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.
After Texas head coach Tom Herman seized playcalling duty from offensive coordinator Tim Beck for the victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl, the question of who would call the offense in Herman’s second season in Austin became one of the main offseason storylines.
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.
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.
Quotes from defensive coordinator Todd Orlando following Saturday’s scrimmage.
Working six days a week with one day of recovery against the same people over and over again can get old. Coaches all over the country including those in Austin try to counteract this by emphasizing to players they don’t have to practice, but rather have the privilege of practicing.
AUSTIN — The two Longhorns who split time under center in 2017, junior Shane Buechele and sophomore Sam Ehlinger, once again are competing against each other for the starting quarterback role.
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.
Texas offensive line coach Herb Hand is known not only for his football acumen, but for his culinary expertise. One of the first questions he fielded on August 2 at Texas’ pre-season media day included what some of his favorite restaurants in Austin were.
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.