Texas Football| Norvell To Call Plays For Texas Offense

Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell shouts instructions at the spring game (Photo: Patrick Meredith/Univ. Of Texas).
Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell will start calling plays for the Texas offense (Photo: Patrick Meredith/Univ. Of Texas).

By Steve Lansdale

Maybe Texas football head coach Charlie Strong watches baseball, because after three strikes, he decided that Shawn Watson should be out as play caller for the Longhorns’ offense. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell would take over calling plays, Strong said Tuesday. (Continue reading below...)

(...Continued from above.) Now in his second season in Austin, Watson had shared the reins of the offense with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline. But the Longhorns, whose offense was anemic enough to finish next to last in the Big 12 last year, has hit a considerable skid in recent games. They coughed up five turnovers in the regular-season finale against TCU, mustered just 59 yards of total offense in their loss to Arkansas in the the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl and then sputtered to 163 yards of total offense (to rank 123rd in the country after one week) and just eight first downs in their season-opening loss at Notre Dame.

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