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On a chilly Austin Wednesday, a north wind blowing in made UFCU Disch-Falk Field one of the coldest places in the city. The Longhorn bats were hot in spite of the cold temperatures, pounding 10 hits to help plate seven runs. Five pitchers combined to give up two runs as Texas cruised past the Lamar Cardinals, 7-2. Freshman Bryce Elder earned the win in 1.2 innings of work.
What an incredibly frustrating game.
The 2017 season was a very unique one for Todd Orlando and his defense. That’s not terribly shocking since he was inheriting a team he didn’t recruit and facing arguably the most lethal offensive league in college football for the first time of his career. While the AAC is filled with creative and dangerous offenses, there’s no comparison to the Big 12 where every other weekend forces the defense to square off against QB play that would be in the top echelon of most other leagues. Orlando was forced to adapt in a variety of ways in order to give his guys a chance to make plays and prevent scores.
Wiley is the Temple TE who was offered yesterday. Since we didn’t see him this weekend, I wanted to holler at him.
AUSTIN — When head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck arrived at Texas, the quarterback room was nothing like the one both had a hand in coaching at Ohio State, or even the one Herman and Major Applewhite had at Houston.
My suspicions for some time have been that Marcus Banks is the best corner in the state. There are some guys perhaps more athletic for the position — Marquez Beason, maybe — but I don’t think Beason brings the complete accompaniment of traits that Banks does. There isn’t a real weakness to Banks, and two of the baseline musts these days are strengths. Banks combines both length and fluidity.
Every year we see former state of Texas high school athletes that weren’t considered high school blue chips (defined as 4 or 5 star recruits) going high in the NFL draft. The 2018 draft will be no different. Of course, it’s a number game – while 4 or 5 star recruits are far more likely to be drafted high as a percentage (995% more likely to go in the 1st round, in fact) than the unranked, 2, or 3 stars, the sheer absolute numbers of the latter category mean that the bulk of NFL rosters are filled out by those players.
Post-Junior Day Weekend thoughts – maximizing the sell, patience, overcoming the negative pitch, where UT stands with top targets, and touching on no-shows are included in the Scoop Part II. Also looking closer at the defensive backs on campus last weekend and the ones planning to visit + the defensive lineman to watch round out this jam-packed Scoop.
The talent around Austin continues to improve year after year. Several of the area’s top talent, as well as two from outside Central Texas, made their way to the Forty Acres for Texas’ Junior Days.
Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the Junior Days.
Instead of trying to cram a ton of prospects into one day, the UT staff breaks these events in half. More 1-on-1 with parents and players. Less chance of a kid not getting his attention. More opportunities for parents to ask questions to parents of guys currently on the Texas roster. It’s a strategy that helped Herman corral the Class of 2018. It’ll serve him even better with the 2019 class. 2020 too.