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.
AUSTIN — The most important thing you need to know about the current state of Texas football is this: Shane Buechele pestered Charlie Strong at 10:30 pm earlier this month until the head coach opened the indoor practice facility. The precocious freshman wanted an after-hours session with the likes of WR Collin Johnson and no, it couldn’t wait until morning. It underscores the sense of urgency that now permeates the program.
Last season, a sputtering Texas offense kept the speed limit at 65. Now, Sterlin Gilbert’s souped-up scheme expects to clock 100 each time he takes the ‘ol baby out for a spin. One hundred plays: that’s how many snaps Gilbert wants to run each game, players said Tuesday. And that’s putting the pedal to the metal considering Texas averaged 65 plays per outing in 2015.
AUSTIN — Charlie Strong wanted the quarterback issue settled by the end of spring training. Now, the Texas coach is hoping someone will make a move before the end of August camp.
But make no mistake: early enrollee Shane Buechele has the coaches’ attention.
AUSTIN — Spring training is typically when a handful of lettermen spring forward.
Here’s the short list, on Vance Bedford’s side of the ball, of those who are now standing head-and-shoulder-pads above the rest:
AUSTIN — Seventy plays in 10 minutes.
That’s how fast Sterlin Gilbert’s offense is moving these days. That’s more plays than Texas’ defense faced in entire games last season. And that’s part of the reason defensive coordinator Vance Bedford was nursing a raspy voice during his impromptu visit with members of the media Tuesday.
The third time will either be the charm for Charlie Strong or it will be his third strike. The spring season, beginning Monday, shapes up as the most decisive of Strong’s career and the program’s most important in nearly a generation.
Texas enters the post-season with an ailing point guard but a big man on the mend.
AUSTIN — Three new football assistants were introduced to the media Monday in Anthony Johnson, Charlie Williams, and Clay Jennings.
AUSTIN — Texas dug out of an early hole, built a 16-point lead, but had to win it at the charity stripe in an 85-78, resume-padding win against No. 10/11 West Virginia at the Erwin Center Tuesday.