Thursday, October 23, 2003
Texas goes to Baylor without Benson
AUSTIN -- Finally, Texas fans had something to talk about
other than the quarterbacks and another loss to Oklahoma. The
problem was that the news about the Longhorns was coming from the
police station, not just coach MackBrown's office.
Texas (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) will play at Baylor (3-4, 1-2) Saturday
night without starting tailback Cedric Benson, who was charged this
week with misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
Austin police said that four days before No. 19 Texas' 65-13
loss to the Sooners, Benson and three other men kicked in a woman's
apartment door in a search for a television he had reported stolen
a year earlier.
Brown at first said the Longhorns' leading rusher wouldn't start
against the Bears, then decided Benson wouldn't practice during the
week and would miss the game.
Brown hasn't called the decision a punishment, but a move to
avoid any distractions Benson's situation might bring to the team.
"He needs to take time to get all his legal stuff figured
out,"Brown said. "I don't want Cedric to participate in football
while he's distracted. And I don't want his situation to be a
distraction to the team."
Texas could have used a quiet week of football in a season full
of ups and downs that has seen theBrown and the Longhorns dance
around a potential quarterback controversy, a big win over Kansas
State and crushing losses to Arkansas and Oklahoma.
"We're just going to go out and worry about Baylor," said
backup tailback Brett Robin, who could split time at the position
Saturday with Selvin Young, who has been hampered this season by a
"As far as Cedric and his whole deal, we're taking care of our
business," Robin said.
Texas figures to have little trouble doing that against Baylor,
which has shown signs of a turnaround under first-year head coach
Guy Morriss as evidenced by a 42-30 win over Colorado. Yet the
Bears have also shown how frustratingly far they have to go: they
lost 73-10 to Texas A&M a week later.
Morriss made it clear this week his patience is running out.
"Maybe it's time for some of these kids to move on because
we're obviously not getting through to them," Morriss said. "I
think some of them, the only way they'll stop being a problem is to
graduate .... I've been a little disappointed in some of our
Texas has received it's biggest spark this season from freshman
quarterback Vince Young, who has seized the starter's role in the
rotation with junior Chance Mock.
Young will get his second start against the Bears. In last
week's win over Iowa State, Young passed for 136 yards and a
touchdown and Mock threw for 151 yards and another score.
Mock said this week he's accepted his new role as backup -- for
"What did I have to worry about?" Mock said of his performance
last week. "I could just go out and wing the ball around a little
He said the quarterback rotation should be able to work for the
rest of the season.
"It can work," he said. "As long as Vince and I are getting
along and the team sees that."