Star Power

Steve Sarkisian is the producer and director of a star-studded offensive production that includes headliners Bijan Robinson, Quinn Ewers, and Xavier Worthy, with strong supporting players in Roschon Johnson, Jordan Whittington and Ja’Tavion Sanders. If the director and the cast can nail the scenes in the last half of the story this production could be up for some major honors when awards season comes along if you get my meaning.

Quinn Ewers

Bijan Robinson is a Heisman candidate, but Quinn Ewers is—to use an old cliché— the straw that stirs the drink. We’ve seen in just one quarter of the Alabama game and three from Oklahoma how Ewers opens up the offense and Sarkisian’s playbook. He makes everything blend and fizz.

From what we’ve seen from Ewers so far he looks like the best Texas quarterback in a generation. Yes I know that would mean he’s better than Vince Young and Colt McCoy. Call my supposition blasphemous if you will but Ewers’ passing is more potent and more valuable than Young’s running, and I don’t think I’ll get an argument in asserting he’s a far superior passer to either McCoy or Young.

Casual confidence

Quinn Ewers doesn’t swagger and doesn’t seem to celebrate his talent much. But he has the confidence–after a very short time–of a four-year starter. When he stands in the pocket whether it’s clean or muddled he looks casual like he’s throwing the football around in the street with friends. And he remains casual looking when he throws those intermediate darts and 50-yard bombs alike. I can’t imagine another college quarterback that can match his arm talent. I think there’s only about five NFL quarterbacks who can. No B.S. And he’s ours. Amazing.

Do you think Arch Manning is rethinking his position?

A glorious Saturday

I wasn’t in the Cotton Bowl last Saturday but I’m sure it was a glorious experience for the Texas fans that were as the Oklahoma side of the stadium emptied midway through the third quarter. It wasn’t too shabby for those of us who watched on television.

Virginia is for Lovers

The icing on the cake for me was to be in touch during and after the game with two great friends who I have known for 40 + years.

During the game and later during the Notre Dame – BYU game Joe Camarda and I were actively texting. Joe, who lives in one of my three hometowns, Reston Virginia, is my Masters, Players Championship, and U.S Open running buddy and partner in various other adventures. We drove from Reston to Austin where we hung out for a couple of days and then to Dallas for the 1978 Cotton Bowl. To say it was a great road trip would be damning it with faint praise.  Texas lost to Notre Dame spoiling a perfect season that would have ended in a National Championship had the Horns prevailed. It’s funny that in the years gone by since that game the loss takes nothing off the luster of that magical 11-1 season that came with a Heisman for Earl Campbell.

Anyway, for some reason Joe roots for the Horns as long they’re not playing Notre Dame. Joe, we’ve got to get busy with the historical novel we’ve been taking about for so long, Bill and Joe’s Excellent Bicentennial.

Joe wasn’t the only friend of 40+ years residing in Virginia that I heard from last Saturday. Reed Ramlow, my Daily Texan compadre, former roommate, and 30-year expat returned stateside checked in with me from a writer’s conference in Richmond. One afternoon in 1980 when Reed and I were living in the Bluffs of Barton, he came home and announced he was joining the Peace Corp and would I write a brief personal reference. Now Reed and I were former fraternity wise guys and were still on the party circuit so at first I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. Reed joined the Peace Corp which set him on a 30-year odyssey through Asia, Africa, and probably a few other continents. Our continuing friendship through all those years and since he’s come home have made me a smarter person.

It really was a Glorious Saturday.

On to Iowa State

Statistically, Iowa State has the best defense in the Big 12 giving up just 13.7 points and 277.5 yards per game. Granted, some these numbers were accumulated versus Southeast Missouri St. and Ohio University but games versus Baylor, Kansas, and Kansas St. are also included. Holding Kansas and Kansas St. to 14 and 10 points respectively looks impressive.

On the flipside, Iowa St. is last in the conference in scoring 23.2 points per game and yards per game at 364.

These statistics would suggest that Iowa St. poses reasonable opposition to the Texas offense and defense. Can the Texas offense run up big numbers against a good Iowa St. defense and can the defense dominate another struggling offense. I’m more confident in the former than the latter.

Golf is life

Helen Frink’s favorite golf expression is post birdie F ‘up. This refers to a golfer having a bad hole after birdieing the previous hole.  Will Texas have post birdie F ‘up—so to speak—against Iowa St. after the Oklahoma game?  The Eight Ball answers, my sources say no.

Then there’s this golf maxim. It’s not how good your good shots are, it’s how good your bad shots are.

We’ve seen Quinn Ewers play great against Alabama and Oklahoma. How good will his bad game be?

The Eight Ball answers, cannot predict now.

*******

Will Texas beat Iowa St. Saturday? Willie Earl answers yes, 45-12.

W.E.

Song of the week

This is a nice way to remember the Beatles. Though soon to break up, here they are, still young (all four still in their 20s), having fun, and looking fabulous.

5 Comments to “Star Power”

  1. I’m surprised to hear your enthusiasm for Ewers this early in his career at UT, though I’m inclined to agree based on the limited sample.
    I’d code him the best passer for sure. Best overall is tough at this point.
    McCoy has the records, Vince was Vince. Street got it done for two seasons.
    They were play-makers! There also were very successful game managers: McCeachern, Wiggington, Akers, Lowry, etc. We could go on.

    Ewers has “arm talent” like non of them.

    • It’s early, but I’m convinced.Street, McEachern et al were of a previous generation. It’s a different game now than they played.

  2. From a Reader, professional musician, and another Daily Texan compadre Glenn Bubba Johnson :

    LOVED watching the Get Back video.

    As you know, that was the first time they had played together as a group in a long time, and they were very unsure about how it would come off, especially on a rooftop on a very cold and windy day. Well, the Fab Four not only pulled it off, they had a great time doing it, as was evidenced by their smiles and interactions with one another.
    The engineers did a fantastic job of turning the rooftop into a make-shift recording studio. The sound they achieved was incredible….not even the wind could be heard. I especially enjoyed seeing how they engineered the drums, with towels placed over Ringo’s drums, and inside the bass drum.

    I have been playing and recording on my 1968 Ringo-inspired Ludwig drums for over 50 years!

  3. Willie, thanks for the mention and kind words about your old pals residing in Virginia. Like Guy Clark wrote: Old friends, they shine like diamonds.” Speaking of music, great choice for song of the week. We’ve all got a feeling. Presumably you watched Peter Jackson’s “Get Back” along with everyone else in our generation. McCartney, what an outrageous talent in his day. Let’s hope our “stage talent” takes it to the visitors from corn country.

  4. This game, against a team that has beaten the Horns three times in a row, defines whether what we all hope we’ve seen is real, or another cache of fool’s gold. Frankly, I remain unconvinced, but in a nod to Willie Earl’s theme here, all signs point to yes, this team is real. I want to see the offensive line open a few holes and keep Ewers upright. That, against this team, would confirm our most fervent hopes.

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