We're one Saturday from football. 13 days. As the Longhorns are getting closer to Maryland game prep, there are positions and rotations yet to be determined, including naming that elusive starting QB for the battle with Maryland on September 2nd. Some quick hitters from yesterday's final scrimmage, at least from the 1v1 perspective.
After a scrimmage Saturday and a recovery day Sunday, Tom Herman addressed the media and explained what he'd like to see from his team in week two of camp, why Todd Orlando was his choice for defensive coordinator, how the team polices itself and who has progressed after a week of practice.
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.
Coming off of a big victory against Notre Dame, Texas brought some of the biggest offensive contributors to the win to speak to the media on Monday, including a running back who had a big day on the ground, a receiver with a big day of his own and two gunslingers with two entirely different roles.
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.
Texas had four players available to the media after practice on Aug. 10. The media was able to speak with the team's star wide out John Burt, starting defensive end Naashon Hughes, experienced veteran defensive back Kevin Vaccaro, and returning sixth year player Sheroid Evans.
One of the cool things about Big 12 Media days are the team media guides. Tons of information to sort through to help with stories and content throughout the season. I picked a handful of unique tidbits and facts that I thought the Texas faithful would find interesting 45 days away from Notre Dame arriving to DKR.
The blitz has always served as a cheat code for defenses that want to rattle a young QB and fluster him badly enough that he falls apart and can’t even execute simple reads and throws. For Shane Buechele to navigate the 2016 schedule he’s going to need particular skills and a knowledge of how the league likes to blitz and attack in order to keep his head above water when opponents throw complicated looks and pressures at him. His ability to do so much may prove to be one of the major themes of the season.
Remember the 'will Strong allow Gilbert to run his practice' concern brigade? There were some expected miscues but overall the team didn't exactly look like it was operating from only 15 practices in the new offense. I saw comfort from both quarterbacks, few miscommunications, and solid tempo.