We got out-toughed. It was ugly. That’s being kind. Armanti Foreman was the best senior on senior night—we got his best for this year. Jake McMillon had the best night blocking—he actually got a block on his LB (td run) on a night where we turned the LB’s free without a contest. Devin Duvernay had three nice plays. We had great individual plays along the line but weren’t anywhere near consistent.
Texas thumped No. 24 West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday, notching bowl eligibility in Tom Herman’s first season. Here are Coach Venable’s grades following the 28-14 win.
It was bound to happen somewhere along the line. Playing hard has been covering for a multitude of less than smart football decisions by our usually scrappy defenders. We found out going around 90% isn’t enough against a team that outworks our effort. Give Kansas credit—they came to play 60 minutes. We took some really poor angles, covered the hell out of grass instead of playing the ball, and left our pass rush desire at the front door entrance.
It’s my opinion we didn’t play our best but we played well enough to win most contests in this league. I was disappointed in a few things but overall the effort was fun to watch except for a couple of squench-tails that have now officially mailed it in in my opinion. I thought Mr. Antwuan Davis represented his position extremely well—you just never know who will shine or run and hide when offered their chance between the white lines.
The grades are in after UT’s 38-7 win over Baylor from McLane Stadium on Saturday. The offense is improving and the defense is on the Dean’s List. More from our Coach Venable on the Longhorns performance.
All right let’s get this puppy discussed and hopefully stress as many positive points as possible along the way. We can blame a cast of dozens in the locker room and that’s fair game as long as we attempt to remain constructive where it’s merited. We have zero authority to make perceived changes in personnel, schemes, play-calling, or deciding to send our all-world punter on first down and let him give us field position by himself so that removes our best solution to the major problems.
Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here’s Coach V’s grades after UT’s 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.
The offense found a rhythm, the defense continued its solid play. Add those to a budding young QB, and Texas beat K-State and moved to 2-0 in the big 12 for the first time since 2013.
There are times when I strongly wish two platoon football was still in vogue. It would be nice if we could take the heart and desire of our defensive personnel into the offensive huddle but that’s foolishness at best. I am going out on a limb and say our huddle actually knows their assignments and are being coached successfully. I’m not convinced either (players-staff) fully understand the desired effort it takes to fulfill those assignments.
We have a long way to go before we match our defensive intensity. We have a distinct objection to even coming close to sacrificing our bodies for the good of the team. We throw way too many cupcake blocks and seldom attack defenders with the intent to win an individual battle. It appears we are content to stalemate a tie against our opponents because we certainly weren’t ready for the war the Trojans brought to the party.