Texas is heading to the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, the bowl announced today. The Longhorns will take on former Big 12 member Missouri at NRG Stadium in Houston on December 27.
Since you’re taking a few days off after the Texas Tech game, I figured you might need a little reading material to pass the time. Since we both want Texas football to win again, and since I’ve been watching football since about 7-8 years before you were born and therefore I am a Football Expert, I figured I’d write a little note of encouragement, sprinkled with advice as you start looking toward 2018.
Round 3 schedules for Texas commits and targets
Hires can only be judged based on the pool of candidates available. On that basis alone, Texas A&M made a good hire for their program. It’s an objectively strong hire anyway. If a 6-6 Longhorn season and a roster hit by early entry isn’t sufficient to catch Tom Herman’s attention that he’d better maximize his staff and processes ASAP, a national title winning coach hell-bent on dominating Texas recruiting 2 hours to his East might just do the trick.
Program, team, recruiting; it’s what we do, but rather than throwing Molotov cocktails throughout the 40 Acres we’re going to use a flashlight to illuminate the little things that are adding up to the bigger things. It’s like a mosaic with each pixel being it’s own picture, but as you step away all the pixels come together to create an entirely different and singular image. Right now some are predicting that image to be DKR on fire, or maybe Herman wearing one of those hats with a spinner on it, but the full image is nowhere near complete and I’d urge people to let the next couple months play out.
The Longhorn safety and Thorpe Award Finalist stuffed the 2017 stat sheet this year with 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles. He has elected to sit out the bowl game. Like several of his Longhorn defensive peers, he took a significant leap under the tutelage of Todd Orlando and this defensive staff and a player that enticed Longhorn fans as a freshman and sophomore came through with a big third year campaign.
After Texas’ victory on the road against West Virginia I detailed how the gameplan against the Mountaineers revealed a lot of the potential for the future Sam Ehlinger offense and a “four safety” dime philosophy on defense. Then both of those same features seemed to crash and burn in spectacular fashion against Texas Tech.
This month’s issue of Inside Texas Magazine profiles Gary Johnson, Texas looking for a running game, Andrew Jones & Kerwin Roach, and more.
After the spring game Tom Herman voiced concerns over depth on the offensive line. I somewhat brushed those concerns off saying, “depth will only be debilitating if you have multiple injuries at the same time.” Then we found out Herman and Derek Warehime had a Murphy’s Law debt to finish paying from their previous year at Houston where anything that could go wrong on the offensive line did.
The Texas coaches are on the road again. Full disclosure, just wanted a reason to listen to Willie Nelson. Latest on Keaontay Ingram, the coaches road itinerary, and latest on JUCO OL. Here’s your Tuesday morning notes.