If you heard the theme song to M.A.S.H. during UT's locker room celebration on Saturday night, it wasn't a flashback to the 70s. With the physicality this team plays with, you're going to get banged up. It got to a point in Lubbock where we saw third stringers on the field, like Donovan Duvernay. Here's what we're hearing + recruiting in the Scoop.
We're looking closer at the Texas Defense as they prepare for the high-scoring Red Raiders in Lubbock. Some injury updates and more team info, plus notes/quotes from recruits who visited the 40 Acres this weekend and keep our eye on the cornerback position for 2019's cycle inside the Scoop
We’ve reached the “Todd Orlando’s playground” portion of the 2018 football schedule. The upcoming slate goes at Oklahoma State, West Virginia, at Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Kansas. All of these teams are built from the Air Raid save for Iowa State and they all want to throw the ball down the field first and foremost...
What's the best way to get recruits to watch OU football? Give them tickets to a Texas game. This year is the Sooners' turn to host and there will be a few common targets in attendance. More important than who is at the game is the outcome. The virtuous circle of winning begetting elite recruits begetting winning would get a nice boost if Texas could pull out the win. If this team sticks to its profile of playing 'up' to its competition we should be in for a dandy 24 hours time.
It wasn't pretty, but football in Manhattan, Kansas rarely is. Texas jumped out to a commanding 19-0 lead, then held on down the final stretch for the 19-14 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following UT's win over Kansas State.
For the first time in what honestly feels more like decades than years, Texas can rely on a group of players that are both experienced and physically up for the task of putting together 13 games of solid football.
AUSTIN -- Wednesday brought full pads to the Wright Whitaker Fields, though unfortunately the pads weren’t truly popping until the media was escorted out. Upon arrival, the offensive line was working on one of the more unique drills I’ve seen covering Texas. Each OL had a rep individually bear crawling before rolling, and after that was completed the OL would jump on a simulated fumble from the hands of Herb Hand.
Other than recruiting there isn't a whole lot in the off-season to tide us over other than talking about the team. Because of that, most of you know the current roster about as well as anyone. However, I do find it a worthwhile exercise to reassess each position and player one more time ahead of the season as a way to resharpen our familiarity with each.
In senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager’s first four games of the 2017 season, he totaled just three tackles and one sack. Most of his snaps came on special teams or on third down, where his deficiencies in moving backwards off the line of scrimmage could be hidden. As a result, he found a perfect role for Hager, but there was work to be done by the former Westlake defender to succeed in that role.
Senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager struggled several times to answer questions during his more than 60 minute breakout session at Big 12 Media Days. He is a player known to speak his mind, but in that same mind he also knows what he says has consequences. Past reminders of mentions of Patrick Mahomes and West Virginia moonshine likely remain ingrained in his memory and pop up whenever he has to sit in front of the media.