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.
Texas head coach Tom Herman constantly asks those in his program to go 1-0 in everything they do. Whether it’s an offseason workout, an in-season practice, a test, or a game, 1-0 is a non-negotiable program principle for members of his team. Senior WR Collin Johnson is a believer in 1-0. He’s a Longhorn though and through, just like the rest of the Johnson family. But Collin has his own small spin on 1-0 that he applies to his on field exploits and his off-field ventures.
Texas opened a different portion of practice than the window we usually get. Normally, the media is there for the first, through around fourth periods of practice. Today, Texas and Tom Herman gave us a window into some of the individual drills as well as some of the team work. Period four was the first look we were allowed to see.
When I read practice reports or staff quotes I'm looking for hints that will answer that question. The way the spread offense works is really pretty simple. You space out your players, attack different areas of the field, and then hit opponents where they yield numbers or leverage. Or if you have an elite feature to your offense, you pound them with it repeatedly unless they shut it down.
While practice was not open to the media, Tom Herman was for a short time after day two. He offered his thoughts on some members of the secondary, the right tackle competition, and new recruiting regulations.
We'll continue the series with running backs as Texas looks to find a replacement for D'Onta Foreman's 2000 yards. Texas has talent, albeit largely unproven, and it has bodies, but can anyone assert himself as the lead back while the rest of the depth chart finds its level behind him? That answer is yes, provided Chris Warren stays healthy. That's an 'if' the size Warren himself, as illustrated by an exchange between Scipio and I.
Last week, Ian Boyd told us the Top 10 most important players in Tom Herman's inaugural season. Today, he and I discuss the five guys nobody is talking about but should. From the hardest hitter, most difficult to tackle and hardest worker, here are the Longhorns you need to know about.