Dallas-area trainer Clay Mack has worked with some big names, preparing them for the NFL Combine, pro-day, and in the offseason. Some of his professional clients include the Jets’ Jamal Adams, the Eagles’ Jalen Mills, and the Saints’ Marshon Lattimore. In addition, he works with plenty of high school athletes helping improve their skills, agility, and technique.
Texas forced West Virginia into a season-high four turnovers, including three in the third quarter, but turnovers do not put points on the scoreboard. Texas’ inability to change takeaways into more than seven points and its season-low point total of 20 helped the No. 11 Mountaineers leave Austin with a 24-20 victory.
After having a touchdown catch wiped out against Oklahoma State due to replay review, junior Dorian Leonard bobbled then held onto a long throw from freshman Shane Buechele to reach the end zone officially for the second time this season. The 6-foot-4 pass catcher from Longview double checked to be certain he made the catch.
On Monday, Texas had several players available to the media. Today's availability notes talks to the star linebacker concerned with leading, a defensive lineman preaching pressure, a safety talking sound technique and an offensive lineman ready to dominate.
For most teams in the Big 12 the safety position is one of the most difficult to get right. Modern offenses are designed to get after them with the passing game and then go wild with the running game when they’re forced to back off and play prevent. With the styles of quarters-coverage common across the league, safeties that can cover a lot of range on the back end and stay on top of vertical routes while still offering the ability to come up and have a presence against the run game come at a premium.
Defensive backs in the Big 12 get exposed on a weekly basis. There’s a trial by fire that has to happen for every young DB in this league and while fans often forget, even the best tend to endure some tough times as underclassmen before finding their footing.
On Friday, the conversation to me was, “Rice is a good football team. They’ve gone to three straight bowl games and they put up 52 points last week. Texas might lose to them.” By Saturday night after Texas beat Rice 42 – 28, the conversation was, “It was Rice. They are in Conference USA. They suck. Calm down.”
We like to keep you insiders prepared for what to expect from the coming seasons and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t speculate to the best of my abilities about what’s coming down the pipe for the Longhorns in the 2015 season.
Texas’ win over Tech was expected, and the margin of victory, while considerable, was only mildly encouraging given that the Red Raiders started the game with their 2nd string QB and finished with their 3rd.