Inside Texas' resident offensive line guru @Halas has kindly provided a comprehensive breakdown of Inside Zone, a building block of Tom Herman's offense. @Halas has served as an offensive line coach and coordinator at the highest level of high school football in multiple states, including Texas.
For going on two years now we’ve known Texas had to strike oil on the offensive and defensive lines in the 2021 recruiting class. The materials are championship caliber across the board. There are plenty of edge rushers, offensive tackles, interior O-linemen, and grow 'em D-tackles. A good challenge, and one that Texas fans hope truly materializes, will be to make the pieces fit within class numbers.
Going into 2019 there were varying expectations for the Texas offensive line depending on who you asked. Herb Hand had a pair of stalwarts back in LT Sam Cosmi, coming off a brilliant RS freshman season at RT, and four-year starting center Zach Shackelford. Then Texas added Georgia Tech two-time All-ACC Parker Braun to play LG and build potentially the best tackle/guard tandem of the decade.
Last year we tracked Texas' burgeoning run game under Herb Hand with the weekly run game report where I broke down the concepts and results of the Longhorn rushing attack. Although part of me wonders if the emphasis this year might be more on the passing game, we're still bringing it back for another go round.
SCIPIO TEX: Fall Camp is going to shake out a number of position battles, the most important of which will be three starting spots on the Texas offensive line. Both guard spots and right tackle. Additionally, Herb Hand will be looking for his third tackle and third interior OL off of the bench. The Longhorn coaches don't know how it will shake out yet, but are generally optimistic about the end product, which is a source of consternation for some fans who prefer the certainty of a marginal starter to open-ended position battles that may not fully resolve until early September.
Through the two-pronged attack of selling academics and letting Herb Hand do his thing, Texas did a great job positioning itself with the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder. Landing his youth football quarterback, Jalen Milroe, was enough to put UT over the top.