Author Archives: Ian Boyd

About Ian Boyd

Ian moved to Austin as a 9-year old, chose the Longhorns over the Aggies thanks to Ricky Williams and never looked back or thought twice about it. After graduating from The University in '09 with a History degree, he's been writing about the strategies and trends of Longhorn football and the game in general.

Wizard-proofing the gameplan

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Savvy posters have already figured out that certain components of the Tom Herman Texas program are fairly similar to the equation that’s defined the Bill Snyder era up in Kansas State. Hard-nosed defense, liberal doses of QB run game, and attention to detail on special teams are all key features to the Wildcats’ strategy and are clear points of emphasis for Herman as well. Urban Meyer was heavily influenced by Bill Snyder after all, and then Herman in turn by Meyer.

Five Quick Thoughts: USC 27, Texas 24 (OT)

Collin Johnson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

All things considered, I’m glad Texas is playing USC again.
The game was put on Sam Ehlinger’s shoulders. 40 passes that went for 298 yards (7.8 ypa) with a pair of TDs and a pair of INTs. He also led the charge on the ground with 19 carries (many of them sacks or scrambles) for 10 yards…and the crucial fumble that lost the game.

Inside the Gameplan: How Texas can beat USC

Malik Jefferson and Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

I’ve never been super bearish on Texas’ prospects in this contest. Before the season started I had USC pegged as the eventual national champion thanks to their strong coaching staff, the tenure and time they’ve had there to leverage the program’s resources, and the brilliance of Sam Darnold. Like everyone else in college football though, they’re still a work in progress at this point in the year and they are hardly immune to getting taken down by a talented team with a good gameplan coming in the week after a big time rivalry game with both national and conference implications.

Inside the Gameplan: Moving on from Maryland

DeShon Elliott and the Texas Defense (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Maryland game was a pretty brutal wake up call for Texas football. The fans, players, and staff all surely thought they were further along than this as a team but an 18-point dog putting up 263 rushing yards, 51 points, and a W in DKR forces a different perspective on the coming season.

Herman’s conundrum and the two-QB package

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

Practice reports right now are telling the story of an offense lacking a clear identity. The players on the roster suggest that this team should probably be most comfortable operating as a spread passing team but they are currently working every week against what’s quite possibly the most lethal anti-spread passing defense in the league.

Inside the Gameplan: Kansas, WVU, and Texas Tech

Collin Johnson. (Will Gallagher/IT

One nice thing about the 2017 schedule is that Texas will be well positioned to go on a late run and push for bowl eligibility, eight wins, the conference championship, or whatever goal is still on the table after nine games. You can never say never (obviously) but late home dates with Kansas and Texas Tech are rather promising for a pair of easy wins late.