The real story of the LSU game and potentially this season was Texas' spread passing attack. The Longhorns torched the Tigers from empty formations in a fashion reminiscent of the 2008 or 2009 Longhorns under Colt McCoy. A really good empty passing attack led by a mobile QB that can read defenses and react quickly can be truly nightmarish for opponents.
Last year we tracked Texas' burgeoning run game under Herb Hand with the weekly run game report where I broke down the concepts and results of the Longhorn rushing attack. Although part of me wonders if the emphasis this year might be more on the passing game, we're still bringing it back for another go round.
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?
Texas coach Tom Herman’s words often are very guarded after the first scrimmage of the pre-season. Sunday was no different as he offered some praise and rational explanation behind what he saw in the Longhorns’ closed practice.
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.