In the last decade or so the tight end position has infringed on the domain of wide receivers. Especially in the NFL, it has become a glamour position that prizes athleticism over grunt work. But for Tom Herman’s offense, glamour is in the grunt work that helps the offense operate as intended. He’ll take any and all modern day mutants at the position, but they must possess the willingness to aid in the running game first and foremost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most populated position grouping on the Texas roster is defensive backs. You don’t really notice this until you get ready to write about each player, or until you want to run dime and have a legitimate two deep.
Texas doesn’t just have bodies at the position, it has solid and experienced veterans with talent still yet to surface, solid role players, and an exciting crop of youngsters with the potential to put any question of who the real DBU is to sleep for the next decade. Insert Sterns and Foster joke here.
Scipio Tex looks at the current recruiting situation in Texas for the Longhorns.