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.
Calling special teams a downfall for the 2016 Texas Longhorns is not very flattering to downfalls. Aside from a couple of blocked punts, including one resulting in a safety by Brandon Jones against Cal, Texas’ special teams did more to lose games for the Longhorns than win them.
Texas began their Horns Down Under tour with a solid showing against the Schweppes Dandenong Rangers, defeating the Australian side 96-84.
Lots of good news on the injury front today, and more details from Herman on the quarterback competition.
Altering the bodies in defensive line coach Oscar Giles’ position group was one of Tom Herman’s first big undertakings as head coach at Texas. In his first spring, Herman called out the players in Giles’ group for being too big and needing to drop weight.
One of the positions that Tom Herman and Tim Beck saw a lot of promise in when they first showed up was the wide receiver group. It was a group that returns almost all of its production, with 6 out of 8 of the leading receivers from last season currently in camp.
When cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Jason Washington met with the media on Friday, he took the time to shake hands with all those present, greeting everyone there with a smile.
Returning two-thirds of the tight end production from the 2016 season might sound like a good thing for current Texas tight ends coach Corby Meekins.
The system offensive coordinator Tim Beck brought with him from Ohio State will look a lot different than the veer and shoot Texas fans saw last year from Sterlin Gilbert. While spring practices introduced the team to the new system, preseason practice is when Beck expects the team to nail down the offense.
Tom Herman had plenty to talk about on Wednesday. He touched on his successful recruiting so far and his plans going forward, how special teams works in his program, and what running backs need to do over the rest of camp. He also provided updates on several key Longhorns nursing injuries.