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The Inside Scoop – 12/4/17

Junior Angilau on his in-home with Derek Warehime (via Angilau)

Lots of recruiting. Coaches on the road again, official visit weekend coming up, and the latest on top targets. BJ Foster, Vernon Jackson, Tanner McKee, Class of 2018, Junior Angilau, and Rondale Moore. The Scoop.

Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M: What It Means

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Fridays in the Humidor: 12/1/17

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Inside the Gameplan: The offense after Texas Tech

Sam Ehlinger finds Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

A look at the state of the offensive line

Patrick Hudson (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Texas Tech Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams

Michael Dickson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas played well enough to win on defense, but the offense didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Texas Tech predicated their entire offense on trying to isolate the Davis duo and the Texas safeties with Keke Coutee and 6’6″ TJ Vasher while sacrificing Dylan Cantrell at the altar of Kris Boyd. When it worked, they moved the ball in chunks. When it didn’t, they were largely dominated.

An optimist, a pessimist, and a realist walk into a bar

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s funny when you’ve known people long enough to know what they are, at least by posting history, but you’re mistaken for all three at times. Happens to us all.

I fancy myself a realist but at times optimism and pessimism leak into my writing, especially when influenced by what I’m hearing as opposed to just my general, realistic thoughts.