David Pierce’s second season as head coach of the Longhorn baseball program has tested his ability to lead a program, and that was before the first pitch against Louisiana-Lafayette was thrown in February. After losing double-digit players to the draft, Pierce had to bring in half-a-roster last summer to contribute to the 2018 season.
AUSTIN — Texas head coach Tom Herman enjoyed a strong culture going into his second spring. Confidence following the Texas Bowl victory was high, and those who stayed viewed 2018 as a season with a lot of promise, as well as opportunity.
After a redshirt year in 2015 and just three disappointing appearances in 2016, junior right-hander Parker Joe Robinson needed to change something. A new head coach in David Pierce was joining the program. Pierce did not recruit him from JSerra High School in California, and said Thursday he did not see a need for him in the program when he got to Austin.
It was the last open practice of the spring and plenty of lettermen were on hand to take in practice. Here’s what I saw during my viewing window.
Texas’ annual Orange-White scrimmage is not setting up to be a measurement of the defense. Head coach Tom Herman knows that defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s group has a high likelihood of picking up where it left off at the Texas Bowl, and reports have indicated they have done just that in 2018.
An idea that was planted in Texas head coach David Pierce’s head in the fall to honor his ultra-utility man came to fruition on Tuesday, as senior Jake McKenzie played all nine positions in a single game.
It was professor appreciation day at the Denius Fields as some of the men and women who help change the world were able to see what some of their students do on the football field.
There are only a handful more practices between now and next Saturday’s spring game. Head coach Tom Herman didn’t have his team go full pads today, opting for shorts instead. It was a windy day at Denius Fields.
Here are a few notes.
Texas coaches and players have consistently said throughout the year the difficult non-conference schedule that included hosting Stanford and trips to LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M were in order to prepare the team for postseason environments against postseason-caliber opponents.
The Longhorns showed signs of improvement in that regard as the season progressed but they own a 1-5 record against those teams in addition to a disappointing conference series loss in Manhattan against Kansas State.
COLLEGE STATION – In an exciting rivalry game, Texas got down early, clawed it’s way back, got down again, clawed back once more, but ultimately could not break through and grab the lead from the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies. Head coach David Pierce said after the game he tried to treat this Tuesday like any other Tuesday. However, both he and junior second baseman Kody Clemens admitted they knew a little bit more was at stake with this one.