There’s been a lot of fun discussion over the lineup that Texas tried out in the scrimmage that featured sophomore Derek Kerstetter at center, particularly Eric’s report that the most physical grouping consisted of Pat Hudson-Derek Kerstetter-Tope Imade forcing the Texas nose tackles to “fight for their lives.”
Dating back to his time as offensive coordinator at Ohio State (and very likely before that as well), Tom Herman has tried to boil down his decently complex offensive system into three overarching foundational points: give the ball to playmakers, keep numbers equal while running the ball, and take advantage of matchups in the throw game.
Position-by-position scrimmage notes including an interesting development on the offensive line, looking at JUCO options on defense, an update on two top WR targets, and other recruiting notes in a packed Monday scoop.
At Texas, no other position on defense has been more inconsistent this decade than linebacker. This is best exhibited twice in near mirroring fashion.
Texas offensive line coach Herb Hand is known not only for his football acumen, but for his culinary expertise. One of the first questions he fielded on August 2 at Texas’ pre-season media day included what some of his favorite restaurants in Austin were.
The second week of practice brought pads with it, as well as a heavy dose of install as the staff began to move beyond the basics. We’ll shed some light on that as we break down the team by position.
AUSTIN — Some soundbites from the players and coaches heading into the 2018 season, from Tom Herman, Kris Boyd, Charles Omenihu, Malcolm Roach, Yancy McKnight, and Sam Ehlinger.
We already talked about the knowns and unknowns for the Texas defense last week and it was an encouraging discussion. Texas had to take on something approximating half of their 2018 offseason defensive rebuild in their bowl practices before taking on Missouri when Holton Hill, Malik Jefferson, and DeShon Elliott were all unavailable. When they proceeded to lay waste to Missouri’s highly rated offense while featuring back-ups, young bucks, and juniors across the lineup that was a pretty good indicator that the 2018 defense was going to end up being just fine.
When players sign their letter of intent in December or February of their senior years, most expect to have the same position coach for several years. Some may know what’s going on surrounding the program they sign with and have an idea that their position coach could change. Others know that coaches can leave for a different job whenever they want, and prepare their minds accordingly.
Few plan to have four different position coaches in their career. Texas senior offensive linemen Elijah Rodriguez is one of several Texas players who has experienced that.
AUSTIN — Wednesday brought full pads to the Wright Whitaker Fields, though unfortunately the pads weren’t truly popping until the media was escorted out.
Upon arrival, the offensive line was working on one of the more unique drills I’ve seen covering Texas. Each OL had a rep individually bear crawling before rolling, and after that was completed the OL would jump on a simulated fumble from the hands of Herb Hand.