I like simple statistics that convey truths. I’m also a general fan of living in reality. So one of my favorite portions of the 2017 Thinking Texas Football is something I’d like to excerpt here.
Herman’s presser today made more concrete a lot of things I’d already surmised with respect to our OL. But it also surprised me. Elijah Rodriguez, starting right tackle.
Something caught my eye while scanning the post-practice player interviews. It came from our favorite Tongan and it reminded me once again that we’ve entered a new world when it comes to attention to detail in all phases of the program.
Some really interesting thoughts from the Longhorn defensive coordinator discussing championship depth, the progress of Gary Johnson, the internal athlete and the value of cross training all positions.
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.
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?
Y’all get the drift on the premise. Let’s dive in…
We all know Connor Williams is a first round NFL draft pick. Smart insiders (that means you, IT readers) know that PJ Locke and Malcolm Roach are poised for a breakout year on defense. We all know Collin Johnson should be un-coverable and Devin Duvernay can run really fast with a ball in his hands.
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.
Then there’s Naashon Hughes…
Herman talks a lot about alignment. We debate what it means and what is or isn’t aligned behavior…until it starts to sound like a chiropractor CME seminar.
I think he means sound tactics informed by smart strategy.