In a minor milestone for head coach David Pierce, Texas matched their win total from 2016 in a Tuesday night 2-0 victory over Texas State
This week’s Notebook starts in God’s country – East Texas – with a dual-threat QB flying under the radar of sorts, a linebacker from Florida with good genes, a slot receiver with good wiggle, and a young TE that’s on everyone’s radar. We got you covered in the Recruiting Notebook.
On my first rewatch, I thought it would be a good idea to fire up Snapchat and use the drawing feature to make some annotations on various plays. Here are some of the results.
With over 50 prospects on hand for Saturday’s Orange-White game, the feedback was good as the attendance was surprising.
And that’s one of the reasons for these scrimmages; to have fun, generate excitement in the program, and wrap up Spring ball in a positive manner. Mission accomplished.
All caveats for zero sum games apply, but there were a few things on defense and special teams that got my attention. I haven’t had a chance to re-watch tape for individual drill downs, so most of my observations will be of the 10,000 foot variety.
The offense focused on the passing game because of the paucity of healthy running backs and the staff’s desire to get Buechele and Ehlinger as many live fire reps as possible. Probably also to gauge how successful Orlando’s defensive installations were. And you might as well throw it around for the fans and recruits on hand.
In Tom Herman’s first game coaching in front of a crowd and with a scoreboard at Royal-Memorial Stadium, the Orange team defeated the White team, 52-51.
The scoring was peculiar, with penalties taking points off the boards, big plays adding three points for the White or offense’s total, and turnovers or missed field goals adding to the Orange or defense’s total.
It’s like 80 degrees right now in southeast Michigan, probably made for a nice day at the Big House where the Wolverines were holding their spring game. I’ll get out and enjoy myself in a moment, probably fire up the grill, but I was content to sit inside for the afternoon and watch Herman’s squad go at it.
T-minus 24 hours until kickoff of the Orange-White scrimmage from DKR and there’s a hint of momentum in the air. After Texas landed its quarterback for 2018, Casey Thompson of Southmoore (OK), his pledge may be the signal from the light Tower to all the ships (recruits) approaching Austin harbor. UT didn’t just get a Chris Leak-type passer for the next class, they also snagged a key recruiter in the race for talent in 2018.
Following the addition of Oak Hill (VA) point guard Matt Coleman, who officially signed with Texas this past Wednesday, head coach Shaka Smart called Coleman’s addition part of “an important stretch of days for us.” Coleman joins the 2017 class, but Smart is not through recruiting this spring as the Longhorns are in the mix for elite recruit Mohamed Bamba.