At this point, I’ve touched on the major issues Texas is facing: the coaching effort needed to fix the offense, the difficult path to six wins, and Herman’s desire to have staff continuity.
AUSTIN — Prior to Saturday’s game in Austin, the Kansas Jayhawks scored 29 points over the last four games, including getting shutout twice. They had not scored more than 25 points against the Longhorns this century, and had only scored that many away from home just once this season.
Texas head coach Shaka Smart entered this season with high expectations. Friday’s season opener against the Northwestern State Demons gave him an opportunity to see if his young, talented team could live up to those expectations.
A losing record is a big deal when it happens to a revenue sport at the University of Texas.
During Shaka Smart’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns, he led the team to an 11-22 record. It was and still is a disappointing mark considering he had a lottery pick on his team in Jarrett Allen, but the offseason has helped to mitigate much of the disappointment 2016-17 was.
Coming out of Carroll High School in Southlake, sophomore Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a player without a set position. His 6-foot-5 frame and athletic ability gave him the ability to become a great wide receiver, but since he had so many responsibilities for the Dragons on offense, his role was that of a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
Quotes from head coach Tom Herman following Thursday’s practice.
Quotes from Todd Orlando and Tim Beck from Wednesday’s availability.
Junior linebacker Gary Johnson did not receive an offer from Tom Herman’s coaching staff until January 4. At that point, the Dodge City C.C. four-star had offers from West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio State, TCU and Auburn just to name a few.
With another near .500 season on the horizon, it is not difficult to see why some Texas fans have become mildly exasperated with the on field results in 2017, especially when it comes to the Longhorn offense. Injuries have left the OL unit depleted, and head coach Tom Herman, offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and offensive line coach Derek Warehime have the unenviable task each week of trying to coax a functional offense out of the personnel they have available to them.
With injuries and other issues plaguing the Texas offense and the stellar play of the Texas defense, the biggest question for head coach Tom Herman and his Longhorns was how the offense would be able to keep up with No. 8 TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
TCU and Gary Patterson easily took care of that question, limiting Texas to just one short scoring drive that came as a result of two 6-foot-5 players coming down with 50/50 balls over shorter corners. TCU scored three times in the first half and once more late in the game to neutralize a strong effort from the Texas defense, winning 24-7.