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Tuesday Scoop: Resetting the Table

NaNa Osafo-Mensah (Justin Wells/IT)

Last May we prepped the board for what would we expected to be a big June. Then Keaontay Ingram and DeMarvion Overshown dropped right before the beginning of June. In a little less than a week they would be joined by Ayodele Adeoye and BJ Foster.

We’re not exactly saying the same is going to happen, at least not in that short of a window, but May has the look of a successful month, and certainly much more palatable than April.

Holton Hill, Cautionary Tale

Holton Hill (Will Gallagher/IT)

Cautionary tales have been with us since Man first started communicating as tribal hunter gatherers and Ooo-ga The Prideful boasted that he’d show everyone that cave bears are probably just large marmots. A story Eric Nahlin’s wife has repeatedly implored me to remind him of every time he announces to the family that he has mastered electricity with the power of his mind and tries to entice it from a power outlet with a paper clip.

Texas’ inside linebackers

Anthony Wheeler at the Texas Bowl. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year around this time one of the big questions for the spring game was how Texas’ LBs would show against the run. The 2016 season had been one of the ugliest for LB play in a decade of exceptionally ugly play at that position but with Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler coming under Todd Orlando’s supervision there was some hope that it might get turned around. Then the offense spent the spring game throwing the ball around on the perimeter and it remained to be seen whether Texas knew how to fit the run or not.

Ehlinger and Buechele’s passing in the spring game

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger (Justin Wells/IT)

Much like in 2017, the 2018 Texas spring game was pretty passing intensive. It’s hard to know exactly why that may be but some likely reasons include reducing wear and tear on everyone with big hits in the run game or giving the fans more of a show with the ball getting aired out regularly.

Spring Game Quick Reaction: Defense/Special Teams

Jamari Chisholm, Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

If you thought the offense struggled, imagine if the defensive front 7 hadn’t been split up by the Spring game draft format. Roach, Omenihu and Hager sharing the same pass rushing space is a daunting proposition for a lot of offenses. Particularly when all three can credibly line up at multiple positions and come in unexpected ways.

Spring Game Quick Reaction: Offense

Chris Brown and Toneil Carter (Will Gallagher/IT)

I jotted a few notes and put the broadcast team on mute after Mack Brown made his fourth canned reference to Texas fans being needy and meddlesome and Rod Gilmore offered that a NFL team should draft Dickson in the late 1st or early 2nd round. Lowell Galindo was also there, depending on the camera angle.