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.
Let’s tackle the offense now, because based on the Spring game, most people can.
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.
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.”
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.
Texas’ 7-2 midweek win over Lamar wasn’t much of a surprise despite the recent struggles the Longhorns have suffered.
Vandegrift High School in Austin has one of the top basketball prospects in the nation, 2020 small forward Greg Brown.
After the dust settles from the spring and before the evaluation period where coaches take to the road en masse, I’ll more thoroughly reset the landscape.
For now I’ll offer some quick thoughts. The shorter version is not much has changed since I wrote about the tension between UT-OU-A&M.
Replacing starters along the offensive line is never an easy task, but the addition of Georgia Tech grad transfer Parker Braun to a competition between several players who have seen game action in the trenches has concern levels about the first offensive line lower than other positions.
New offers, first-time visitors, and actual football on the Forty Acres. Big weekend in Austin means a big Inside Scoop.