Inside the Gameplan: Stats to Monitor for 2016

Chris Nelson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

This upcoming season of Texas football will have one major barometer that fans use to determine whether the team made major improvements in year three under Charlie, that’d be the win-loss column in the standings. The numbers at the top of the box score are the end-all and be-all of evaluating performance on the field and the standards at Texas are high, even if temporarily subdued.

Gilbert, players address questions still surrounding Horns

Shane Buechele and Sterlin Gilbert at the Spring game. (Will Gallagher/IT)

There remains a lot of mystery surrounding the 2016 Texas Longhorns football team. Fans still are not entirely sure what they will see on Sunday when offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense steps on the field for the first time. Not only do they not know what the offense will really look like, but also who will take the first snaps at quarterback. Everybody in the program has been quiet on the subject.

Stream of Consci__sness: 8/30/16

Jordan Elliott and Charlie Strong (Will Gallagher/IT)

When Charlie Strong took the Texas job, I expected him to win at least 10 games in his third year.

Now, entering that third year those expectations aren’t manageable for myriad reasons we’ve beaten to death. My recalibrated expectations are eight wins, but I’m holding fast on the need to vie for the conference and a playoff berth in year four.

Texas defensive leaders ready for game action

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After having a year to reflect on a five touchdown loss to Notre Dame, two leaders on the Texas Longhorns defense are ready for the long-awaited rematch against the Irish. With so many younger players likely to play, both senior safety Dylan Haines and sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson know they have to provide leadership in order to bring their team down to earth. Both players are confident in their ability to do just that and in their team’s ability to play.

Preseason Hoops Post No. 1: Belief

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Much consternation about last season gets directed at the fiasco that was an opening game in China; and with good reason. What could have been a salvageable start to the schedule became worst case scenario when the Longhorns looked disjointed and offensively inept in a loss to a slightly less disjointed and offensively inept Washington Husky squad.

Comfortably Strong

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hasn’t announced his starting QB and, now, Charlie Strong hasn’t either. In fact, Texas broke custom by not even releasing a depth chart Monday.

The Inside Scoop – 8/29/16

Sam Ehlinger. (Justin Wells/IT)

Developments at WR. Status Checks on Texas targets. Players buying-in to new positions. Ehlinger injury update. Hoops recruiting insight. It’s Monday. It’s game week. Get a dose. It’s Scoop time.

Running list of ND visitors

Baron Browning. (courtesy of Browning)

Sunday’s season opener against the Fighting Irish is one of the highlights of what is expected to be a great opening weekend of college football, and the visitor list reflects that. Some of Texas’ top targets are expected to be in attendance. Our list will be updated as we find out more.

Fridays in the Humidor: 8/26/16

Charlie Strong (Will Gallagher/Inside Texas)

Expect the official depth chart to come out on Monday, and expect that to be as misleading as ethically possible. In fact, I’ve been told to expect veterans atop the depth chart who will soon give way to the more talented freshmen, especially as they make mistakes, or don’t make plays. They’ll be “starters” in that they’ll likely start the game, but I don’t think they’ll play the majority.