The Inside Scoop – 3/19/18

Lil Jordan Humphrey at spring practice. (Joe Cook/IT)

It’s almost that time. We’re less than 24 hours from spring football and Texas is still riding high after the Texas Bowl win over Missouri in Houston. We cover what to expect, plus a ton of recruiting as the weather heats up. Notes/quotes from some of UT’s top targets in today’s Scoop.

2018 Spring Primer: Defensive Backs

Kris Boyd. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Despite big losses on all three levels of defense I think it’s possible Texas can improve on 2017’s defense by simply limiting big-play coverage busts. With experience across the board in the secondary there shouldn’t be any excuses about not being the same page.

Evaluating Football Athletes Part V: Two Different Paths to Freak

Malcolm Williams

The Evaluating Football Athletes series illustrates the physical attributes competent evaluators should be looking to feed into their development process. It’s also a caution to focus on what players CAN BE. Film can be self-evident – it doesn’t take many clips of Adrian Peterson or Shaun Rogers in high school to understand what you’re seeing – but they’re exceptional athletes with floors already higher at age 18 than most athlete’s ceilings at age 25. That’s why you recruit them.

Spring Football: It’s Time

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

Tuesday will begin another chapter in the yearly quest of building a championship football team. It’s called spring training. My best bet is coach Herman would love to start the spring with a rousing 1-on-1 circle drill. Perhaps he might opt to go with shotgun alley or even bull in the ring. They all set tone. It’s the first ingredient in physical football.

Fridays in the Humidor – 3/16/18

Jalen Catalon at The Opening Regionals. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The team is on spring break before beginning practice on Tuesday so we’ll focus on recruiting.

We’ve been asked about the UT Big Board. This obviously isn’t official but it very closely aligns with where the staff’s collective head is at. If a player isn’t mentioned it doesn’t mean the staff doesn’t want him and we very well could be missing on a priority player or two, but this is very a close depiction under ideal circumstances.