Four Downs: Turkey Day musings 

November, 21, 2012
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Each week Sean Adams takes a look at some topics around the Texas Longhorns and college football.

First Down: The senior class for 2012
While there are some seniors that are the leaders on this team like Alex Okafor, Mason Walters and Kenny Vaccaro, this is a generally a class that has been gutted and marginalized.

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John Rivera/Icon SMIMason Walters is one of the key members of a small Longhorns senior class.
There were supposed to be names like Garrett Gilbert, the Gatorade National player of the year coming out of high school. He was supposed to be throwing the ball to Greg Timmons, being pressured by Calvin Howell and having his passes broken up by Marcus Davis. Not one of those young men is still in the Texas program.

When Vaccaro was asked about the small size of the senior class he laughed and called the 2012 senior class, “We are the few and the proud.”

Walters put it as good as anyone could when he said, “We know why the others ones didn’t. There are a lot of things we can talk to the younger guys about. We’ve seen guys come in this program and leave and we know what that looks like and we know how they act. That’s some valuable experience to know behavior that might put a guy on the ropes with the coaches.”

He finished off his thought by saying, “It’s rough seeing some of those guys go but it is what it is. You can’t make excuses for them and we’ve had to carry on and build without them.”

Nothing would make these seniors feel better than winning the last two games of the season and getting to a big-time bowl game.

Second Down: Texas football at home EVERY Thanksgiving
Schools, coaches and administrators around the country might not like Texas, but Texas loves itself and set itself up to have the most advantaged position in their conference. Only the Big 12 would allow the University of Texas to create a rotation to insure that it hosts Thanksgiving games in Austin.

I love it because I will not have to travel and will get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but there is a reason that Texas wanted to keep the Big 12 together. These little conference favors would not happen in the Pac-12, Big 10 or the SEC.

It’s called home conference advantage. I’m not upset about it either because the Baylors, Iowa States and Kansas States of the world would not have the cash flow or be in a powerful conference if Texas had not held it together.

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