Trajectory is a function of space and time. Position and momentum.
In Part I, we learned that 0/12 of the best linebackers in the Big 12 last year were blue chip high school recruits.
That’s the output part of the equation.
One of the most impressive changes instituted by Tom Herman at the University of Texas has been the reinvigoration and advancement of the Texas preferred walk-on program. Perhaps in no small part because he was tasked with working with the walk-ons as a Texas GA under Mack Brown and he sees the opportunity for found money.
Linebacker is one of the hardest positions to project from high school to college. The position requires agility, short area quickness, recognition, instincts, physicality and the ability to “play fast” (which is about the head as much as the legs). Those traits are then paired with technical and fundamental requirements that sometimes even gifted athletes can never quite master. Some linebackers are born, some are manufactured, but as offenses and rules change, the position itself is being redefined.
This might be a useful read for recruitniks if you value the evaluation/reality part of the process more than the star assignments, “perceptual wins”, and visit drama.
Great game plan. Great effort. While the Texas offense deserves credit for their ball control effort, this game was won by the Longhorn defense and special teams.
The 9-4 Longhorns have a marquee match-up with a 11-2 Georgia team that many believed deserved a spot in the College Football Playoff after going toe-to-toe with Alabama in the SEC Title Game before succumbing 35-28 after a 14 point 4th quarter Crimson Tide rally.
Some quick thoughts post-NSD 1. I’ll probably have more on individual players later.
We have an entire offseason to needlessly speculate, but why not get started now?
Here are some of the things I’m pondering with a little time to reflect on 13 games of football.
Before the year, I thought that Texas would finish 9-4 overall, 6-3 in conference, and go 3-1 against our non-conference schedule and bowl game. I believed that there was about a 35% chance we’d be in the Big 12 title game, so I didn’t factor that game in.