Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Coaching Turnarounds at Texas: Darrell Royal

Darrell K. Royal. (Photo by Art Shay /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

This is a series on coaching turnarounds (or attempted turnarounds ) at Texas, starting with the Royal era. I think there are some learning points to be gleaned and, at the risk of doing the reveal too early, I think they portend favorably for Herman.
All Texas coaching hires – like presidential elections – are a lesson in oversteering. The tendency to hire what the previous guy was not is predictable. The things we focus on also tend to be shallow and useless.

Do You Like Mixy Matchy Linebackers?

Anthony Wheeler. (Will Gallagher/IT)

If you were a college running back and saw the Texas linebackers getting off of the game day bus, a little shudder of fear would run down your spine. Mostly because it’s July 13th and why is there a bus of Texas linebackers in front of my dorm room at Maryland?

The Elusive Potential of Naashon Hughes

Naashon Hughes in South Bend. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The players Tom Herman is sending to Big 12 Media Days shouldn’t surprise anyone. Well, three of them, anyway.

PJ Locke is the leader of the secondary and will emerge as a 2017 breakout talent, Michael Dickson is the best punter in college football and Connor Williams is a NFL 1st round draft pick.

Pretty straightforward.

Then there’s Naashon Hughes…

SCIPIO TEX: 2017 QB Depth

Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

We feature a depth chart comprised of a sophomore and a true freshman. The sophomore isn’t cut from the Andrew Luck cloth of QB frames and spent most of 2016 struggling with a shoulder injury that came from a hard hit in the Cal game, which was then re-aggravated on a weekly basis before knocking him out altogether. The true freshman is a true freshman who will do true freshman things in football games who, as a high school senior, tore both meniscus, broke his thumb and broke his wrist, in no small part because he doesn’t like shirking hits.

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.