So now we’re left wondering what to do at TE. I think looking to 2008 could hold a clue as to how we go from here, even if the parallels aren’t perfectly clean.
In the disappointment that was the 2016 Longhorns football season, there were a handful of reliable players on the team who rarely failed to execute. Likely the most consistent of those players was junior punter Michael Dickson
A few questions arose this week with regards to personnel that we’ll get answered as best we can. We’ll also talk about a few players who haven’t been mentioned much but who still have a chance to see the field. Though the team is tired, its confidence is building.
Overall Texas is losing big bodies at a much greater clip than the little guys. Since Spring, Texas has lost Jordan Elliott, Marcel Southall, Elijah Rodriguez, and Jean Delance to injury or transfer. The big losses of course, being Elliott and a hard-charging E-Rod. Texas can’t afford many more losses in the trenches and some of the younger guys are going to need to step up. Let’s take stock of where we’re at.
In Herman’s first appearance in front of the media in several days, there were many important topics covered such as tight end depth following Andrew Beck’s injury and the ongoing quarterback battle. Herman also talked about why Garrett Graf received a scholarship last night, as well as what he expects from his young running backs.
Sophomore wide receiver Collin Johnson’s first year at Texas was an impressive one. The true freshman stepped into an offense designed to get receivers open in space, and Johnson succeeded, bringing in 28 catches for 315 yards and three scores and getting action in all 12 games last season.
Texas released the following statement Wednesday night: Texas senior TE Andrew Beck sustained a foot fracture in Wednesday’s practice, and the Longhorn medical staff is currently reviewing treatment options. Also, freshman DB Chris Brown sustained a high ankle sprain in Monday’s practice and his treatment and rehabilitation will require an extended amount of time.
In recent years, a scheduling stretch that pitted Texas against Oklahoma State at home before taking them on a tour of Waco and Ft. Worth would be a trip through the valley of death for the Longhorns. In 2017, that probably won’t be the case.
Texas looked good at times against a much more talented opponent in Melbourne United. Melbourne did some things on offense that Texas’ youth hadn’t seen before.
Calling special teams a downfall for the 2016 Texas Longhorns is not very flattering to downfalls. Aside from a couple of blocked punts, including one resulting in a safety by Brandon Jones against Cal, Texas’ special teams did more to lose games for the Longhorns than win them.