Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Scouting the Kansas Jayhawks

John Burt. (Will Gallagher/IT)

No unbecoming Baylor-style fretting allowed in this thread. Texas will be a .500 football team after this contest. Then the eleven Longhorn students in attendance can rush the field and do their Pokemon harvests.

Losing to Kansas requires a program tap out. The likes of which we haven’t seen since….last year.

Scouting the 2017 TCU Horned Frogs

Devin Duvernay (Will Gallagher/IT)

50-7. 48-10. 31-9.

Those are the last three scores of the Texas-TCU game fiasco series. None favoring Texas. Tom Herman downplayed recent results in his mid-week presser and he was right to do so, not only because every season brings new dynamics but because that’s what the Longhorn players need to hear. Particularly on offense.

The Scaaary Recruiting/Depth Discussion We Should Be Having: Linebacker

Gary Johnson (Will Gallgher/IT)

Much of our consternation about defensive recruiting has been focused on the Defensive Line. For good reason. It’s always crucial to get yours there every year. But even after Herman’s purging and our inability to secure 2018 DEs, the youth on our roster is more promising than the conventional wisdom holds. Holdovers like Nelson, Roach and Omenihu are proven assets. And I can make a pretty compelling argument that we’ll have good depth behind them (barring multiple injuries and bad luck) with players like Cummins, Fitzgerald, Wilbon and Graham on developmental schedule. Holes start to show up in 2019 (which is why the 2018 DL matter), but we have to trust the development process.

Texas-Baylor Postmortem: Offense/Defense

Malik Jefferson and PJ Locke converge on BU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Longhorns dominated a respectable Bear offense and held Baylor to their season lows in points (7) and yardage (249). The defense continues to excel on 3rd and 4th down holding the Bears to 1/9 conversions in the first half and 5/23 total for the game. It’s hard to win with a 21.7% conversion rate if you’re not hitting big plays.

Scouting the Baylor Bears

Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

The 0-7 Bears have had a dubious start under new head coach Matt Rhule. Early season non-conference losses to Liberty, UTSA and Duke suggested Bear football the likes of which we hadn’t seen since Kevin Steele and Dirty Dave Roberts, but the Bears have slowly turned the corner from laughing stock to scrappers in the space of a few weeks.

Oklahoma State Postmortem: Offense

Jerrod Heard (Will Gallagher/IT)

Watching this offense and a snuff film are comparable cinematic experiences.

Tied 7-7 at halftime on the strength of a 90 yard John Burt sideline tiptoe capped off by a Sam Ehlinger TD run, Texas faithful wondered if a listless first half could be ameliorated with something more than a fluke play and with something resembling coordinated offense.

Oklahoma State Postmortem: Defense

Charles Omenihu (Will Gallagher/IT)

Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

The 2017 Longhorn season feels like a dark epic poem. Every promising verse against a top 10 team revealing yet another late twist that turns the verse to doggerel and bitter laughter. Todd Orlando and the Texas defense did their best to break the familiar rhythm, but the verse always turns. By now we know how these games are going to go late, even in the throes of hope and optimism. The dread won’t leave until we kill it on the field.

You Are What Your Record Says You Are

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

I hear this Bill Parcells line said a lot with respect to Texas football.

This is both an undeniable reality and a favorite talking point parroted by blowhards who fancy that they’re shocking you back into reality with their real talk if you suggest you’ve seen any aspect of improvement that bodes well for the future. Particularly after a seven year wander in the desert where false hope has been peddled like sea monkeys and snake oil.

Texas-OU Postmortem

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The difference in offensive line play between the two teams was clearly evident and the single greatest factor in the game outcome. Add three coverage busts and a Kris Boyd exhibition of balls skills usually reserved for Connecticut tee ball leagues and there’s 20 Sooner points (6 on two field goals; 14 points on two touchdowns; including the 59 yard go-ahead TD to TE Mark Andrews when Texas led 24-23 6:53 into the 4th quarter) on four plays.