We’ll go with some randomness this a.m.
One nice thing about the 2017 schedule is that Texas will be well positioned to go on a late run and push for bowl eligibility, eight wins, the conference championship, or whatever goal is still on the table after nine games. You can never say never (obviously) but late home dates with Kansas and Texas Tech are rather promising for a pair of easy wins late.
Two years ago, Eric and Ian both drafted a 22 man squad from the Longhorn roster to see who could build the best offense and defense. Last year, Eric and I squared off, with the quarterback decision dictating much of the rest of the draft. My Resident Chefs take on Nahlin’s Norsemen once again this year. I had the first pick last season, so Eric gets the first pick this year.
A while back I brought the realism in describing the stark reality of the last few years, but today I’m bringing the optimism. Actually, it’s also realism, but a different kind. The realism of understanding that we humans are pattern-seeking animals who tend to imbue temporary trends with permanence. We have a tendency to project the ephemeral forward confidently without considering that many of the factors that underpin our assumptions have changed.
So far this cycle, Texas has loaded up with some of the best skill players in the country. Today, they added the state’s top lineman to the fold.
Frisco Wakeland’s 4-star OL Rafiti Ghirmai verbally pledged to Texas today. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder is the versatile type interior lineman who can play both guard and tackle. He chose UT over LSU, Alabama, UCLA, and Florida.
The Longhorns returned to practice on Monday, this time with a scout team in place. Tom Herman touched on the importance of a quality scout team, as well as the current state of the competitions for quarterback and right tackle.
On Total Eclipse day, Texas fans be like:
Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit nervous
That the best of all the years have gone by
Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit terrified
And then I see the look in your eyes [Tom Herman]
Sophomore Brandon Jones and junior Kris Boyd both have a lot in common. Both were highly touted defensive backs from East Texas who were asked to contribute a lot as true freshmen.
Now with more experience under their belts, both players enter 2017 as key players in Todd Orlando’s defense.
We’re one Saturday from football. 13 days.
As the Longhorns are getting closer to Maryland game prep, there are positions and rotations yet to be determined, including naming that elusive starting QB for the battle with Maryland on September 2nd.
Some quick hitters from yesterday’s final scrimmage, at least from the 1v1 perspective.
Herman took the time to address both of camp’s biggest battles, quarterback and right tackle. He also spoke about players staying in the facility during camp, and why the defense continues to impress him.