Inside Scoop – 4/17/15

Baron Browning. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Spring game visitor list. A breakdown of each prospect headed to Austin. More team notes including the quarterback spot. Quotes from prospects Baron Browning, Kendell Jones, and Kam Martin, plus more Shake Smart recruiting info. It’s a jam-packed Inside Scoop.

Bedford talks Spring defense


Vance Bedford “hates freshmen,” but predicted Thursday that as many as six could crack his 2-Deep chart — and “that’s scary.”
Replacing six starters is akin to losing nearly two-thirds of last season’s production, the Texas defensive coordinator surmised. But there have been several bright spots on his side of the ball this spring. And there is no doubt in his mind where the strength of his unit lies.

Recruiting Notebook – 4/16/15

Mark Jackson. (Jackson family)

We deliver the Recruiting Notebook – Spring Game Edition this week. We stay in-state for a head-hunting DB, and a couple of edge-rushing ends. Then we hit the slopes of Colorado for an under-the-radar tight end that favors the Austin life. The Texas Spring game may be Saturday but the Notebook drops today.

Real Competition

Jerrod Heard and Dorian Leonard. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Don’t hand the starting QB job to incumbent Tyrone Swoopes just yet. RS-freshman Jerrod Heard has made significant strides down the stretch, Texas coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday.

Spring Game Preview 2015

Swoopes and Gray during Spring practice. (Will Gallagher/IT)

As our own dos bobby has noted, there’s only so much you can tell from a spring game. It’s basically a glorified scrimmage that is designed primarily for fan consumption. The coaches aren’t taking many risks here and have the mindset of a lawyer, mostly asking questions they already know the answers to.

Sam Houston shuts down UT, 5-0

Augie Garrido. (

Four baserunners is all the Texas offense could manage tonight. Two came by way of senior Collin Shaw, one on a walk and the other on a single. Shaw proceeded to be the first out of a double play on the single. Junior C.J Hinojosa’s single and senior Brooks Marlow’s double were the only other hits for the Horns as they fell 5-0 to Sam Houston State.

A&M, the SEC, and misguided souls

Texas @ Texas A&M

I was watching the horribly acted John Singleton movie Higher Learning and at one point Professor Phipps (Laurence Fishburne) chides Malik Williams (Omar Epps) and says, “Poor misguided soul!”

That is kind of the way I feel after reading the Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee and his piece named – Are Texas Longhorns Too Scared to Renew Rivalry, Play the Texas A&M Aggies?

UT Practice thoughts from the outside

Bryson Echols. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I had a chance to talk to a program outsider (not a Texas fan although a fan of the current staff) who took in a practice and wanted to pass along a few of his thoughts on the 2015 team taking shape. Swoopes/Heard, Leonard/Joe, Davis/Echols, and more.

Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar, we discuss spring ball and how the Cigar has perceived various units in the last few practices. We’ve also got some intel on the hoops program, where it is, and where it may be headed with some moving parts. Once again, it’s a two-pronged dose of hoops and football inside the Humidor.