HOUSTON -- In Stan Drayton’s first season as running backs coach for the Longhorns, the leading rusher on the team was freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger. In his second season as RB coach, Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram combined for over 1500 yards, but Ehlinger’s rushing touchdown total alone doubled the combined touchdown total for both Watson and Ingram.
We already talked about the knowns and unknowns for the Texas defense last week and it was an encouraging discussion. Texas had to take on something approximating half of their 2018 offseason defensive rebuild in their bowl practices before taking on Missouri when Holton Hill, Malik Jefferson, and DeShon Elliott were all unavailable. When they proceeded to lay waste to Missouri’s highly rated offense while featuring back-ups, young bucks, and juniors across the lineup that was a pretty good indicator that the 2018 defense was going to end up being just fine.
Hello campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties out there because it's hoooot out there today. It's hot out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach? Nope, it's Austin, Texas and the first day of August practice. While you wonder where @Groundhog Day is we'll set the table: Texas is coming off a season that both disappointed and gave hope for the future.
Appalachian rain couldn't stop Longhorn reign. Texas finally got a break - of Will Grier's finger - in a season that had featured precious few. Grier's middle finger was the best six-Point Break since Patrick Swayze was robbing banks and Johnny Utah wasn't having it. The Texas-West Virginia Postmortem: Offense and Defense.
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Texas entered Saturday’s game at No. 24 West Virginia winless in 2017 against ranked opponents. Stopping WVU quarterback Will Grier was a tough task, but Texas had its own difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in junior Connor Williams, back for the first time since USC. Texas rushed for more than 230 yards behind an invigorated offensive line and held the potent Mountaineer offense in check after WVU quarterback Will Grier’s injury to earn bowl eligibility in a 28-14 win.
When Tom Herman was hired by Texas on November 26, 2016, the Longhorns had just six prospects committed as part of its 2017 class; Damion Miller, Sam Ehlinger, Kobe Boyce, Montrell Estell, Josh Thompson, and Ta’Quon Graham were the only high school prospects set to become Longhorns.