Texas’ offseason following the 2019 campaign included sweeping changes to the coaching staff, but Longhorns head coach Tom Herman announced several alterations in roles for his players who are just over a month away from spring practices.
For most of the offseason, the main question surrounding the Texas Longhorns was if they were indeed back as junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger exclaimed following the Sugar Bowl. Heading into a season-opening match up against Louisiana Tech, Texas is working to answer two questions without clear solutions; who is healthy enough to play running back and who can serve as a reliable backup offensive lineman?
HOUSTON -- In Stan Drayton’s first season as running backs coach for the Longhorns, the leading rusher on the team was freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger. In his second season as RB coach, Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram combined for over 1500 yards, but Ehlinger’s rushing touchdown total alone doubled the combined touchdown total for both Watson and Ingram.
The 2019 Texas Longhorn offense is likely to be historically unique. The 2018 offense was fairly unique in its own right, they essentially ran a 21 personnel spread a year ago with Andrew Beck serving as a part-time fullback and occasional flex tight end while Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a nearly full-time flex tight end. Those two players defined the offense with their hybrid utilizations.
Building out an elite offense is often a pretty misunderstood exercise. On defense you don’t really get to pick where the ball is going save for by having truly transcendent defenders that the offense has to avoid or else by dedicating numbers and leverage to take something away. The offense can take a good deal more initiative in determining where the focal point of a given play will be.
On the eve of Christmas, we begin to settle in with family and friends on this wonderful holiday. Let's wrap up the Texas HS State Championships - one for the ages - with notes and quotes from players headed to Austin or on the Texas Big Board for 2020 and 2021. Get some Scoop in your stocking.
Can you feel it? NSD is almost here. The anxiousness is nauseating and intoxicating in the same breath. If you’re a coach at a college football program, multiply that by 10. The actual prospect will often experience a level of stress, but a lot of that can be by their own actions and decisions. Notes/quotes from Texas targets and commits, what Eric and Justin think they think, and Jordan Whittington, in his own words inside the Scoop.