Last season, Shane Buechele was involved in a quarterback battle that kept fans guessing up until the very first play of the Notre Dame game, when he jogged out to take the first snaps over senior Tyrone Swoopes.
Two years ago, Eric and Ian both drafted a 22 man squad from the Longhorn roster to see who could build the best offense and defense. Last year, Eric and I squared off, with the quarterback decision dictating much of the rest of the draft. My Resident Chefs take on Nahlin’s Norsemen once again this year. I had the first pick last season, so Eric gets the first pick this year.
The Longhorns returned to practice on Monday, this time with a scout team in place. Tom Herman touched on the importance of a quality scout team, as well as the current state of the competitions for quarterback and right tackle.
Sophomore Brandon Jones and junior Kris Boyd both have a lot in common. Both were highly touted defensive backs from East Texas who were asked to contribute a lot as true freshmen.
Now with more experience under their belts, both players enter 2017 as key players in Todd Orlando’s defense.
Herman took the time to address both of camp’s biggest battles, quarterback and right tackle. He also spoke about players staying in the facility during camp, and why the defense continues to impress him.
In the disappointment that was the 2016 Longhorns football season, there were a handful of reliable players on the team who rarely failed to execute. Likely the most consistent of those players was junior punter Michael Dickson
In Herman’s first appearance in front of the media in several days, there were many important topics covered such as tight end depth following Andrew Beck’s injury and the ongoing quarterback battle. Herman also talked about why Garrett Graf received a scholarship last night, as well as what he expects from his young running backs.
Sophomore wide receiver Collin Johnson’s first year at Texas was an impressive one. The true freshman stepped into an offense designed to get receivers open in space, and Johnson succeeded, bringing in 28 catches for 315 yards and three scores and getting action in all 12 games last season.
Texas released the following statement Wednesday night: Texas senior TE Andrew Beck sustained a foot fracture in Wednesday’s practice, and the Longhorn medical staff is currently reviewing treatment options. Also, freshman DB Chris Brown sustained a high ankle sprain in Monday’s practice and his treatment and rehabilitation will require an extended amount of time.
Texas looked good at times against a much more talented opponent in Melbourne United. Melbourne did some things on offense that Texas’ youth hadn’t seen before.