowa State
Big 12 South
3. Texas Tech
4. Oklahoma State
5. Texas A&M
All-Big 12 Team
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
WR: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
OL: Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
OL: Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma
OL: Colin Brown, Missouri
OL: Adam Ulatoski, Texas
OL: Ryan Miller, Colorado
QB: Chase Daniel, Missouri
RB: Marlon Lucky, Nebraska
RB: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
TE: Chase Coffman, Missouri
DL: Ian Campbell, Kansas State
DL: George Hypolite, Colorado
DL: Auston English, Oklahoma
DL: Stryker Sulak, Missouri
LB: Joe Mortensen, Kansas
LB: S. Weatherspoon, Missouri
LB: Ryan Reynolds, Oklahoma
DB: William Moore, Missouri
DB: Nic Harris, Oklahoma
DB: Jordan Lake, Baylor
DB: Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
K: Jeff Wolfert, Missouri
KR: Marcus Herford, Kansas
P: Justin Brantly, Texas A&M
PR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Offensive Player of the Year
Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri
Defensive Player of the Year
William Moore, DB, Missouri
Newcomer of the Year
Jocques Crawford, RB, Kansas