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.
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.
Altering the bodies in defensive line coach Oscar Giles’ position group was one of Tom Herman’s first big undertakings as head coach at Texas. In his first spring, Herman called out the players in Giles’ group for being too big and needing to drop weight.
We're at the midway point in the season for Texas and the Horns stand at 3-3. We've seen progression in spots and regression in others. But there's one element you can't deny; it's Charlie Strong's best start since he arrived on the 40 Acres. I present my 3rd annual Texas Midseason Awards in 2016.
After having a touchdown catch wiped out against Oklahoma State due to replay review, junior Dorian Leonard bobbled then held onto a long throw from freshman Shane Buechele to reach the end zone officially for the second time this season. The 6-foot-4 pass catcher from Longview double checked to be certain he made the catch.
On Monday, Texas had several players available to the media. Today's availability notes talks to the star linebacker concerned with leading, a defensive lineman preaching pressure, a safety talking sound technique and an offensive lineman ready to dominate.
In preparation for Saturday's game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Texas had several leaders available to the team, including one who was available to the media following a weekend arrest, a quarterback trying to take another game in Boone Pickens stadium, and two defensive linemen who keep preaching pressure.