Breaking Down DeShon Elliott Going Pro

Deshon Elliott (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Longhorn safety and Thorpe Award Finalist stuffed the 2017 stat sheet this year with 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles. He has elected to sit out the bowl game. Like several of his Longhorn defensive peers, he took a significant leap under the tutelage of Todd Orlando and this defensive staff and a player that enticed Longhorn fans as a freshman and sophomore came through with a big third year campaign.

Inside the Gameplan: The offense after Texas Tech

Sam Ehlinger finds Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (Will Gallagher/IT)

After Texas’ victory on the road against West Virginia I detailed how the gameplan against the Mountaineers revealed a lot of the potential for the future Sam Ehlinger offense and a “four safety” dime philosophy on defense. Then both of those same features seemed to crash and burn in spectacular fashion against Texas Tech.

Second half interior offense boosts Longhorns over FAMU, 82-58

Mohamed Bamba (Will Gallagher/IT)

Coming off of three tough games in the PK80 tournament, Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns had a chance to get back into the win column following the early season tournament. They welcomed a 1-7 Florida A&M team with a sloppy first half in which the Longhorns pressed the Rattlers into several live-ball turnovers, but contributed to the slop themselves by shooting a dismal 1-of-13 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.

A look at the state of the offensive line

Patrick Hudson (Will Gallagher/IT)

After the spring game Tom Herman voiced concerns over depth on the offensive line. I somewhat brushed those concerns off saying, “depth will only be debilitating if you have multiple injuries at the same time.” Then we found out Herman and Derek Warehime had a Murphy’s Law debt to finish paying from their previous year at Houston where anything that could go wrong on the offensive line did.

Segment-by-segment: Gonzaga 76, Texas 71

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

In my notes, I like splitting the game up by TV timeout sections (20:00 to U16, U16 to U12, etc.). This allows me to make more divisions in the game than simply first half, second half.

It’s a subjective system (I determine who wins the section and how many points are awarded), but I think it is a good way to measure control of a game for certain sections. The team who wins more divided segments should get the win.

Texas Tech Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams

Michael Dickson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas played well enough to win on defense, but the offense didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Texas Tech predicated their entire offense on trying to isolate the Davis duo and the Texas safeties with Keke Coutee and 6’6″ TJ Vasher while sacrificing Dylan Cantrell at the altar of Kris Boyd. When it worked, they moved the ball in chunks. When it didn’t, they were largely dominated.