After a tumultuous offseason, we finally got to see the Longhorns take the field on Saturday night. Following the hiring new coordinators on both sides of the ball, Texas received what proved to be a fairly extensive makeover and finally gave the reveal to their fans.
Plenty of offseason attention on the Longhorns went to fourth-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger, fourth-year offensive linemen Sam Cosmi and Derek Kerstetter, and fourth-year head coach Tom Herman. Saturday night’s 59-3 win for the Longhorns over UTEP wasn’t just a time for established veterans to show off. Several members of the program took the opportunity to make strong impressions on Campbell-Williams Field.
A peculiarity surrounding every new assistant coaching hire is figuring out their locations on game day. Texas took away some intrigue when the game notes for Saturday’s game with UTEP listed where Texas’ 10 assistants would be during the 2020 season.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger said Tuesday his mission at the University of Texas is to leave the football program better than the condition it was in when he arrived. After three seasons including one with 10 wins, it’s hard to think he hasn’t done that.
It didn’t take long for some of the top in-state and national prospects to head to social media and reach out to Quinn Ewers, the newest pledge for the Texas 2022 class. As the No. 1 prospect in the nation, his decision carries weight with many in his class.
The early reports from voluntary 7-on-7 portions of practice at Texas included the news that the offense is mixing in more reps with four receivers on the field, or 10 personnel. That has potentially big ramifications for the season, perhaps the biggest being an indication that new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has freedom to package the offense as he prefers.
One of the fascinating tidbits from the last Scoop team update was the fact that Texas is working in 10 personnel (one running back, zero tight ends, four receivers) pretty heavily during their 7-on-7 sessions. The reasons for that development are obvious and intuitive. The 2020 Longhorns are loaded with receiving talent.
Tom Herman runs a “bell cow” offense at Texas. That’s a common trait for pro-style offenses of all varieties, including the pro-spread vision guiding the Longhorns. Most people understand the idea of a “bell cow” running back like Ricky Williams or Cedric Benson that get 250+ touches over the course of a season, but that kind of back is fairly rare these days.