Sophomore wide receiver Collin Johnson’s first year at Texas was an impressive one. The true freshman stepped into an offense designed to get receivers open in space, and Johnson succeeded, bringing in 28 catches for 315 yards and three scores and getting action in all 12 games last season.
Texas released the following statement Wednesday night: Texas senior TE Andrew Beck sustained a foot fracture in Wednesday’s practice, and the Longhorn medical staff is currently reviewing treatment options. Also, freshman DB Chris Brown sustained a high ankle sprain in Monday’s practice and his treatment and rehabilitation will require an extended amount of time.
In recent years, a scheduling stretch that pitted Texas against Oklahoma State at home before taking them on a tour of Waco and Ft. Worth would be a trip through the valley of death for the Longhorns. In 2017, that probably won’t be the case.
Texas looked good at times against a much more talented opponent in Melbourne United. Melbourne did some things on offense that Texas’ youth hadn’t seen before.
Calling special teams a downfall for the 2016 Texas Longhorns is not very flattering to downfalls. Aside from a couple of blocked punts, including one resulting in a safety by Brandon Jones against Cal, Texas’ special teams did more to lose games for the Longhorns than win them.
Two weeks of camp have been completed with roughly two remaining. The team is still working on install this week. Next week it will begin game planning for the Terrapins.
This week’s Notebook focuses on the defensive interior with UT targeting the men in the trenches. We start in Missouri, swing around to Oklahoma, then back home to Dallas and Houston in the Notebook.
Texas began their Horns Down Under tour with a solid showing against the Schweppes Dandenong Rangers, defeating the Australian side 96-84.
Texas begins the 2017-18 campaign in Australia where they will play four exhibition games in seven days. With players like Mohamed Bamba and Matt Coleman joining Dylan Osetkowski, Andrew Jones and Eric Davis, Inside Texas’ basketball trio of Justin Wells, Joe Cook, and Tim Preston break down what they’re looking for during the Longhorn’s early morning games down under.
Lots of good news on the injury front today, and more details from Herman on the quarterback competition.