As you will no doubt hear countless times during the lead-up and broadcast of the big showdown between Texas and LSU next fall, Tom Herman and Dave Aranda have some history together. They were college roommates at California Lutheran and then coordinated their own units across from each other in the Big 10 in 2013 and 2014. Aranda followed his mentor Gary Andersen to Wisconsin from Utah State while Herman was snatched up by Urban Meyer from Iowa State to coordinate Ohio State from 2012-2014
Running back evaluation is pretty tricky. It is for me at least, the driver of the Kyle Porter bandwagon. I believe Dana Holgorsen is about to steer us into a casino for a “pit stop” and that will likely be the end of our journey. The top prospects tend to have outstanding measurables in terms of 40 times or track times, but if you’re playing RB at all you’re probably a great athlete.
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.