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.

Big recruiting weekend….but not for UT

Jamal Morris (Joe Cook/IT)

Regional recruiting rivals are each set to host a solid list of visitors for their respective spring game weekends.

This will undoubtedly lead to some tense moments for the fretful sect of Texas recruitniks — the ones whose lachrymosity cascades down my beloved Prospects Board — but keep in mind Texas will hold its rebuttal next weekend, under the lights, and all to itself.

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…

Time for Texas to break through on the road

Josh Sawyer (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas coaches and players have consistently said throughout the year the difficult non-conference schedule that included hosting Stanford and trips to LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M were in order to prepare the team for postseason environments against postseason-caliber opponents.

The Longhorns showed signs of improvement in that regard as the season progressed but they own a 1-5 record against those teams in addition to a disappointing conference series loss in Manhattan against Kansas State.

Recruiting Notebook – 4/11/18

DeMarvin Leal. (courtesy of Leal)

The Notebook starts in the Metroplex with an elite athlete catching passes, then head down I-35 to San Antonio for the state’s monster DE, swing over to H-town for the one of the state’s top OL, then hitch a ride to Florida for UT’s top RB target. The Recruiting Notebook, y’all.

Five Innings That Made The Ballgame: A&M 6, Texas 5

Kody Clemens (Will Gallagher/IT)

COLLEGE STATION – In an exciting rivalry game, Texas got down early, clawed it’s way back, got down again, clawed back once more, but ultimately could not break through and grab the lead from the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies. Head coach David Pierce said after the game he tried to treat this Tuesday like any other Tuesday. However, both he and junior second baseman Kody Clemens admitted they knew a little bit more was at stake with this one.