Senior defensive tackle Paul Boyette, after spending several years in this defense, knows where and how he and some of his teammates need to line up. In this defense, the defensive end is asked to line up on the inside of the tackle’s shoulders instead of on the outside. For many pass rushing defensive ends, this is different than what they are used to at the high school level, but Boyette says adjusting to the difference is a matter of effort.
Senior Tim Cole is a member of what has been one of the most criticized units on this year’s Longhorn football team, the linebackers. Part of what has been plaguing the defense includes the opposing offensive line’s ability to get to linebackers and push them out of the way for their runner. The fix, according to Cole, is in the technique.
Senior wide receiver Jacorey Warrick continues to enjoy a renaissance season under first year offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense and under the guidance of Jeff Traylor, whose responsibilities include coaching the inside receivers. With 19 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns, Warrick is now one of the more efficient receivers in the Longhorn offense, an offense that gets the ball to several receivers.
Before Thursday’s Texas Tip-Off, fans piled into Gregory Gym expecting to see local talent and 5-star forward Jarrett Allen and the rest of head coach Shaka Smart’s 2016-17 Longhorn men’s basketball team. While Allen was held out of the scrimmage was a precautionary measure to protect a strained hamstring, several other newcomers, including freshman guard Andrew Jones and transfer forward Dylan Osetkowski, took the opportunity to showcase their talent.
After appearing at various points last season as a linebacker, sophomore Breckyn Hager has found a role on this year’s defense in the FOX role. It has been a challenge for Hager to learn a different position tasked with different responsibilities and assignments than what he was used to.
Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s veer-and-shoot offense is designed to stretch defenses and hopefully have them blow their assignments in order to create a big play. Against Kansas State, Texas’ next opponent, that may not be an easy task.
With two and a half seasons now under his belt, senior safety Dylan Haines has seen plenty of characters. Some of them now play in the NFL, some have graduated, some transferred and some are still in Austin with him. Sophomore defensive back Kris Boyd is one of those characters, and still draws chuckles every time a teammate mentions him.
Six games in to his true freshman campaign, quarterback Shane Buechele’s season has exceeded most basic expectations fans had for a true freshman leading the offense. His play, including going 123 of 193 for 1500 yards and 13 touchdowns, has kept the Longhorns in games their defense has tried to give away.
After using the 18-Wheeler formation in overtime against Notre Dame to seal the victory, the formation senior Tyrone Swoopes leads has proved mostly ineffective over the past several weeks. Opposing defensive coordinators stack the box against Swoopes, daring him to throw the ball. Throwing the ball just has not been in offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s plans yet.
Even though it is his first year at Texas, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert will see a familiar face when the Iowa State Cyclones come to town this Saturday. First year Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell was head coach at Toledo in 2014 when he squared off with Bowling Green offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, with Toledo topping Bowling Green 44-28. Gilbert’s experience against Campbell is something he will reach into when he is calling plays this Saturday.