In this abbreviated version of Monday’s in the Humidor we’ll deal in football hypotheticals with El Cohiba Grande based on where he thinks the staff is coming from out of Spring ball. We’ll also talk a little bit about the Jai Lucas hire and how important it was to lock up the young coach for recruiting purposes. It’s May, so we’re once again in limbo, inside the Humidor.
The play of Texas’ linebackers over the last year, especially in Strong’s 3-3-5 packages, is probably the most frustrating and also the most poorly understood aspect of the entire team. The fact that Malik Jefferson had to play as large a role as he did in 2015 as a true freshman spoke to how devastated the position was by the graduation of Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’re talking summer conditioning all the time pretty much. We’ve got the insight to who’s doing what in the weight room, the track, and in 7-on-7 voluntary passing workouts. The Big Cigar gives the goods on attrition as well which is good news for a team that was encouraging folks to transfer one short season ago. Finally, we have some information on what it means to be DBU to some newcomers that you won’t want to miss. If you think this team is developing a gigantic chip where their shoulder resides, you’d be right. The program Charlie Strong is building may not be the deepest, but it’s certainly not without confidence which is a trait we value, inside the Humidor.
In this abbreviated edition of Mondays in the Humidor we’ve got tidbits from the first day of summer workouts that included some highlights and lowlights. We’ll try to have semi-daily updates from summer workouts if possible. We’ve also got some tidbits about Texas hoops to break things up. It’s June, and things are starting to heat up (Thank goodness) at least on the sports front.
With official practices ended until August, there isn’t much in the way of hard football news other than some bits and pieces of injury news. Thankfully it’s all good news on that front. We also have our source’s take on Steve Patterson and reports about a significant amount of non-renewals for 2015 season tickets and if there’s any significant concern within the athletic department over what appears to be some apathy setting in with the football program.
Charlie Strong's inaugural Texas campaign undoubtedly proved his wizardry as a defensive mind. He took the same parts that previously comprised a soft and undisciplined defense and made them one of the Big 12's best. Heading into 2015, much of the 2014 defense's key components have been lost to senior attrition, but he was still able to reinforce his reputation in the minds of many during the Spring game, especially when you take into consideration the young, inexperienced, and injured roster.
After holding a scrimmage on Saturday, the Longhorns were back on the field for practice on Monday. Afterwards Charlie Strong spoke to the media about his quarterbacks, offensive progression, and the linebackers. Just another day in Austin.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong talked to the media for the first time since signing a consensus Top 10 class in 2015 today. As Spring practice opens, so do the team's expectations. Lots to discuss including the quarterback position, the offensive line, linebackers, and the injury updates. And what about special teams?
The modern game of football is very different from the one most of us grew up watching and the Big 12 is a very different league from the one that Mack Brown found waiting for him when he took the job over a decade ago.