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.
AUSTIN — For the majority of Casey Thompson’s recruitment with UT, it was about being patient.
Today, he was ready to cross that Red River.
What the spring game shows us are the bare bones of a team, who’s at the top of the pecking order, what the most basic formations and calls are, and how well the team knows to execute those calls.
The spring game looms…
Here are some bits and pieces that haven’t made it to the light of day from Tuesday’s practice.
The Junior Day was to create momentum and it did. The spring game should compound that momentum, and as you’ve seen in the other thread, Texas has a very nice list of RSVP’s for Saturday’s event. We could see a commit or two go down this weekend, but that’s not for certain.