The Texas defense matched the inconsistent output of the Texas offense. If I’m going to hold that the Texas offense wasn’t quite as good as 63 points on the scoreboard suggests, it’s only fair to point out that the Texas defense wasn’t quite as bad as a series record 56 points allowed implies.
After a tumultuous offseason, we finally got to see the Longhorns take the field on Saturday night. Following the hiring new coordinators on both sides of the ball, Texas received what proved to be a fairly extensive makeover and finally gave the reveal to their fans.
Plenty of offseason attention on the Longhorns went to fourth-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger, fourth-year offensive linemen Sam Cosmi and Derek Kerstetter, and fourth-year head coach Tom Herman. Saturday night’s 59-3 win for the Longhorns over UTEP wasn’t just a time for established veterans to show off. Several members of the program took the opportunity to make strong impressions on Campbell-Williams Field.
A peculiarity surrounding every new assistant coaching hire is figuring out their locations on game day. Texas took away some intrigue when the game notes for Saturday’s game with UTEP listed where Texas’ 10 assistants would be during the 2020 season.
When Texas changed coordinators following the 2019 season, it was clear the defensive overhaul under Chris Ash would require significantly more effort than the offensive change. After all, according to Texas head coach Tom Herman, offensive coordinator was brought to Austin to run the Texas offense, not the Mike Yurcich offense or the Tom Herman offense.
The 2020 season has been circled for Texas since 2018, when Tom Herman signed a top ranked class that included six blue chip defensive backs. As soon as Chris Ash was hired and “4-2-5 press quarters” became the new philosophy for the Texas defense, the cornerbacks from that 2018 class became some of the most crucial players in the building.
Last week we discussed the five must-get recruits for the 2021 class, at least in my view, but even landing those five ballers wouldn’t stamp the class as complete. Landing a number of those five, plus addressing the needs listed below, would stamp the class especially in this singularly ridiculous cycle.