Here’s a look at the Longhorns by position with my own personal ratings (1 to 5) and comments . Rating system 1= poor (not up to snuff), 5 = ready for the pros now. This is just my opinion. Offense: QB (Rating = 4) Simms can be awesome. He is very accurate and has a very strong arm. As everyone likes to point out, he has some ‘big game’ issues, but I think it is a product of the whole team - not just him. There is only one game I can think of that I could really rest the loss almost entirely on his shoulders and that was the loss to Colorado last year in the BigXII championship game. Otherwise, the big game loss thing can be shared by the whole team. RB (rating = 3) Cedric Benson has the potential to be All American, All World, etc. He’s been nursing a turf toe and has been fairly banged up. He has had flashes of brilliance, but has never seemed quite up to last season’s performance. Selvin Young is a true freshman that sees a lot of playing time and is quite impressive. OL (rating = 2) We have had some serious run blocking issues this year. There are those that claim it’s the scheme, others say it’s the coaching, and others say it’s the young personnel. Regardless, it has been an issue – even against lesser opponents we’ve had problems. This is likely the biggest part of the problem we’ve had with our running game in general. If we can get an improvement here we’ll have a great day on offense in Dallas. WR (rating = 5) Roy Williams would likely be a first rounder this year. Fortunately he is coming back next year. Our other two primary receivers are likely to end up pro also. Midseason they seemed to catch a case of the “dropsies”, but seemed to have rectified that problem by year end. DEFENSE: DL (rating = 4) Cory Redding is great and, when healthy, the rest of the D- line is quite impressive. We have a true freshman named Wright that I think will turn out to be a true dominator in the future. He is so quick and strong it is mind boggling to think that he is only a freshman. LB (rating = 3) I think a lot of Horn fans have some issues with the schemes that we use our LBs in. Personally, I think the schemes are appropriate given their collective tenure as starters. What we do have in this area is speed, speed, speed. They attack the ball and tackle like monsters. Occasionally, all that speed will lead to some over pursuit, but I’ll take that versus a whiplash linebacker who only can watch the RB run by him. DB: (rating = 3.5) Our corners are awesome. Nathan Vasher is future pro material. (Rumor has it that his friends call him ‘ESPN 3’ because he’s a walking highlight reel). Our safeties are young and occasionally it shows. SPECIAL TEAMS: Kickoff (rating = 3) – My kingdom for a kicker that can kick past the goal line consistently. Fortunately we have a great coverage team and as often as not, we end up giving worse field position than a touchback (i.e. inside the 20) Field goals (rating = 3) – Solid inside 40 yards. Only one game that I can think of this year where our FG kicker couldn’t seem to get it done. Otherwise fairly solid. This is just my opinion and just for fun. What are your thoughts on LSU? Good luck in Dallas and be safe…be very drunk, but be safe too.