Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

A letter to the quarterbacks…

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger (Justin Wells/IT)

Dear Shane and Sam,

Wanted to drop you a quick line as you prepare for Kansas State this Saturday. I know you guys are probably tired of everybody droning on and on about who the starting quarterback should be, about who has the most and least experience, who is he better runner, blah-blah-blah.

The quarterback chronicles

Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas has a quarterback who is clearly the most physical at his position. Another UT quarterback is more experienced, and is thus more familiar with the team’s system. A third has a very special skill set, unique to the others, and also sees very important playing time.

Yes, there is a blueprint….

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

Sloppy-drunk on burnt orange Kool-aid in July, I stated – publicly and emphatically and foolishly – that Texas would beat USC this week in Los Angeles. Less than two months later, it’s Trojan game week, and my friends are spending the week verbally abusing me at every turn.

The Final Four…

The Texas flag in Morgantown. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Now that the Texas two-deep has been released (Shane Buechele is the starter “today”, according to Tom Herman), then we can begin to daydream prior to Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff against Maryland.

Herman keeps the doors open

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Upon landing on the IMG Academy homepage, a visitor is immediately aware of a constant, intense drumbeat of movement. Young athletes – girls and boys – pushing themselves, running, jumping, lifting and yes, even studying, surrounded by modern amenities craved by 17 and 18-year old dreamers.

Beware of the Burnt Orange Trojan Horse

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The reason for the insanity of what I’m about to write might be the long, hot days of summer without football. Or maybe it’s the delirium of a new coach who continues to shepherd a steady stream of high-end recruits to Austin.

Whatever the case, I’ll go ahead and say it: Texas will beat USC on September 16.

Second chances

Reese Leitao. (courtesy of NewsOK)

When you’re nearing death, and you know you’re nearing death, I assume you will want another chance. The hope for second chances will still be in you as you draw your last breath. Good or bad, rich or poor, I’m convinced this will be so.