It's game day, y'all. After one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory, there will be football tonight at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium when the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame invade the 40 Acres to take on the young and hungry Longhorns of UT.
Texas coach Charlie Strong enters Year 3 with big expectations. But you wouldn't know it talking to him. The Inside Texas Magazine 2016 Football Preview dives into the team, position by position, talks team leaders like Malik Jefferson, Nahlin drops his Stream of Consci__sness, Boyd looks closely at the UT schedule, and Wells goes in-depth on the Making of a Quarterback; Sam Ehlinger.
There remains a lot of mystery surrounding the 2016 Texas Longhorns football team. Fans still are not entirely sure what they will see on Sunday when offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense steps on the field for the first time. Not only do they not know what the offense will really look like, but also who will take the first snaps at quarterback. Everybody in the program has been quiet on the subject.
After having a year to reflect on a five touchdown loss to Notre Dame, two leaders on the Texas Longhorns defense are ready for the long-awaited rematch against the Irish. With so many younger players likely to play, both senior safety Dylan Haines and sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson know they have to provide leadership in order to bring their team down to earth. Both players are confident in their ability to do just that and in their team’s ability to play.
Sunday's season opener against the Fighting Irish is one of the highlights of what is expected to be a great opening weekend of college football, and the visitor list reflects that. Some of Texas' top targets are expected to be in attendance. Our list will be updated as we find out more.
Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson and QB/WR Jerrod Heard lived with pressure even before they stepped on the University of Texas campus. After dealing with the pressures of being a highly touted recruit during his freshman campaign, Jefferson now has to deal with new expectations in his sophomore season. While those are different, he is ready to take it on with the help of veteran teammates.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong faced a lot of familiar questions in his media availability on Saturday. Camp story lines surrounding Texas football include the quarterback position, freshmen who have good chances to earn immediate playing time and ping pong. While one of these is an off the field story, Strong’s responses to the on-field matters included secrecy surrounding his quarterback decision, notable players at various positions and other general camp updates.
Four experienced players were available to the media on Tuesday, although each had experience in different ways. Senior Trent Domingue has a few seasons of Division 1 experience at LSU, but this is his first at Texas. Senior Dylan Haines has been a mainstay in the defensive backfield, and sophomores Patrick Vahe and Connor Williams are coming off freshman All-America seasons. Each detailed their role, expectations and observations to the media.
After a week’s worth of practice, there still remains plenty of uncertainty for Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his team. Strong has yet to name a starter at quarterback in preparation for his Sept. 4 opener against Notre Dame, and now must deal with new injuries to some of his players, including at center, receiver and running back. While injuries are out of the team’s control, effort is not, and Strong had nothing but good things to say about his squad’s effort so far.