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The practice reports and coming depth chart have really started to clear up the picture on what the Texas offense is going to look like in 2018. The confusing aspect of this team is that with Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey out there running routes, some of the best play-making talent on the team is concentrated at WR. However, the pass protection from the OL is still a question mark and while Sam Ehlinger was effective throwing the ball in 2018 he’s still only a sophomore. Then there’s the preferred philosophy of Tom Herman and the hire of Herb Hand, which all portends a stubborn insistence on bulldozing opponents with the run game.
Not surprisingly, reports eventually came out to say that this offensive line is at their best when running the ball. Then there’s the upside available over the course of the season as a result of having young players at OG (Pat Hudson) and RB (Keontay Ingram) who might see their roles increase down the stretch as their production becomes more consistent. With a chosen identity as a run-first team this squad could enter the season with the chance to be solid immediately and get better by the end of the year.
Also of note, this team’s strongest and most unique attributes are probably their ability to regularly involve the QB in the run game as a between the tackles threat and then their flex TE/hybrid matchup nightmare Lil’Jordan Humphrey in the slot. Between their comfort level as a running team and the Ehlinger-Humphrey tandem, this points to a ball control team that will look to protect possession and grind out teams over the course of games.
To better illustrate that, I decided to make up what a sample, third quarter scoring drive might look for this team. I picked TCU as the hypothetical opponent since they are typically the standard for defense in this conference.