What the spring game shows us are the bare bones of a team, who’s at the top of the pecking order, what the most basic formations and calls are, and how well the team knows to execute those calls.
Last May we discussed how Texas could “build around the Predator” and feature Malik as a main component to the defense. That all came crashing down when Texas didn’t get effective run defense out of the hybrid middle linebacker (or any other LB on campus) and the area where Malik eventually brought value to the team was not one we foresaw.
Todd Orlando used to be a 4-3 guy in his days back at UCONN. He played LB at Wisconsin himself and his defenses used to be defined like much of the rest of the Midwest or Northeast with an emphasis on sound, physical play and “bend don’t break” strategies.
Spent a good half hour listening to Justin/Ian podcast and enjoyed their respective takes on the first installment of the Herman takeover at UT. They shared several opinions concerning various subjects in recruiting and possible defensive decisions/player positions. It was entertaining and definitely provided food for thought so here I am pitching a few of my own questions/remarks that intrigue my own sweet self.
On Friday, new head strength and conditioning coach for football Yancy McKnight was made available to the media. McKnight, who served with Tom Herman at multiple stops, went in-depth on his process, relationship building, the Oregon controversy, and the pieces he has to mold before spring ball starts.
Last week we discussed the offense, today we'll take a look at the defensive side of the ball. Heading into the 2017 season Texas has only four seniors on defense. Pretty insane, huh? Despite that, Texas will be returning a lot of experience. Gone are the days when we could say this is a young team, despite the dearth of seniors.
Houston was the perfect job for Tom Herman to take for three reasons. The first was that it allowed him to get back to work in the familiar grounds at Texas, recruiting and developing in a state he already knew well thanks to previous stops at Texas, Sam Houston State, Texas State, and Rice.
I am ready to see this Longhorn Football team put back together into units that have a chance to get better with each game they play. With Tom Herman's arrival, it's time to build the puzzle with all these pieces.