In the last decade or so the tight end position has infringed on the domain of wide receivers. Especially in the NFL, it has become a glamour position that prizes athleticism over grunt work. But for Tom Herman's offense, glamour is in the grunt work that helps the offense operate as intended. He'll take any and all modern day mutants at the position, but they must possess the willingness to aid in the running game first and foremost.
One of the main topics for the offense heading into the 2018 season is how much of a difference it will make for the unit to have even average OL play. Replacing the weak spots across the line, having multiple groups of five that can be executed to soundly execute their assignments without costly errors, and plugging in a top talent at LT after unexpectedly having to forego that luxury in 2017 are all changing variables that could provide a tremendous boost. But there’s another factor that’s likely to have a big impact on the 2018 unit and even to effect the quality of the blocking in a major way, that’s the growth at TE.
It's almost that time. We're less than 24 hours from spring football and Texas is still riding high after the Texas Bowl win over Missouri in Houston. We cover what to expect, plus a ton of recruiting as the weather heats up. Notes/quotes from some of UT's top targets in today's Scoop.
LAKE TRAVIS — Garrett Wilson is still getting used to this recruiting thing. The multi-sport junior athlete from Lake Travis high school knew he had elite skills on the hardwood, but it was getting that much-needed self-confidence that he could produce on the gridiron that was lacking before last year.
When Tom Herman was hired by Texas on November 26, 2016, the Longhorns had just six prospects committed as part of its 2017 class; Damion Miller, Sam Ehlinger, Kobe Boyce, Montrell Estell, Josh Thompson, and Ta’Quon Graham were the only high school prospects set to become Longhorns.