"You kept looking at that ability and telling yourself he might explode with consistency next Saturday," Royal says.
Super Bill exploded this season, but in a different way. He threw only one completion—and three interceptions—in the opener against Houston, which Texas barely managed to tie 20-20. Then he lost his job to Street in the Texas Tech game when Street was sent in as a desperation measure and brought Texas back into the game from 6-21. Tech held on to win 31-22, but Street got the Long-horn offense rolling and earned the team's confidence. A cocky, good-looking youngster with sideburns, Street proved himself under pressure two weeks later when he passed Texas to its 26-20 win over Oklahoma.
By the end of the Arkansas game last Saturday night Street had looked so sharp that Royal is probably headed for another round of criticism. It will begin, "Why didn't Royal discover James Street sooner?" Or even, perhaps, "Why wasn't Texas running this Y-T formation during all those awful 6-4 years? Everybody knows the passing game is on the way out."