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Texas’ second-leading rusher out against West Virginia

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Among the notable offensive improvements Texas has made in the early part of the 2012 season is the development in the run game. The Longhorns’ three primary running backs — Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray — have combined for an average of 164 yards a game.

However, Texas will be without one of those backs this Saturday against West Virginia. In a release, UT announced that Brown, a sophomore, has an ankle sprain and will not play. Brown, a former five-star recruit who signed with the Longhorns in 2011, injured his ankle in last Saturday’s win over Oklahoma State.

Of UT’s three backs, Brown has the second-most yards with 245 — only 10 behind Bergeron — and three touchdowns. Brown’s absence is cushioned by the fact that the Longhorns are deep at running back, but Saturday’s game will easily be the biggest for the Big 12 this weekend. Losing a talent like Brown is a setback any way you look at it.

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11 Responses to “Texas’ second-leading rusher out against West Virginia”
  1. indywvu says: Oct 2, 2012 8:12 PM

    Could be an interesting development. While the Mountaineer defense has struggled (and that’s putting it lightly) against the pass, it’s not been too bad against the run. If for some reason this convinces Texas that they need to go even a little more pass heavy it could change the dynamic of the game.

  2. southernpatriots says: Oct 2, 2012 9:25 PM

    This will be a game I will try my best not to miss.

    Geno Smith is one of the very best QBs I have personally seen play in a long time. He has a touch on long passes which is extraordinary. His short passes seem to be effortless for him and he has a great group of receivers who know how to catch his passes and do not drop many (wish LSU would take a lesson from this). Geno will try to light up the sky with his passes and unless the Texas cornerbacks, linebackers, and safeties can defend very well, he will make many completions for a huge amount of yardage.

    The key to the game may well be the Texas DL rush. If the DEs can push into the Mountaineer backfield quickly they may disrupt timing and thus passing efficiency. Texas offense can run and pass. Losing the second most productive RB or nearly the co-leader Malcolm Brown will likely affect Texas’ rushing.

    This game could be a blow out either direction because of the suspect defense for WVU and also the proficient production of Geno and his receivers. Likely, it will be an offensive show but with some defensive excellence on the part of Texas. If the Mountaineers are opportunistic and are able to have some takeaways, that could even that area out some.

    That is why the games are played. The outcome is determined on the field. Many friends and I are looking forward to this game.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:06 PM

    I’m not wooing about the running game or even Ash. It’s the defense that has to step up -big time and learn how to cover and tackle before Geno runs them ragged.

  4. vegasrobert says: Oct 2, 2012 10:57 PM

    Texas had great depth at RB and I for one want to see a little bit more of Gray and Hills (with Berjeron) so this is NOT the end of the world (though I am FIGHTING that urge lol)…. bottom line.. Manny-fekking-Diaz needs his D boyz to strap em up or Geno and his crew are going to make us look like fools at home. If our Defense doesn’t show up, this could be another OU embarrassing ars-whipping which is still fresh in our minds!

    !!HOOK ‘EM HORNS!! \m/

  5. 13datsyuk13 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:02 PM

    If the Texas offense can run the ball and keep Geno on the bench and out of the pocket Texas will win. This is why Mack changed the offensive mindset, to win games like this.

  6. blitz4848 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:42 AM

    Won’t happen. Texas hasn’t tackled well all yr and they will be grabbing at air as WVU’s speedsters dart down the field.
    The underdogs will ALL not NEED the pts this weekend.

    WVU over Texas ( by at least 10 )
    Fl over LSU
    Georgia over South Carolina
    Purdue over Michigan
    Miami over Notre Dame

  7. centexhorn says: Oct 3, 2012 8:42 AM

    I can’t help but laugh at all these West Virginia people thinking they’re good against the run and that they’ll play well against the Texas run game. Haha! That’s hilarious! Y’all ain’t got sh*t! Bring it! Malcolm Brown or no Malcolm Brown, it doesn’t matter. We’ll tear you boys up on the ground. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

  8. dmvtransplant says: Oct 3, 2012 9:10 AM

    @ southernpatriots

    Don’t be fooled by Smith with the right receivers any QB can look great. Texas Tech, Hawaii & Houston hid their “System QB’s” by the fact that the receivers were first round talent.

  9. drummerhoff says: Oct 3, 2012 11:09 AM

    @ dmvtransplant:

    Geno Smith was a great QB … before playing in this System. Its only now that you’re aware of his talents.

    On a side note, its tough to predict this game and I just hope the Refs in Austin are not the one’s who decide this contest.

  10. hor2012 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    I think this will be the best game of the week. I believe that this is a classic match up with power meeting passing. I think that game will depend on how well WV defends Texas running game. To win Texas will need to rush for over two hundred fifty yards. If that doesn’t happen WV will win the game. Also special teams will play a key role in who wins. And, I think Texas as the edge. I’m not sure about this pick but here goes nothing. WV 48 Texas 41

  11. v2the4 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:07 PM

    Brown has the dreaded high ankle sprain, so its possible he could miss the Oklahoma game next week also, and if he misses too much time, he will also lose his spot on the depth chart.

    very suprised that UT used 6 running backs last week vs OSU, and that was an attempt to get the running game flowing….Bergeron and Gray are money….the can run between the tackles with no problem…..Hills, Monroe and Johnson are more home run hitters looking for the creases and to create mismatches in the passing game vs linebackers or safetys……

    if WVU tries to crowd the box to stop the run, David Ash has shown he can uptop anytime to his speedy WR’s in Mike Davis, Jaxon shipley, Marquis Goodwin, TE DJ Jones or any of the other playmakers UT puts out there….

    WVU will score, no doubt about that…that offense is fluid, and Geno Smith is throwing the ball as good as anyone..but unlike Baylor, UT’s d line will get pressure on him, and their corners can cover …..stay tuned for a good one.

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