Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

The Four Levels of Longhorn DL

Poona Ford. (Will Gallagher/IT)

This is in complement to Eric’s excellent post evaluating the DL post Spring.

I went back and re-watched the Spring game and specifically concentrated only on DL snaps. Beyond the zero sum game caveats, I can evaluate get-off, mobility, effort, technique, low pads and explosiveness.

Understanding & Evaluating Tight Ends At A Deeper Level

Andrew Beck. (Justin Wells/IT)

When you want to know whether a player in the NBA can play extended minutes “going small”, the question isn’t whether your 3 can score on a post player. We know he can. The question is whether he can hold up defending on the other end and what he costs you elsewhere. Giving up 35 to score 30 isn’t smart basketball.

Assessing Longhorn Draft Prospects

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

At Inside Texas, we’ve broken down a lot of reasons Texas went 5-7 last year. There’s that botched defensive offseason install. Youth. A self-immolating high volume offense that treated 3rd down like Nahlin treats a Denny’s restroom after midnight. Poor staff accountability. Questionable player development. Disorganization. Horrendous special teams. Bad luck.

Post Spring Game thoughts: offense

Lil'Jordan Humphrey (Will Gallagher/IT)

The offense focused on the passing game because of the paucity of healthy running backs and the staff’s desire to get Buechele and Ehlinger as many live fire reps as possible. Probably also to gauge how successful Orlando’s defensive installations were. And you might as well throw it around for the fans and recruits on hand.

Our Defense’s D-Line Demands: An Explanation

Charles Omenihu. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last week, I commented on Herman’s fat shaming, as our head coach has made it a point to repeatedly mock the muffin-tops on our DL. He’s not talking about everyone (Nelson, Omenihu are on the good list) and there are clearly players who are too heavy but making the effort to cut down (Elliott, Ford), but he’s looking for proof in the pudding from several other athletes.