If you thought the offense struggled, imagine if the defensive front 7 hadn’t been split up by the Spring game draft format. Roach, Omenihu and Hager sharing the same pass rushing space is a daunting proposition for a lot of offenses. Particularly when all three can credibly line up at multiple positions and come in unexpected ways.
I jotted a few notes and put the broadcast team on mute after Mack Brown made his fourth canned reference to Texas fans being needy and meddlesome and Rod Gilmore offered that a NFL team should draft Dickson in the late 1st or early 2nd round. Lowell Galindo was also there, depending on the camera angle.
I covered the Indispensable premise earlier with the defense.
An Indispensable is defined by the distance between the starter and their replacement within the context of the overall value to the offense. So crowning Gary Johnson King of the Defensive Indispensables wasn’t very hard. He’s a very good player who is primary to the defensive scheme and the replacement quality behind him is a marked drop
The premise is simple. Who has to stay healthy on both sides of the ball for the 2018 Longhorns to maximize?
First, the Defense….
I was able to watch the full Spring press conference and Herman shared several off-season improvements measured in the S&C program.
The Evaluating Football Athletes series illustrates the physical attributes competent evaluators should be looking to feed into their development process. It’s also a caution to focus on what players CAN BE. Film can be self-evident – it doesn’t take many clips of Adrian Peterson or Shaun Rogers in high school to understand what you’re seeing – but they’re exceptional athletes with floors already higher at age 18 than most athlete’s ceilings at age 25. That’s why you recruit them.
Let’s wrap up the metrics that we began discussing in Part III.
Time to discuss high school SPARQ and NFL combine testing tools and metrics. Both evals share the 40, short shuttle and vertical, but the NFL combine adds the 3 cone and broad jump and employs the bench press in lieu of the football SPARQ’s powerball toss.
Why have athletes run around in their shorts and take a battery of tests to assess their ability to play football in pads? Doesn’t the game itself select for the attributes we want? Watch film. You’ll know who is fast, strong, quick, violent and tough. Then just take the best players.
There a number of physical, mental and skill-based traits that go into evaluating athletes. The art is far from exact.
If you’re a recruitnik, this discussion is the red pill that will enrich your understanding in assessing high school prospects.