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: Eternal Scoreboard

Manny Diaz

After a decade of bad football and proxy rivalry contests with Texas A&M over recruiting and relative success rates, it’s already easy to forget how ridiculous of an event the 2011 showdown was at the time. The 2011 Longhorns weren’t terribly good and only 6-4 with consecutive losses to Missouri and Kansas State in which the offense scored a combined 18 points heading into this matchup. It weighed heavily on Longhorn fandom that this decisive, final battle with the little bro Aggies was going to fall to this particular Texas team.

Inside the Gameplan: 2008 Red River Shootout

Earl Thomas

The 2008 Red River Shootout was the second of three consecutive I attended. It was easily the most exciting and rewarding live game I’ve attended in any sport. Because of the scarring that had resulted from five consecutive defeats to Bob Stoops’ Sooners, there wasn’t a ton of confidence going into any of these games even though Texas ended up finishing 3-1 against OU during the Colt McCoy era.

Inside the Gameplan: When Vince Young conquered the Big 10

Vince Young. (Texas)

Before the 2005 Rose Bowl, Texas had never played either Michigan or Ohio State. Despite the Longhorns’ claim as one of the premier programs in college football history, they’d never played either of those equally storied programs because of the game’s regional eccentricities. That changed in the 2005 Rose Bowl.

Inside the Gameplan: Checking in on Roschon Johnson

Roschon Johnson (Justin Wells/IT)

One of my favorite things to do in the offseason is to find full games of Texas’ QB recruits from when they’re still in high school. The difference between watching highlights and a full game is a major one for any player, but at QB it’s a particularly big deal. It’s highly instructive to see how the team goes about moving the ball and the role the QB plays in making it happen, as well as what they do when things get tough. The best games to watch are the ones in which the QB’s team was seriously tested and perhaps even defeated, I found exactly that for Roschon Johnson.

Big 12 Q&A

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I’ve been researching HS games to do a big scouting report on Roschon Johnson but today we’re going to take a moment to look around at the rest of the league.

I’ve got extensive notes on the rest of the Big 12 so here’s your chance to ask questions about the specific teams that Texas needs to beat in order to finally win this conference. You can ask about personnel, schemes, or whatever else seems interesting and I’ll empty the vault.

Inside the Gameplan: Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

There are two effective responses to roster turnover that you tend to see from strong programs. The first is what would best be described as “the reload” in which a star player at a featured position is replaced by another player that’s been developing and biding his time for the opportunity. The RB position is definitely one where you want to see a “reload” effect while for Texas the “rover” position, “H-back,” and really the QB also fall under that category. The other type of response to turnover is to elevate the roles of returning starters who were serving more as support for their star teammates and now get their chance to lead the way.

Texas’ inside linebackers

Anthony Wheeler at the Texas Bowl. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year around this time one of the big questions for the spring game was how Texas’ LBs would show against the run. The 2016 season had been one of the ugliest for LB play in a decade of exceptionally ugly play at that position but with Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler coming under Todd Orlando’s supervision there was some hope that it might get turned around. Then the offense spent the spring game throwing the ball around on the perimeter and it remained to be seen whether Texas knew how to fit the run or not.