Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

2018 Spring Primer: Linebackers

Anthony Wheeler, Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas defense played very well for most of the 2017 season, with the linebackers benefiting greatly from activity on both the defensive line and in the secondary. Todd Orlando has stated it’s a position that is highlighted by his scheme and that bore out in his first year in Austin just like it did in his previous two years in Houston.

2018 Spring Primer: Defensive Backs

Kris Boyd. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Despite big losses on all three levels of defense I think it’s possible Texas can improve on 2017’s defense by simply limiting big-play coverage busts. With experience across the board in the secondary there shouldn’t be any excuses about not being the same page.

2018 Spring Primer: Wide Receivers

Lil'Jordan Humphrey hurdling (Will Gallagher/IT)

What looked like a talented and decently experienced group in 2017 had a disappointing season in many regards.

Again, I don’t want to re-hash last season but it is important to acknowledge this unit has a lot to prove. Today’s Spring Primer; Wide Receivers.

2018 Spring Primer: Defensive Line

Charles Omenihu. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year’s defensive line was led by long-time fan favorite Poona Ford. As you’d expect, the unit took on the workman-like image of the senior leader. He’ll be missed as much for his presence in the locker room, gym, and practice field as much as he will be for his steady contributions on Saturday. Losing Poona is the bad news, but there is plenty of reason to believe UT’s most consistent unit last year will repeat in the 2018 campaign. Today’s Spring Primer, the defensive line.

2018 Spring Primer: Offensive Line

Zach Shackelford and Patrick Vahe (Will Gallagher/IT)

The most important position group on the field was UT’s poorest performing unit for the entirety of the 2017 season. We don’t need to re-hash that, especially during the season of revitalization and rejuvenation. We’ll leave the disappointments of last season confined to the darkness of winter. Today, it’s the Spring Primer: Offensive Line.