One of the big storylines out of fall camp so far is the move of senior wideout Devin Duvernay from the outside “Z” receiver position to the slot “H” spot that was left vacant when Lil’Jordan Humphrey decided to leave school early for the NFL. Over the last few years, vacancies at the H spot have almost served as a reward position for whichever receiver has the best offseason. Other than the X receiver, who also enjoys closer proximity to the QB, the H is the next closest skill player to the QB and also tends to be matched up on nickels, safeties, and linebackers with divided attention.
It was a gorgeous first day of practice at the Denius practice fields where the 85-degree temperature started out the day, but steadily rose throughout it. There was not a cloud in the sky.
Houston was the perfect job for Tom Herman to take for three reasons. The first was that it allowed him to get back to work in the familiar grounds at Texas, recruiting and developing in a state he already knew well thanks to previous stops at Texas, Sam Houston State, Texas State, and Rice.
Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s veer-and-shoot offense is designed to stretch defenses and hopefully have them blow their assignments in order to create a big play. Against Kansas State, Texas' next opponent, that may not be an easy task.
Six games in to his true freshman campaign, quarterback Shane Buechele’s season has exceeded most basic expectations fans had for a true freshman leading the offense. His play, including going 123 of 193 for 1500 yards and 13 touchdowns, has kept the Longhorns in games their defense has tried to give away.
If you kept your eye on the battle in the trenches that took place in Austin Saturday night, the game’s outcome probably never seemed to be in serious doubt. Texas dominated the Iowa State offensive line, particularly with its pass-rush, while the Cyclone DL was not up to the challenge of standing up to D’Onta Foreman and the UT OL.