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...
It was a crazy Saturday in college football. The No. 9 Texas Longhorns held onto the win over I-35 rival Baylor. Coach Venable drops his game grades. Positive signs sprinkled with some guys that need progress reports. OFFENSE We knew it was coming. The good news is we hired coach Hand last spring. The bad …
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.
Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.
The last time a Texas head coach brought in a class in his first full recruiting cycle at Texas, a majority of those who made it to campus played in their freshman year. That was the 2015 class with stars like Malik Jefferson, solid contributors like Patrick Vahe and P.J. Locke, and gems like Michael Dickson and Connor Williams. While several members of the 2018 class will be called upon to contribute early, members of the 2015 class are making sure the welcome they provide is warmer than the one they received.
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.
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.