Texas head coach Tom Herman has said over his two season tenure that the drills his team is forced to go through in helmets only in the first few days of a return to practice isn’t really football. Though NCAA rules mean Texas players were in helmets for the first day of spring practice, Herman still was pleased with what he saw on the first day.
The first day of spring drills was a little chilly and a little overcast, but Texas began its march toward the 2019 season in a helmets only practice.
I was the only one out there from IT, so I tried to get a grasp on the opening day depth chart (that will assuredly change as the spring goes on).
Texas hosted a trio of prospects, more in-depth on defensive back recruiting, more prospects visiting soon, and the latest on the saga known as Shaka Smart in the Scoop.
With the start of spring ball a few days away, the IT Staff takes one more look at the team before the helmets come on. That plus info on visitors heading to Texas all in the Humidor.
The first 50 minutes are with Ian Boyd regarding spring ball.
The next 30 minutes are so are with Joe Cook regarding the ‘other’ spring ball.
Spring on offense is pretty similar to defense. You want to find out who “the guys” are and then build around them while carving out the supporting roles in the fall. However, offense is a much more skill intensive unit, so the timelines on various players can be longer. The development of an identity on offense tends to start earlier than on defense, particularly for the 2019 Longhorn offense. Several important foundation pieces are already set such as the team’s QB. Plus, they aren’t replacing nearly as many important cogs as the defense.
Join the Inside Texas staff for a lunchtime recruiting Q&A.
What a time to cover UT recruiting.
And OU recruiting. And A&M recruiting.
The nation’s top three rated 2019 class wasn’t quite finished yet.
Texas decided to offer Iowa Western CC offensive lineman Willie Tyler at the end of February. UT became the easy choice for Tyler among interest from Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Miami, as he verbally pledged to the Longhorns today.
Texas grabs a premier grad transfer offensive lineman, another OL target went out west for a vist, a QB guru drops knowledge during the Elite 11 regional trials, tidbits on UT’s 2020 QB take, one of the best corners in Texas talks Texas, and the enigma; Ja’Quinden Jackson goes into detail about his recruitment. The Scoop knows.