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Longhorns report card
By Richard Tijerina AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

How Texas graded out in Saturday’s victory over Rice:

QUARTERBACK: B

Garrett Gilbert (14 of 23, 172 yards) wasn’t flashy, didn’t have gaudy statistics and finished without a touchdown pass. But he also didn’t throw an interception, managed the game pretty well and never really made a bad throw.

Season average: B

RUNNING BACKS: B

There wasn’t a 100-yard rusher, but the Longhorns spread the carries and yards between Cody Johnson (15 for 59), Tré Newton (18 for 61) and Fozzy Whittaker (9 for 51) and finished with 197 total rushing yards. Newton scored three times. Each back contributed to the offense in his own way when it was his turn.

Season average: B

RECEIVERS: B

Beyond Malcolm Williams, who had four catches, including a big 47-yarder, and Marquise Goodwin, who did his most damage on short screen passes, there wasn’t much to report. James Kirkendoll and John Chiles each had one catch each. Texas seemed more intent to work on its running game than establish a passing offense.

Season average: B

OFFENSIVE LINE: B+

It was a good day for left guard Michael Huey, who had two impressive blocks to spring Cody Johnson and Marquise Goodwin, respectively. Texas’ offense was balanced (197 rushing yards, 172 passing) and Gilbert wasn’t sacked. But there also was that first-quarter touchdown opportunity squandered when Johnson couldn’t get in four straight times starting from the 4-yard line.

Season average:B+

DEFENSIVE LINE: A+

Kheeston Randall (3 tackles, 2 for loss), Sam Acho (4 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack and a forced fumble) and Eddie Jones (4 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack) controlled the line of scrimmage and disrupted the Owls’ offense. Even true freshmen Jackson Jeffcoat and Reggie Wilson got significant playing time and played well.

Season average:A+

LINEBACKERS: A

Keenan Robinson (6 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown) was Saturday’s defensive standout. Emmanuel Acho also looked good.

Season average:A

DEFENSIVE BACKS: B

It was a rough opener for Chykie Brown, who was beaten on a play and committed a pass interference penalty in the end zone on Rice’s first drive. He and Aaron Williams also dropped sure interceptions. Rice quarterbacks completed 67 percent of their passes for 131 yards. Two of Texas’ top three tacklers were safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Christian Scott.

Season average:B

KICKER/SPECIAL TEAMS: B

Justin Tucker showed he’s got great range with his 51-yard field goal (he made one from 26 yards too), but he also missed two kicks, from 54 and 44 yards.Aaron Williams fumbled a punt that led to a late Rice touchdown. Season average:B

OFFENSE AS A WHOLE:B (Season: B)

DEFENSE AS A WHOLE:A (Season: A)

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