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.
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.
So now we’re left wondering what to do at TE. I think looking to 2008 could hold a clue as to how we go from here, even if the parallels aren’t perfectly clean.
A few questions arose this week with regards to personnel that we’ll get answered as best we can. We’ll also talk about a few players who haven’t been mentioned much but who still have a chance to see the field. Though the team is tired, its confidence is building.
Overall Texas is losing big bodies at a much greater clip than the little guys. Since Spring, Texas has lost Jordan Elliott, Marcel Southall, Elijah Rodriguez, and Jean Delance to injury or transfer. The big losses of course, being Elliott and a hard-charging E-Rod. Texas can’t afford many more losses in the trenches and some of the younger guys are going to need to step up. Let’s take stock of where we’re at.
In recent years, a scheduling stretch that pitted Texas against Oklahoma State at home before taking them on a tour of Waco and Ft. Worth would be a trip through the valley of death for the Longhorns. In 2017, that probably won’t be the case.
Two weeks of camp have been completed with roughly two remaining. The team is still working on install this week. Next week it will begin game planning for the Terrapins.