With the bulk of the recent NFL Draft being comprised from the Class of 2012, I figured I'd take a look back at the Texas class. The goal isn't to assign blame for the class not living up to its lofty second place ranking, but simply to record my thoughts then versus now.
AUSTIN -- Mansfield defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was the only member of the Longhorns to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft. In the end, Ridgeway was the only Longhorn selected in the draft, going in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts with the 116th overall pick.
The biggest thing out of pro day was that DT Hassan Ridgeway will probably be the only player draft from Texas in 2016. If he was not leaving Texas early with eligibility left, this would be the 2nd time in three years that Texas would have had nobody drafted.
AUSTIN -- When does a botched assignment become an argument for new wrinkle in the playbook? How about when speed-demon Daje Johnson mistakably gets his hands on the ball for a seven-yard gain?
I don't care what anyone says, while the Rice game provided some frustrating moments, it was overall a fun game to attend. DKR was abuzz as Texas went up 21-0 and it pretty much exploded (as much as it can given current circumstances) when John Burt raced 69 yards to open up the 2nd half. We saw some talented players make talented plays, something we haven't seen enough of since 2009.
AUSTIN -- Texas had to show progress and give its fans hope, coach Charlie Strong said earlier this week. The Longhorns’ 42-28 win Saturday against Rice featured RS-freshman Jerrod Heard’s first collegiate start and snapped a horrific 3-game skid. But it begs the question: are we having fun yet?
Everyone has their stress points, and they vary from team to team depending on scheme, personnel, and context. When it comes to game planning against a team like Notre Dame, understanding its stress points and having a strategy to attack them is everything.
We like to keep you insiders prepared for what to expect from the coming seasons and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t speculate to the best of my abilities about what’s coming down the pipe for the Longhorns in the 2015 season.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ll keep it between the lines as we did last week despite swirling rumors that reside on the outlandish side of the fence. El Cohiba Grande has a pretty salty overview of the last week of practice and what to look forward to as we head down the stretch to opening day. While your 401k’s may be languishing, the outlook is bright for the 2015 Longhorns as we go inside the Humidor.
Daje Johnson is maybe one of Longhorn fan’s least favorite topics. Every year he tantalizes with his talent and then amounts to virtually nothing on the football field. Off the field issues, basic academic eligibility not least of them, have played a large role in keeping him off the field. His hybrid skill set that doesn’t allow him to fit into every offense like some cookie-cutter receiver is another concern.