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Texas looks to put D.J. Monroe at receiver… again

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Though he’s arguably the most explosive player on Texas’ football team, D.J. Monroe hasn’t had a consistent role in the Longhorns’ offense in his three years with the program.

Once again, Mack Brown and company are trying to change that by switching Monroe to receiver. Again.

“If he’s going to play more, we need to expand his package,” Brown said on Tuesday. “It makes sense that that’s where he needs to play.”

It’ll be an adjustment, to be sure. Monroe’s natural position has been at tailback and the senior-to-be has only eight receptions for 70 yards and zero touchdowns in his career — all of which came last season. But Monroe’s rushing stats are sparse as well (664 yards and two touchdowns) in that same span.

With Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron returning, and with Johnathan Gray coming in, Texas’ backfield is young, talented and deep. Even if Gray redshirted, Monroe would be buried in the depth chart.

Monroe is has too much potential for that and Longhorn fans have been grinding their teeth for the past couple years wondering how on Earth the speedy athlete isn’t getting the ball more. Of course, it’s not like Brown doesn’t recognize this — take any fan frustration and magnify it by 50 and you’ll come close to feeling what coaches do — but responsibility also lies on the player to adjust as necessary if they want to see the field, and Brown said a couple of years ago that he didn’t feel Monroe had the mental makeup or passion to switch positions.

If things are different this time around, Monroe could light a fire under an offense that was, at times, unbearable to watch n 2011.

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2 Responses to “Texas looks to put D.J. Monroe at receiver… again”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Mar 21, 2012 5:47 PM

    He hasn’t really been playing WR much at all. I always thought he should have been at that spot, but there have been a lot of reports that I tend to believe about why Monroe hasn’t been playing WR or getting much playing time at all. They generally speak of two reasons:

    The first was that he apparently was really bad about knowing the playbook. When that came out while Greg Davis was OC, a lot of fans rolled their eyes and said Davis was incompetent, didn’t know how to coach, etc. (despite his sustained success). When the same report came out after Harsin had become OC, and Monroe was still getting little playing time, it seem to confirm GD’s take on Monroe.

    The second reason is that the kid reportedly can’t catch very well, which could also explain why he’s never been allowed to return a punt, just kickoffs. That could also be related to his poor playbook knowledge, because if he’s at the wrong place in his routes, he’s not going to make it easy for the QB to hit him with precision passes, although that seems moot with UT’s current QB situation.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:41 PM

    He’s basically been at that position anyway. He’s been allowed to run one end around almost every game. Maybe now they’ll call an end around a couple of times a game.

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