Charlie Strong's inaugural Texas campaign undoubtedly proved his wizardry as a defensive mind. He took the same parts that previously comprised a soft and undisciplined defense and made them one of the Big 12's best. Heading into 2015, much of the 2014 defense's key components have been lost to senior attrition, but he was still able to reinforce his reputation in the minds of many during the Spring game, especially when you take into consideration the young, inexperienced, and injured roster.
Spring football is in the bag, let's examine the depth chart in detail. Strong removed a lot of the guesswork by fielding 1st and 2nd teams on Saturday, but we'll see who's pushing who. I'll also use my amazing powers of guess-work to take a stab at the pre-Notre Dame depth chart.
Okay, Saturday's scrimmage was clean and crisp, especially early on. Color me intrigued by much what I saw. Like many have said, the defense played better than expected, but I also saw a lot to like on offense. It's a zero sum game to be sure, but I was oddly pleased with both sides of the ball.
This has easily been the hardest group for me to rank. Someone could rank the guys from 2-6 as being the second best of the group and I wouldn't really have a problem with it. The guy I have at seven is one of the top 2-3 athletes in the group so it feels off to have him ranked so low.
Full disclosure: I love Houston. The city has been more than fair to me; good job prospects in various lines of work, affordable quality living, entertainment, an abundance of bars and restaurants (@redlionpub, imo), my soon-to-be wife, can all be had in Houston. Well, save the wife - find your own.
On the heels of a four-man linebacker class in 2015, Texas could theoretically take another foursome if you count Demarco Boyd as a linebacker (he's an athlete to me). Currently they've offered three in-state linebackers, excluding Boyd. It just so happens those offers are my top three for 2016, and all three are possible Longhorns.
Charlie Strong arrived in Austin with the reputation of being a great defensive coach. Despite the underwhelming record in his inaugural season and more than a handful of lopsided games, he lived up to his billing in year one. It requires some context to understand that, namely the offense was terrible and put much undue strain on a defense that was much better in quarters one, two, and three than in the fourth. The team simply lacked the required depth to not wither late and the offense routinely put it in unfavorable situations. As did special teams.
Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. How tired are you, as a fanbase, of discussing the same position season after season? I try not to write about it much because it's discussed ad nauseam, but yet again it's an important topic heading into spring. We'll discuss it, of course, but it isn't even the most important position grouping on that side of the ball.