Author Archives: Coach Venable

Sunday thoughts on DL and LB

Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

One of the most thought about subjects that run through this old fuzzy mind is attempting to cipher (Jethro style) the possibilities awaiting Orlando this fall in regards to our front personnel. I keep wondering exactly how much shaded four he will run considering our strength amongst our current DL’s. We are not particularly long in most and that seems to be a main asset for a 4-i technique. We don’t favor Mr. Oliver’s quickness or change of direction at nose although Poona Ford does have stunting ability. In short, it ain’t exactly easy to become a odd front when you have recruited for an even 4 man specifically over the last regime.

Scattershooting and OL questions

Zach Shackelford. (Will Gallagher/IT)

One of the most difficult things to do in the off-season of the dry summer is finding appropriate material to talk about on a football sounding board. Throw in a brand new staff that exactly nobody has totally figured jack about and you have a crapshoot that very easily could be as wrong as the four inch middle of June rain we had in the metroplex last night. Let’s make something up and see if we can find an opinion that’s worth taking sides on.

All these things

Patrick Vahe. (Will Gallagher/IT)

One of the highly sought current recruits reportedly stated that his impression of UT football has changed dramatically over the course of a single year. He was comparing the practices of coach Strong opposed to coach Herman’s. Herman demands intensity and constant attention to detail with competitive inspiration built into every drill all over the field. He mentioned coach Strong’s practices from last year were still and dead in his opinion.

The True Love Ways

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Scattered thoughts all over the map while we figure out how old four-eyes relates to this particular dilemma created this week.

Just about everybody has a opinion concerning the latest (and hopefully last) Jordan Elliott escapade for UT. Most coaches see upwards of 50 JE types during their 30-year sentence.

“Did you ever have to make up your mind…”

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I appreciate the staff for establishing a consistent attitude while setting the ground rules for a new way of life in and around UT football. They want more QB’s and more competition for the position. They are offering a competitive opportunity for improvement in every drill. The chance to compete minute by minute daily is the mindset. They aren’t offering any free lunches anymore

I didn’t know God made honky tonk angels

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)

but this staff is rapidly taking me back to that wild side of life. I appreciate the overall coverage we see from our crack set of writers but most of all it’s the little inferences we catch from them that bring that bacon home for me. It’s such a pleasure to read how well this staff regards the teaching aspect from the various sources. Onlookers and recruits alike preach the same sentiment—we are all in this together after watching this staff work the roster on the field.

When all else fails

Todd Orland (Will Gallagher/IT)

Get your butt back to the tried and proven.

I started reading the new Dan Jenkins book “Stick a fork in me” last night and bazooka the first page epigraph summed up life in the golden days for me.

Alignment says it all

The linebackers during the Spring scrimmage. (Will Gallagher/IT)

…as it pertains to UT under the Herman way of life. Alignment determines attitude, develops desire, and will eventually either make a man out of the 100 plus on the field or they will slink off into the night looking for the old greener grass story. Doing the right thing the right way at the right time leaves little room for major mental errors. You can look it up—see Royal, Darrell K or Bryant, Bear if you must.

The only two things that make life worth living…

Texas players before the RS. (Will Gallagher/IT)

My opinion has long been football and spring football run a very close second. This Tuesday there should be some major pad popping going on as we usher in another staff to lead us out of this wilderness. My own personal opinion is this staff has talked the talk saying all the right things but it’s time to prove teaching the game is as important as we have heard.

Scattershooting and question marks

Gary Johnson and Todd Orlando at LHN. (Courtesy of Johnson

Recruiting the ’17 class is winding down to a less than blazing finish as predicted by our experts. I think it’s only fair to say that we have received the best info and insights from our guys without breaking stride. We must remember that their inside information took a jolt when we changed coaching staffs but it’s obvious that their relationships with the individual prospects and their respective families still allowed us to know what’s happening in their world without missing a beat. One attaboy ain’t enough so here’s a thankee for the good guys.