Texas followed up a 9-0 Tuesday victory over Richmond with the rare (for Texas) Wednesday victory as the Horns clobbered Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 15-0 in a game that, while originally scheduled for a full nine innings, ended after seven in a run rule. Senior Jon Malmin earned the win in relief following a dominating start from sophomore Nick Kennedy.
Our Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells are doing an early lunch time Recruiting Q&A. We’re talking Class of 2018, 2019, and potential visitors coming through Austin soon. Get some.
After splitting the regular season contests, Texas starts whatever small postseason hopes they have for the year when they take on Texas Tech in Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament.
“Nobody stood out, offense or defense,” Tom Herman said after practice Tuesday. “Questions? Nobody stood out good or bad. Not running around in underwear.”
Under Strong, the media was allowed to watch the first two to three practices in full. Today, media was only allowed to view and photograph around 45 minutes of mostly stretching and position drills at practice. Here’s what I saw.
We’ll use my rough draft Top 21 (for some reason Fuddy went with 21 — probably his attempt to blue ribbon more players into the Top 10 or 15) as a gauge to see where the state’s best are leaning at this point.
Of note, this is more based on my gut feeling and some rumblings than what players themselves are actually saying publicly.
Tom Herman’s first football practices as head coach of the Texas Longhorns will be telling on multiple fronts. It will tell Herman who some of his better players are, as he has yet to see them in a football practice. It will tell Herman who will continue to be leaders, as he has only seen them in conditioning drills with logo-less apparel. It will tell him what it is like to coach football at the University of Texas.
There may not be a unit on campus that highlights more of the gap in recruiting and development philosophy between the Strong and Herman regime than the Texas DL.
No, not even QB.
I’ve enjoyed Herman’s press conferences so far, it’s fairly easy to glean what’s going on in the program and in his mind when I watch them (combined with the inside scoops from Eric, Justin, and Joe). There were a few nuggets in there today and in the Scoop that are helping me to update my understanding of where the program’s at and what the main questions they’ll be looking to answer in the spring will be.
Good news for the pure football fans, though, Spring practice begins this week, and then really kicks off the week following Spring break. We’ll write a full Spring preview next week after we have the data points of a couple of shirts and shorts practices stemming from this Tuesday and Thursday.
We also recap a busy Opening Regional in Dallas was Texas targets talking UT, and ones to watch over the spring and summer. We finish with a Hoops Top 5 things to know heading into the basketball offseason. This Inside Scoop delivers.