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It’s Round Up weekend in Austin and a handful of UT’s top targets will be there visiting and watching the Horns’ first Spring scrimmage. We’ve got practice notes, recruiting info, and a look at each prospect in this week’s Humidor.
Physicality, toughness and grit are all words thrown around by the football media so often it almost cheapens the term. In reality, it remains supremely important to the people responsible for coaching the players.
Last May we discussed how Texas could “build around the Predator” and feature Malik as a main component to the defense. That all came crashing down when Texas didn’t get effective run defense out of the hybrid middle linebacker (or any other LB on campus) and the area where Malik eventually brought value to the team was not one we foresaw.
Texas took advantage of two major middle inning UT Rio Grande Valley mistakes to take the lead and senior Jon Malmin silenced RGV bats in a career best performance, earning the win in Texas’ 9-7 victory.
Right before I was able to walk on over from DKR to the bubble, I was able to witness the Texas Program in Sports and Media honor one of the greatest sportswriters of all time in Dan Jenkins.
Pretty much every single important internal and external aspect of recruiting is going UT’s way currently, save overall in-state talent level, which is beyond the staff’s control. While these aspects haven’t led to any in-state commitments (that’s not a bad thing, they simply aren’t reaching) thus far, it’s led to quite a buzz with the in-state elites.
Tom Herman could not name a single Power Five program that, since the dawn of scholarship limits, has gone through an entire season with just two QBs. But all he had to do was glance at his roster, following Matthew Merrick’s decision Monday to give up football, to concede Texas is so thin behind center that the courtship of former LSU QB Brandon Harris is in play.
Today, the pads came on.
It was sunny, hot, and full of pads popping. The sounds of football was music to my ears. No more underwear Olympics. Some actual football, albeit Spring practice.
Herman has said you can’t tell anything from watching players practice in underwear and it reminds me of something Cody Johnson told me years ago, “once we put the pads on it separates the men from boys. All the players at Texas look good until then.”