Note on an important Longhorn who was not at Sunday’s practice.
Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
The 2017 Longhorn season feels like a dark epic poem. Every promising verse against a top 10 team revealing yet another late twist that turns the verse to doggerel and bitter laughter. Todd Orlando and the Texas defense did their best to break the familiar rhythm, but the verse always turns. By now we know how these games are going to go late, even in the throes of hope and optimism. The dread won’t leave until we kill it on the field.
I fully understand the frustration many have right now.
Texas’ knack for overtime games this season has been brutal. You can view it as Texas being incapable of getting separation or the Longhorns repeatedly scrapping and clinging to top teams that should otherwise be beating them down. There’s probably some truth in either direction although it’ll be interesting to see how Texas plays the Baylor Bears next week.
Another huge game awaits us this weekend as Oklahoma State comes to town with its Grand Prix offense. The defense has a lot on its plate but I think the plan going in is one that could work, but will the offense be able to keep up?
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Perhaps with the exception of the wide receivers, the defensive line has played the most consistent football this year of any position group. Because of that, the trepidation of the 2018 recruiting class has been much more muted than that of their cohorts on the offensive line.
I’m not particularly worried about either, but if we’re going to discuss the offensive line we might as well dissect the defensive line.
Exiting the Spring, Texas had 18 bodies on the offensive line. That’s enough for a three-deep and three red-shirts. 18-20 is typically what I’ve stated needs to the rolling average. Between injuries, transfers, retirement, and the steadfastness of red-shirting Sam Cosmi, the current number is 11.
The 2018 class of defensive backs will very likely finish as the highest rated group the school has ever signed. Without researching it too much, it will also likely be the best position group to sign of any that routinely takes three players or more per cycle. For a school that fancies itself as DBU, that’s quite an accomplishment.
In years past we’ve discussed the type of seasons Texas would need to have in order to keep recruiting going. Not all 8-4’s or 7-5’s are created equally. Losing close, winnable games, while leading in the 4th, is heartbreaking, but it also gives you hope that in the future those turn into close wins. That’s much different than going 7-5 or 8-4 with blowout losses.
For recruits, the feeling is extremely positive. To a man, they feel once they get to campus they can help the team get over the hump.
It’s time for Fletchers corny dogs, overpriced stuffed animals, and a fist fight between the burnt orange and boomer Sooners. Texas is hosting an impressive allotment of prospects, especially 2019, where UT is looking to make a dent in as soon as they finish up this Top 5 composite 2018 class.