Inside the Gameplan: Spring game observations and speculations

Casey Thompsn (Will Gallagher/IT)

Re-watching the spring game I was getting a vague sense of deja vu that I finally sorted out as I reviewed the notes. It was like watching one of those old Red River Shootouts where Bob Stoops and Brent Venables had the Texas playbook and tendencies on lockdown and everyone on the defense looked like all-world athletes as they flew around the field. In this game that was less a result of juxtaposing an athletic and well prepared defense with a startled offensive staff and more the result of a scrimmage setting where the offense was vanilla and didn’t play to their strengths.

Spring Game Thoughts: Defense

Chris Brown, Moro Ojomo, Jordan Whittington (Will Gallagher/IT)

In lieu of Ambien, I watched the Spring game again and wanted to share a few thoughts on players and positions. Injured starters sitting, wind conditions, zero sum games and stripped down playbook disclaimers are all mentioned now in obligatory fashion, which won’t prevent someone in the comments from reminding us all the same.

From the couch to catching, Gauntt speechless following return to team

Turner Gauntt (photo courtesy Texas athletics)

A few weeks ago, redshirt freshman catcher Turner Gauntt wasn’t wondering how he was going to hit a 1-2 pitch from Lamar’s AJ Ozorio-Brace for his first career hit in his first at bat as a Longhorn. He hadn’t picked up a baseball since he found out he wasn’t part of Texas’ final 35-man roster prior to the season. He was just a student living what he called a “very average college life.”

Princely Umanmielen and Var’Keyes Gumms talk UT

Princely Umanmielen (Joe Cook/IT)

The aftermath from the Made In Texas weekend that included a packed Bevo Blvd., a well-attended spring game, and a Ludacris concert is slowly starting to rise up. Priority guys know they are priorities, and you’ll begin to see official visitors head to Austin starting on May 3rd for UT’s first OV weekend.