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Friday, February 22, 2013
3-point stance: Texas to use hurry-up

By Mark Schlabach

1. The eyes of Texas will be on the Longhorns' revamped offense this spring. Texas opened spring practice Thursday, and coach Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite are promising big changes for a unit that has struggled the past few seasons. Applewhite plans to employ a hurry-up attack, which will utilize fewer personnel packages than former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin employed. Brown said he would like to see Texas snap the ball around 85 times a game this coming season; UT averaged 68.5 snaps per game in 2012. Brown also wants quarterback David Ash to make more plays with his legs.

2. Count Brown among the FBS head coaches who are concerned about a proposed rule change that would eject players who deliver a hit to the head of a defenseless player. The proposal was unanimously approved by the NCAA Football Rules Committee earlier on Feb. 13, but still has to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel next month. If the foul occurs in the first half of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If the foul occurs in the second half or overtime of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next contest. Under the proposed rule, officials can use replay to determine whether the hit was intentional or not. "That's a very, very serious penalty, and it's one that coaches are concerned about and that we are going to have to some consistency in calling it or it could really disrupt some players’ lives," Brown said.

3. High school football coaches might end up being the biggest winners in the recent recruiting rules changes approved by the NCAA's Board of Directors. Proposal 11-2, which was approved by the NCAA Board of Directors earlier this month, allows FBS programs to hire a recruiting coordinator and support staff separate from their on-field coaching staff, which will be permitted to participate in all recruiting activities except off-campus visits. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has already hired two high school coaches to help the Tigers in recruiting: Chip Lindsey from Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., and Dell McGee of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. FBS coaches around the country might target high school coaches in talent-rich areas in hopes of getting a leg up in recruiting.