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Inside the Gameplan: Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Lil'Jordan Humphrey (Will Gallagher/IT)

At 6-4, 220 with a background as a RB at powerhouse HS Southlake Carroll, Lil’Jordan Humphrey is a pretty unique football player. That was certainly Charlie Strong’s impression when he recruited him, “I don’t know what he is but I just know he’s a football player.”

The latest on Elijah Higgins

Elijah Higgins (Joe Cook/IT)

Despite his impressive offer list, Austin Bowie’s Elijah Higgins still feels like he has a lot to prove. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he’s heard the talk about being a tight end and he’s not having it. That topic is largely a semantic one to me as his best utility is likely as an inside flexed receiver who moves around some. I doubt Jordan Reed cares about his positional designation, but as of now Higgins does care about that perception. Schools are recruiting him at receiver, but when Stanford and its rich tight end tradition comes calling, that makes one wonder.

The Indispensables: Offense

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

I covered the Indispensable premise earlier with the defense.

An Indispensable is defined by the distance between the starter and their replacement within the context of the overall value to the offense. So crowning Gary Johnson King of the Defensive Indispensables wasn’t very hard. He’s a very good player who is primary to the defensive scheme and the replacement quality behind him is a marked drop

Fridays in the Humidor: 4/13/18

Derek Kerstetter and Ta'Quon Graham (Will Gallagher/IT)

We’ve reached the penultimate weekend of spring football and it will be a quiet one on the 40 Acres. Coaches and players alike will be allowed to leave campus. Likewise, recruiting will also be quiet. We don’t expect any visitors, though you can never entirely rule that out.

Practice notes – 4/12/18

Anthony Cook (Will Gallagher/IT)

There are only a handful more practices between now and next Saturday’s spring game. Head coach Tom Herman didn’t have his team go full pads today, opting for shorts instead. It was a windy day at Denius Fields.

Here are a few notes.

Quantifying Texas’ upgrades on the OL

Derek Kerstetter (Will Gallagher/IT)

After observing Patrick Vahe’s play over the course of 2017 I determined to take on another “fun” project. I watched every sack that Texas gave up during the 2017 season and tried to determine what the breakdown was, as best as I could given that I’m less familiar with protection schemes.

Here were the results I found…