You get inside by mid morning during the dog days—18 holes wrapped by 10 am or so and away you go. Always reminds me of the song “what a day for a daydream”. Once the adult beverages rinse the dust out of my throat I enjoy visiting with my make believe brother Darrell and my other brother Darrell concerning the outlook for Tom’s gridiron bunch this year, including recruiting the lifeblood of the program.
What’s scarier than a Friday the 13th? A Friday the 13th during the dead period. Spoooooky.
There is the hair, of course, but beyond the mane, Patrick Vahe and Breckyn Hager arrived in Austin with seemingly not much else in common.
After Texas’ “gauntlet” stretch where they face TCU, K-State on the road, and then OU in Dallas without a break, comes a much more favorable stretch.
They draw Baylor in Austin, a bye week, and then they face Oklahoma State on the road and West Virginia back in Austin. This is the obvious point on the schedule for Texas to rest and recuperate and for Todd Orlando to figure out what his best combinations of players and tactics are for handling Mike Gundy, Dana Holgorsen, and the back half of the schedule.
I have a problem with some of these selections…
The Big 12 preseason All-Big 12 media teams are out and I wanted to share my thoughts on them. It’s my belief that the media tends towards a little bit of groupthink and may not always evaluate the factors that led to the prior year’s performance that typically inform preseason picks. I think this year is also fairly challenging at some positions as there isn’t clear differentiation.
Here’s a good thread discussing 2015 class attrition. In the comments I offered thoughts on each player in the class. Go to the last page if you want the @stringsays assessment of A&M’s players, many of which were hotly contested battles between the two rivals.
Why don’t we do the same with 2016?
It takes a special athlete to be selected to The Opening Finals. 2019 Mansfield Legacy DB Jalen Catalon did not get his call until days before the event began, but it was a validation of the gifted athleticism he possesses.
This week’s Scoop focuses on who might be the next commitment for the Longhorns, wide receiver recruiting, notes on Demariyon Houston, Landyn Watson, and top targets dropping their top schools lists. The Scoop is here for your Monday reading.
I’m in the closing stages of writing and editing the 2018 Thinking Texas Football Preview magazine which will be available verrry soon. Needless to say, the process of writing and tons of extensive research from both public and private resources gives me a lot of time to think about Texas, our opponents and other important things.
Like recruiting. The Marques Caldwell commitment triggered me to expound on Tom Herman’s three star recruits.