Know Thy Enemy: Texas Mike Tufano October 20, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULENorth Texas 7 Texas 38BYU 41 Texas 7UCLA 21 Texas 17Texas 23 Kansas 0Baylor 28 Texas 7Oklahoma 31 Texas 26Iowa State 45 Texas 4810/25 @ K-STATE11/1 @ Texas Tech11/8 West Virginia11/15 @ Oklahoma State11/27 TCU TEXAS LONGHORNS 3-4 (2-2 Big 12) Location: Austin, Texas Enrollment: 39,977 Colors: Burnt Orange and White Stadium: Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium (100,119) 2013 Record: 8-5 (7-2 Big 12, t-2nd) Postseason: Alamo Bowl All time series: K-State leads 8-6 Last Meeting: K-State 21 Texas 31 (9/21/13) Current Streak: Texas won last 1 Twitter: @TexasSports, @Longhorn_FB Head CoachCharlie Strong Head Coach: Charlie Strong Overall Record (Yrs): 40-20 (5th year) Record at School: 3-4 (1st year) Record vs. K-State: 0-0 Charlie Strong played his college ball at Central Arkansas and went immediately into coaching. After serving his time as a GA, his first full time position was at Southern Illinois as a wide receivers coach. In 1988 he headed back to Florida, where he had been a GA and has been on staff on four different occasions, and made the switch to the defensive side of the ball. His first shot as head coach came in the 2004 Peach Bowl when he took over Florida after Ron Zook was fired, and Urban Meyer took over. Charlie Strong was the only assistant who remained on Meyer’s staff. In 2010 he took over as the head coach of Lousiville and found success there, winning back to back Big East championships in 2011 and 2012. This year Lousiville joined the ACC, and Charlie Strong joined Texas. It remains to be seen if either will have success in their new arrangements. Senior WR Jaxon Shipley Longhorn Offense Passing Offense: 225.6 yds/game (79th in FBS) Rushing Offense: 144.4 yds/game (93rd in FBS) Scoring Offense: 23.7 p/game (103rd in FBS) Red Zone (In)efficiency Texas puts up somewhat respectable numbers in terms of yardage, but scores only 23.7 points per game. Why? They’re plagued with a ton of red zone mistakes. When Texas gets the ball inside the 20, they turn the ball over without scoring 1 out of every 5 times. They’re 82nd in FBS in red zone efficiency. As a point of reference, K-State scores from the red zone 91% of the time (24th in FBS), and you know the struggles our kicking game has had. The Harris & Shipley Duo Sure, the running back duo of Malcom Brown and Johnathan Gray get all that talk at Texas, but the truth this year is that when Texas is moving the ball, it’s usually the combination at wide receiver of John Harris and Jaxon Shipley. You likely remember the name Shipley, but it’s John Harris who has been the leading receiver for the Longhorns this year. After only 5 catches a year ago, he already has 40 catches on the season for over 600 yards and 6 TDs. Together the duo are the ones to shut down. They account for 40% of Texas’s total offense, and 32% of their offensive touchdowns. Swoopes: A Giant of a Man David Ash was going to be the man at quarterback for the Longhorns this year, but after battling concussions throughout his career, he quit football in September and sophomore Tyrone Swoopes has been the man ever since. And he’s a big, big dude. 6’4″ 243 (ding!). He’s shown potential, but not a lot to get scared about. He did rush for 95 yards against Iowa State on Saturday, but calling him a dual threat quarterback is over doing it. It was his first rushing game over 50 yards. He’s big and aggressive, so hard to bring down for a quarterback, but he’s also really slow and prone to sacks and interceptions. Senior LB Jordan Hicks Longhorn Defense Passing Defense: 163.9 yds/game (5th in FBS) Rushing Defense: 182.4 yds/game (92nd in FBS) Points against: 24.6 p/game (55th overall) Throwin’ ain’t easy Texas’s defensive strength, without question, is their passing defense. Sometimes when you see a stat like that you wonder who they played, but Texas held good passing teams like BYU, UCLA, Baylor, and Oklahoma well below their averages. Of those four, only UCLA managed to break the 200 yard passing mark. BYU, Baylor, and OU were held to 181, 111, adn 129 yards respectively. #3 Jordan Hicks, LB Jordan Hicks has been injury plagued in his time at Texas, but when he’s on the field, he’s a beast. And he’s been on the field this year. He leads Texas in tackles, and even has 2 interceptions. He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week this year following their game against Kansas. #6 Quandre Diggs, CB Diggs is arguably the most athletic player on the Texas defense. He has started 43 times in his career and is one of those guys you can’t believe is still there. He’s also really good off the blitz. Keep an eye on him up by the line of scrimmage. And then there’s this… Charlie Strong is doing his best to make a culture change at Texas. It’s hard to maintain an official count, but at this point he’s thrown 9 players off the team and suspended 3 more. That’s more than twice as many as he has core values (5)! Saturday could be another weird kicking game. K-State and Texas both are the same 7 for 11 on field goal attempts this year. Each have also missed 1 PAT attempt. There are no players on the Texas roster from the state of Kansas, while K-State has 33 players from the state of Texas. What’s that mean? Texas is really, really big.