Not everyone has been willing or capable of putting their finger on it but there was a fair amount in the Maryland game to suggest that Texas is indeed a team with a ceiling as a B12 champion in the 2018 season. A slow start, bizarre game, and three consecutive turnovers suggested this offense is in pretty poor shape. In reality, Texas was able to attack Maryland in a variety of ways that should translate to success against B12 opponents provided this team can put together a consistent performance from start to finish in weeks to come.
The smallest enrollment football school in FBS had the temerity to adorn a traumatic weather event with a glitzy color and then make it singular. It’s not the Hurricanes. It’s Hurricane. Just one Hurricane, thank you.
This week’s Notebook starts in Cali with a JUCO defender, a complete safety from D/FW, then over to Georgia for speedster at tailback, then finish up in Oklahoma with a slot receiver who is Austin bound. Just another Recruiting Notebook.
Normally I don’t concern myself with outcomes of high school games as much as I do watching individual players, but Friday night’s game between state powers North Shore and Katy afforded me the opportunity to do both.
I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. – Dwight Eisenhower
We clearly had plans going in against Maryland. But I question our planning.
Let’s get straight to the (bullet) points. After going through the full range of emotions, the team is surprisingly calm and confident despite the opening-season loss to Maryland. After Sunday’s video session there’s more optimism within the program than you might expect. They found more good than bad, and lots of small fixable things like taking better angles, tackling better, protecting the ball, and less penalties. Generally cleaner play gets them out of Maryland with a win.
More on play-calling, injury report, and more in the Scoop.
Slow and steady can’t win the race against a tortoise when it’s a Texas linebacker chasing a jet sweep.
There’s no excuse for the team no-showing versus Maryland. The total lack of readiness can only fall on the shoulders of Tom Herman and as far as I could tell he fell on the sword in the press conference.
The team played incredibly slow and you could even see it in their timid movements early on. They were running in mud because they were thinking slowly — again.
Football is finally back. After months of offseason, recruiting classes, and spring ball, the Texas Longhorns travel to Maryland to take on the Terripans. Here’s the Texas-Maryland Primer.
This is a Q&A, but first a couple team notes and nice dose of recruiting.