There’s a lot to see in a spring game and loads of context and situations to pick apart and examine since each snap involves 22 different Longhorns we all want to evaluate. Obviously for the first go round on the final scrimmage of spring practice the biggest question is “which QB gives us the best chance to win?”
One of the less discussed themes from the 2015 Texas offseason has been the hiring of DL coach Brick Haley, garnering perhaps even less interest from Longhorn fans than the hire of his former boss John Chavis by Texas A&M. That rivalry doesn’t matter anymore though ;)
Texas’ move to put greater emphasis on spread formations in 2015 carries with it some major ramifications for the offensive line, which will no longer regularly have tight ends and wings to aid them.
Generating explosive plays is an essential task for any offense. As Bill Connelly has demonstrated, the teams that score points are the ones that traverse the field in chunks. While Texas has an eye for ball-control and staying ahead of the chains as an overall strategy for winning, it’s still necessary to get “explosive plays” to make scores happen.
Within a month of Texas’ humiliating defeat to Arkansas, Strong was clearly active making moves to re-shape the future of his UT program. The quarterback the staff had selected in the summer de-committed to follow Harbaugh to Michigan citing changes in the Longhorns offense as a reason he felt Ann Arbor was a better fit.
From 2008 to 2010, Michigan writer John Bacon had a chance to be embedded with Rich Rodriguez as he attempted to replace Lloyd Carr at Michigan and wrote the tragic tale of what followed in his book “Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football.”
Surveying the wreckage. As we examine the last game of Texas’ 2014 regular season we have to start with the absolute mess that was the offensive performance. I’ve been lenient with Watson’s performance this year up to now, understanding both the horrendous conditions he’s faced as well as his often solid strategies for winning games, but this game plan was an absolute wreck.