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Texas’ Canadian Conundrum

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Even before unfortunate events and additional allegations placed Maryland head coach DJ Durkin under investigation and on administrative leave, the impact of the offseason hire of Matt Canada as his offensive coordinator placed a difficult task in front of the Longhorn defensive coaches.

2015 class welcoming players from Herman’s first full cycle

Kris Boyd (Will Gallagher/IT)

The last time a Texas head coach brought in a class in his first full recruiting cycle at Texas, a majority of those who made it to campus played in their freshman year. That was the 2015 class with stars like Malik Jefferson, solid contributors like Patrick Vahe and P.J. Locke, and gems like Michael Dickson and Connor Williams. While several members of the 2018 class will be called upon to contribute early, members of the 2015 class are making sure the welcome they provide is warmer than the one they received.

Tom Herman’s depth chart, via Tom Herman

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

With Saturday’s Family Day scrimmage in the books, and a scout team now clearly identifiable thanks to their black jerseys, the depth chart heading into the beginning of Tom Herman’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns is beginning to take shape.

Examining the main points of Herman’s offensive philosophy

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

Dating back to his time as offensive coordinator at Ohio State (and very likely before that as well), Tom Herman has tried to boil down his decently complex offensive system into three overarching foundational points: give the ball to playmakers, keep numbers equal while running the ball, and take advantage of matchups in the throw game.

Rodriguez appreciates college experience with multiple coaching voices

Elijah Rodriguez (Will Gallagher/IT)

When players sign their letter of intent in December or February of their senior years, most expect to have the same position coach for several years. Some may know what’s going on surrounding the program they sign with and have an idea that their position coach could change. Others know that coaches can leave for a different job whenever they want, and prepare their minds accordingly.

Few plan to have four different position coaches in their career. Texas senior offensive linemen Elijah Rodriguez is one of several Texas players who has experienced that.