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Pete McEntegart
August 12, 2002
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (7-1, 1st in Big 12 South)FINAL RANKING: No. 5 AP, No. 5 coaches' poll
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August 12, 2002

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A better defensive system makes Texas dangerous

"If Chris Simms has a good year they'll be a great team, but I'm still not sold on him. He's got the tools, but it seems like he panics sometimes. He'll always throw picks because he's got a bad habit of really eyeballing where he's going with the ball.... Cedric Benson is a good, tough runner.... Roy Williams and B.J. Johnson are outstanding receivers. Williams gives you more problems because he's bigger (6'4").... The difference in the program this year is that Texas is playing much better defense.... Derrick Johnson can track guys down from his linebacker spot, and Cory Redding is a big-time defensive end.... Nathan Vasher and Roderick Babers are experienced, athletic, fast corners. They play a lot of man coverage.... Teams that can run and throw the ball well—keep the Longhorns off-balance—can beat them."

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