FRISCO, TX -- During last year's Big 12 Media Days, Texas head coach Tom Herman spoke about changing the culture and establishing a foundation for not only winning, but building championship teams before his first season on the 40 Acres. His savvy, smart demeanor exuded confidence that he was the right man to right the ship known as Texas Football.
Last year's defensive line was led by long-time fan favorite Poona Ford. As you'd expect, the unit took on the workman-like image of the senior leader. He'll be missed as much for his presence in the locker room, gym, and practice field as much as he will be for his steady contributions on Saturday. Losing Poona is the bad news, but there is plenty of reason to believe UT's most consistent unit last year will repeat in the 2018 campaign. Today's Spring Primer, the defensive line.
If the bowl game was a glimpse into next year -- and with almost everyone who played significant snaps returning it can be construed as such -- the win over Missouri could be telling, and I'm only partially referring to the outcome. Details behind Herman and UT Football before and after the Texas Bowl win in the Humidor.
Texas secured a winning season and a double digit bowl win with defense and special teams. So those units will rightfully lead the postmortem charge. The Longhorns held Missouri to only 16 points in the Texas Bowl after the Tigers scored 45 points or more in their last six games. The Longhorn defense never wavered, even after Missouri scored an early 3rd quarter touchdown on a 79 yard bomb so decisive that their QB taunted us by struggling to put on a sports bra. In retrospect, I think he was intimating that he lacked support, which eventually proved true.