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August 28, 2012

Teams discuss what it takes to win Big XII

MORGANTOWN — There are those who are saying that Texas may well possess the best defense in the nation, which is all well and good, but they are playing in a conference where you absolutely must find a way to score a lot of points or you will not wind up the Big 12 champion.

The question is, does Texas have the quarterbacking to do that, starting sophomore David Ash backed up by junior Case McCoy, two players who had their problems a year ago?

“The quarterbacks do need to play better. They talked about that,” said Coach Mack Brown.

But Brown wasn’t about to place the burden completely on their shoulders.

“The thing we need to do is score more points,” said Brown, whose team last averaged just 28.1 points a game in a conference where Oklahoma State was averaging 48.7 and Oklahoma 39.5. “This is a point-driven league.

“The 28.1 we averaged last year is not enough. When we won the national championship we averaged 50, and we averaged 40 a game for a long time.”

That leads to another question, whether or not you can get to the necessary offensive numbers without getting 4,000 yards throwing from your quarterbacks:

“I think you can,” Brown said in answer to the question on the first weekly conference call. “We have a great feel right now for who we are. We have to do a better job of producing explosive plays. You can’t just run the ball for 4 yards a play and win all the games.

“We want to be balanced, but we want more explosive plays, which usually happen because the receivers are blocking downfield. Yes, we need more explosive plays in our passing game, which would come from the quarterback position.

“But they need some help,” Brown continued. “Our receivers need to play better, our running backs need to catch the ball out of the backfield better, our tight ends need to pick it up.”

Brown went out on a limb in the spring and named Ash his quarterback even though he is unproven. Asked if he had any second thoughts about the decision following camp, Brown said he had not.

“Both he and Case handled it well. Some teams still don’t know who this quarterback is now. Case can come off the bench and help this team win. Last year we didn’t have two guys capable of coming in and winning games.”

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