The Longhorn defensive line arguably stands to benefit the most from the addition of Chris Ash to the Texas staff. After three years mostly utilizing a three-man, odd front with directives to allow for other defenders to make plays, the Longhorn defense will switch to a four-man front in order to let the D-linemen make plays themselves.
On Monday, 104.9 The Horn interviewed the last four men to hold the title of athletic director at Texas. In their over 35 years of combined experience, DeLoss Dodds, Steve Patterson, and Mike Perrin never faced anything like current athletic director Chris Del Conte faces in 2020.
As the cycle wears on, it’s looking more and more likely these five-star headlines are going to be replaced with three-stars like “That one kid committed to that one school flips to Texas” and “Texas holds off SMU, lands Bryxton Braxton IV.“ The IV is made up because Mom professes to hate trendy names. When asked why Dad’s name is Dan she spills wine on you to change the subject.
The Texas coaching staff remains active on the recruiting trail. The IT Staff lays out the late spring recruiting landscape as priorities get further into their recruiting process, more contingency options arise, and potential transfer additions become apparent in the Portal.
The 2019 Texas schedule was one of the more fortuitous set-ups the Longhorns have had in some time. They only had to leave the state of Texas twice, including the bowl game, and from the beginning were encountering a down Big 12 that lacked many high level passing and receiving combinations. The best receivers, Tylan Wallace and Ceedee Lamb, lacked high level passers and the best passers, Sam Ehlinger and Brock Purdy, lacked either a topline outside receiver or the opportunity to play against Texas.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is set to begin his second season in Morgantown, but 2020 may be his "Year 1" after a 5-7 “Year 0.” Much of the Mountaineers’ 2019 was spent trying to get the most out of transfer quarterback Austin Kendall before making the switch to transfer quarterback Jarret Doege later in the year.