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.

Inside the Gameplan: USC

Patrick Vahe and Tristan Nickelson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year the USC game was probably the first turning point of the Tom Herman era. The first week was a disaster, obviously, that featured horrendous defense and an injury to the starting QB. Week two was a little tuneup against a completely overmatched opponent before heading to Los Angeles to take on Sam Darnold and USC. The Texas defense shined on the road, looking like a completely different unit, while Sam Ehlinger came close to leading a big time comeback before late mistakes (by both himself and others) thwarted it. That kind of performance would define the rest of the season.

Inside the Gameplan: Reassessing the 2018 Texas offense

Keaontay Ingram (Will Gallagher/IT)

Not everyone has been willing or capable of putting their finger on it but there was a fair amount in the Maryland game to suggest that Texas is indeed a team with a ceiling as a B12 champion in the 2018 season. A slow start, bizarre game, and three consecutive turnovers suggested this offense is in pretty poor shape. In reality, Texas was able to attack Maryland in a variety of ways that should translate to success against B12 opponents provided this team can put together a consistent performance from start to finish in weeks to come.

Five Quick Thoughts: Crab mentality

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

that was a nightmarish week one outcome. You could scarcely have scripted it to include more horrors designed to induce the worst possible reaction from Texas fans. Maryland came out looking like they’d just come off an immensely productive offseason in which they’d nailed down their new offense while integrating fresh blood on defense. Texas came out sloppy and and lacking the kind of confidence and crisp play most of us expected after their own offseason. Naturally the ending was exactly what Texas fans have feared all offseason.

What should we expect from Brandon Jones?

Brandon Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

As Eric has noted at other points this offseason, one way the defense could make up for the losses of Poona Ford and Malik Jefferson is by cleaning up their play on the back end. The difference in the USC and Oklahoma games was absolutely coverage busts and if Texas had lost the Kansas State game the same would have been a worthy culprit to point the finger at.

Inside the Gameplan: A sample 2018 Texas drive

Daniel Young (Will Gallagher/IT)

The practice reports and coming depth chart have really started to clear up the picture on what the Texas offense is going to look like in 2018. The confusing aspect of this team is that with Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey out there running routes, some of the best play-making talent on the team is concentrated at WR. However, the pass protection from the OL is still a question mark and while Sam Ehlinger was effective throwing the ball in 2018 he’s still only a sophomore. Then there’s the preferred philosophy of Tom Herman and the hire of Herb Hand, which all portends a stubborn insistence on bulldozing opponents with the run game.

Inside the Gameplan: Mitigating LB depth

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Going into the 2017 season, the big concern was how well Texas could match up with defenses “at the point of attack” off tackle. Connor Williams was set to be the best player on the roster but TE quickly went from a question mark to a glaring hole when Andrew Beck went down in fall camp. They settled on Elijah Rodriguez at RT and then he promptly went down with injury, then Connor Williams went down and that was that.