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After struggling to get snaps as an outside receiver during his first three seasons on campus, junior Jake Oliver has found his place as an inside receiver, recording 13 receptions with 129 yards. Oliver, who second all time in Texas in career receptions, had to stay patient to get his opportunity. For him, it was a huge challenge.
Prior to a game important between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Shootout, emotions in both programs can run high. After all, rivalry games are when programs, coaches, players and fans show their total disdain for the opposite program. Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert knows the emotion associated with the Red River Shootout, but he has never experienced it himself. He’s looking forward to being a part of it.
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.
Texas looks to continue to win on the road in Stillwater when they take on Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Saturday. For Texas, this is a big week. It's the beginning of conference play, the defense can show whether it has improved or not, and the Horns have the chance to avenge their controversial loss from last season. We've got you covered:
In the second round of notes from Monday's availability, we talk to Shane Buechele and discuss road games, Connor Williams and talk leadership, and John Burt and Chris Warren to talk about the conference.
In preparation for Saturday's game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Texas had several leaders available to the team, including one who was available to the media following a weekend arrest, a quarterback trying to take another game in Boone Pickens stadium, and two defensive linemen who keep preaching pressure.
In this week's Inside Texas Inside Scoop, we take a look at team expectations as they head into Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. We talk about a Texas commit just up the road, wide receiver recruiting, and the latest on a Texas running back committed elsewhere. We also get into some roundball recruiting, with Shaka Smart hitting the recruiting trail on the East Coast.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is currently in his third season at Texas. After fielding a defense in 2014 that stopped many of the prolific offenses of the Big 12, Bedford has seen his defense go from strong to porous. Even with a senior in Dylan Haines in his defensive backfield and Paul Boyette, Jr. on his front line, the Texas defense had multiple breakdowns in communication that lead to multiple Golden Bear scores.