Texas’ spring practice is officially over with the conclusion of the Orange-White game. Now, Texas fans will have to wait until September for the next action at DKR, but here are some observations from Saturday’s scrimmage with an eye to the big picture coming later.
Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando addressed questions Tuesday surrounding the defense this spring including utilizing depth to replace injuries, finding eight new starters, and marking new leadership candidates. Orlando addressed all these uncertainties in a press conferences Tuesday, but his comments about the offense he sees every practice were the real attention getters.
David Pierce has been here before. His 2019 Texas team has reached a point his 2017 and 2018 Texas teams reached in their journeys. Texas is about halfway through its regular season, has a respectable ranking and record, and remains in the race for a conference championship.
I’m going to start out with an assertion I’ve made several times over the course of the 2019 baseball season. Texas reaching Omaha in 2018 was well ahead of schedule, at least by one year. See, David Pierce’s first season looked about how I expected it to go.
The NIT isn’t where Texas wants to be. Playing in the other postseason tournament is not a positive step in the program’s direction. Winning the NIT would be a small positive as it would require a five-game winning streak, but it’s not the achievement the program or the fans want.