October 24, 2006

Can you do better?

"Michael Griffin needs to be replaced with Robert Joseph. He's the reason why we almost lost this game."

Orangebloods.com poster moments after Texas' 22-20 win over Nebraska.

Texas senior safety Michael Griffin has seen and heard it all this season.

He knew that coming into this season, he was expected to follow in Michael Huff's footsteps as the next great Longhorn defensive back and win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. He also knows that his play at times this season hasn't been nearly as good as most around the 40 Acres would have expected.

The frustrations reached a high point on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln when Griffin missed two tackles on plays that resulted in long touchdowns for the Huskers and then was part of a blown coverage along with fellow senior Aaron Ross that led to Nebraska taking a lead late in the game.

Forget about the interception that Griffin had in the second quarter that led to Colt McCoy's 55-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed. Forget about the eight tackles he made in the game from his safety spot. Forget about the fact that there were ten other Longhorn players on the field that also didn't make the plays needed in those instances. Heck, forget about all of the big plays Griffin has made throughout his career.

In the "what have you done for me lately" world of big-time college football, the only thing that matters is what you do in the most recent game and there's no question that Saturday was a frustrating afternoon of football for the former Austin Bowie star.

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