2020 Longhorn QB commitment Hudson Card had a nice showing at the Elite 11 camp in Frisco, finishing near the top of all performers overall. Granted, Elite 11 is far from real football and a lot of the simulations in shorts are virtually useless in projecting QBs, but there were a few format agnostic traits Card displayed that caught my attention worth bringing to yours.
The beginning of Texas’ 2019 Big 12 schedule would have been absolutely brutal in 2018. After the Rice game the Longhorns start their league slate with Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State Cowboys, then get a bye week to “prepare for a road trip to West Virginia,” with the Red River Shootout against the Oklahoma Sooners looming the following weekend. Like any head coach with any sense, Tom Herman will pack extra anti-Sooner prep into that bye week. The likely collapse of the Mountaineers in year one after Dana Holgorsen will only increase the amount of extra Sooner gameplanning that Texas sneaks into that bye week. You’ll hear the exact opposite from Herman, the staff, the players, and gullible commentators but feel free to ignore that.
We start in DFW with one of the nation's top defenders, stay in the metroplex for one of the nation's top junior tailbacks, then head north for a defensive lineman from Missouri, and finish on the west coast with one of the premier pass-catchers in the country. We're racking up miles in the Recruiting Notebook.
Things heated up this evening when The Opening participants joined the Elite 11 quarterbacks here in Frisco. Measurements, 40-yard dashes, power ball, and broad jumps were followed by position-by-position situations and drills - OL vs DL, RB vs LB, WR vs CB. Just when the battles had started, in walked the four-star defensive lineman from Cypress Ridge, Vernon Broughton. Questions were asked. Answers were given.
After a college career at Notre Dame and Florida, Malik Zaire is on the media side of the sport now as a producer at Overtime. I caught up with him at Elite 11 to get his perspective on Sam Ehlinger, Tom Herman, Tim Beck, modern offense, and more.