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February, 1, 2013
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To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Tight end Geoff Swaim, Chico, Calif/Butte College | 6-foot-5, 250 pounds


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Top 5 moments: McCoy to Shipley

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HornsNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas’ 2012 season this week.

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AP Photo/Reed HoffmannJaxon Shipley's 18-yard reception from Case McCoy was a key play in Texas' game-winning fourth-quarter drive against Kansas.
Play No. 2

The game: It was supposed to be a laughable matchup given that Kansas had yet to beat an FBS team and Texas was coming off a game in which it had scored 56. The Longhorns were hitting their stride, quarterback David Ash had settled in as the starter and the debacle that was Oklahoma had almost been forgotten. Then, in the fourth quarter, Texas found itself in a fight for its life and Longhorns coach Mack Brown quite possibly in a fight for his job.

The play: Down three, 17-14, Texas had 2:28 let, its backup quarterback Case McCoy in, its leading wide receiver, Mike Davis, out and was down to its last play. Faced with a fourth-and-6, McCoy dropped back and for once did not scramble, but instead stepped into a throw and hit Jaxon Shipley across the middle for 18 yards and a first down at the KU 47. Kansas had dropped eight into coverage, but Shipley found a spot between three defenders and McCoy put the ball where the sophomore wide receiver could slide and make the first down. From there McCoy hit Davis, who came back from his injury, for 38 yards down right side. The drive was finished off with a touchdown pass to D.J. Grant as Texas won 21-17.
DeSoto (Texas) High School coach Claude Mathis is one of the more popular names being tossed around as a potential candidate for Texas' vacant running backs coach position.

Whether or not he is a legitimate candidate, Mathis doesn’t have the time to concern himself with rumors right now. He has a state playoff game to win Saturday.

“I am not even thinking about it,” Mathis said. “The only thing I am thinking about is Allen. That’s it.”

DeSoto, the No. 5 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings, faces No. 15 Allen at 6 p.m. CT Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The winner will play for a Class 5A Division I state championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

“I can’t even think about Texas right now,” he said. “It’s not fair to my kids right now.”

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HornsNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas’ 2012 season this week.

Play No. 3

The game: Texas won all three of its nonconference games but still needed to prove something. Oklahoma State was just the team to do that against. The Cowboys, although void of the talent it had put on the field in recent years, still was a formidable opponent and the game was at their place.

An early Big 12 win could provide Texas with confidence that its offense was on the right track and that the turnaround coach Mack Brown had not-so-cautiously predicted was also chugging right along.

The play: David Ash had put himself and his team in a terrible spot. Down two with 2:34 to go, Ash had thrown an incompletion, rushed for no gain and on third and 10 hit Jeremy Hills for a measly four yards. So it came down to 4th-and-6 for a quarterback who was trying to win his first big game and a team trying to shed the failures of the past.

Ash dropped back and found senior tight end D.J. Grant down the seam for 29 yards and the first down. The play gave the offense life and Ash confidence. Two plays later he hit Mike Davis for 32 yards down the sideline and Texas was at the Oklahoma State five with a first down. The Longhorns would go on to punch the ball in and win their first game against Oklahoma State in three years.
HornsNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas’ 2012 season this week.

Play No. 4

The game: Texas was ready to test itself. A road game in the SEC, despite the opponent not being in the conference’s upper echelon, was a way to do just that. Ole Miss still had quality athletes, history and a raucous crowd ready to greet the Longhorns as they made their first-ever trip to Oxford, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the Grove. This was to be the first test of the Texas offense, to learn whether it had turned the corner from 2011 and quarterback David Ash could handle the pressure of a big game.

The play: The offense started out shaky. The first score came from Steve Edmond’s 22-yard interception return, and the second from a field goal after a drive was halted. Leading by just three, having just given up an 89-yard drive at the start of the second quarter, co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin decided it was time to deploy some speed. The Longhorns got the ball to Marquise Goodwin on a speed sweep to the left. Tight end D.J. Grant and wide receiver Mike Davis opened the ally with blocks, and Goodwin put on a burst of speed to run just past the outstretched arms of four Rebel defenders. He raced 69 yards for the score and was promptly met by one of the few and the proud.

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