Tag:Mack Brown
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:43 pm

Texas RB Whitaker tears up knee; NCAA career over

The 2011 season has been the second consecutive rough one for Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns.

Unfortunately, one of the team's few bright spots this season has now been lost, as well.

Senior running back Fozzy Whitaker tore the MCL and ACL in his right knee during the Longhorns' 17-5 loss to Missouri, Saturday.

The injury and subsequent surgery to repair the ligaments will officially end the NCAA career for Whitaker.

The 5-10, 202 pound Whitaker had struggled with injuries throughout much of his career at Texas. When healthy, however, he had demonstrated the lateral agility and straight-line speed that every NFL scout is looking for in a running back and kick returner.

Though his senior season was cut short, Whitaker may have already shown enough to intrigue scouts. He posted 955 all-purpose yards this season for the Longhorns and led the team with nine rushing touchdowns. He showed an ability to make big plays at critical moments for Texas, including returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry and achieving the same feat the week after against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. No player in Texas history had previously scored on 100 yard+ kickoff returns in consecutive games.

Largely due to Whitaker's durability questions, he is currently rated as the No. 23 running back in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Posted on: November 26, 2009 10:52 am

McCoy the headliner, but A&M's Johnson no slouch

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will certainly get most of the attention in tonight's in-state battle at College Station, but it his counterpart, Aggie redshirt junior Jerrod Johnson, who quietly is leading the conference in touchdown passes and has made the most strides as an NFL prospect this season.

Like McCoy, the 6-5, 243 pound Johnson is a do-everything talent for the Aggies, who can beat defenses with his arm, decision-making (only 5 INTs) and legs. The athletic Johnson has shown agility and good decision-making in the option and actually is tied for the team lead with 8 rushing touchdowns this season. Johnson was pushed into the starting role last season with the injury to now-Dallas Cowboy Stephen McGee. Johnson posted solid numbers last season (2,435 passing yards, 21 touchdowns/10 interceptions), but looked flustered when pressured and was prone to drive-killing mistakes. This season, however, he's proven much more adept at reading defenses. The improvement Johnson has shown in his second season as a starter under former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman has been impressive, something that Sherman noted in his press conference this week.

"I really don't know if I've been around a player that's made the progress that he's made," Sherman said. "He's a lot more football savvy than I ever gave him credit for last year."

The undefeated Longhorns boast a significant edge in overall talent and should win this game easily. However, the Aggies have proven to be quite the nemesis for Mack Brown, winning two of the past three games, including the last one at Texas A&M. The Aggies, 6-5 overall, are 5-1 at home and enjoy one of the great homefield advantages in all of college football.

I certainly recommend you focusing on the traditions on this Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, turkey and perhaps some NFL football, but don't forget to check out this contest (7 pm EST, ESPN), it could prove surprisingly competitive and certainly will provide scouts with a barometer as to the play of two talented quarterbacks while on the big stage.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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