Four downs: Defense shattering records

Each week Sean Adams takes a look at some topics around the Texas Longhorns and college football.

First Down: Shattering records ... Oh, not those records.

The Texas defense is still on pace to shatter some school records of distinction. While these records are not the distinction that anyone wants, they are distinctions none the less. The Longhorns are on pace to allow an incredible 6,138 yards this season. If they were to hit that total it would be the most in school history by more than 1,300 yards.

They should be able to pull that average down this weekend against Kansas, but there is no denying that the 2012 Texas defense is one of the worst of the Mack Brown era and, at least statistically, one of the worst ever.

Second Down: Things heard at the Texas news conference on Monday

David Ash was asked if the last week between the Oklahoma game and the Baylor game was more emotional than most weeks. His answer, “I haven’t sat down and ranked the emotionality of every week."

From a media member when told one of the computer rankings had Texas ranked 17 th after the win over Baylor, “Well, hell, the computer can’t watch the game.”

Third Down: After re-watching the Baylor vs. Texas game:

1. Chris Spielman: “Lack of fundamentals being taught. Coordinators focus so much on alignment, assignment and scheme that they lose sight of the fundamentals and discipline. If teams would go back to tackling in practice, not worrying about out-scheming everybody, keeping the ball in front of you and focusing on the fundamentals the scores would drop.”

“A lot of it is the 7-on-7 around the country. What are you taught when you don’t have pads on? We are taught to avoid contact. If you are continually avoiding contact, you have to break the bad habits once you get the pads on.”

2. The middle of the offensive line was dealing. Trey Hopkins, Dominic Espinosa and Mason Walters had very good games.

3. Where in the world is Jaxon Shipley? He is too talented to not have more targets going his way.

4. M.J. McFarland is reminding us more and more of the tight ends that have had so much success on the 40 Acres and in the NFL.

5. Is Steve Edmond playing out of place? Should he have his hand down on the ground?

6. Josh Turner might have been the brightest spot on the defense. Twice in the second half, Turner was able to get Baylor off the field, with his interception ranking as the biggest turning point in the entire game.

7. A shout out to Demarco Cobbs for having possibly his best game. He is pound for pound one of the best athletes on the defense. He had his best football game as a football player on Saturday.

8. Mack Brown was active during the game and making his way to the benches to talk with assistant coaches to the players, especially on the defense. CEO on the front line?

9. Malcom Brown is a defensive tackle that has a really bright future on the defensive line.

10. By the time 2014 rolls around, Ash will be a really good quarterback and his play of 2011 will be a thing of the past.

Fourth Down: Adams’ Big 12 Power Poll

  1. Kansas State (No. 1 last week): The Wildcats are incredible and they have the Heisman leader in Optimus Klein.

  2. Oklahoma (2): It goes out of conference and host Notre Dame this Saturday.