The 2018 Preview Magazine is here. It includes a Q&A with Tom Herman from Justin Wells, profiles of Kris Boyd and Patrick Vahe by Mike Blackwell, Joe Cook's summary of Herman's offensive principles, Scipio Tex' analysis on the 2018 Texas defense, Eric Nahlin's position-by-position team preview, and Ian Boyd's look at the schedule.
The most important position group on the field was UT's poorest performing unit for the entirety of the 2017 season. We don't need to re-hash that, especially during the season of revitalization and rejuvenation. We'll leave the disappointments of last season confined to the darkness of winter. Today, it's the Spring Primer: Offensive Line.
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’ve spent a good deal of time discussing Herman’s schemes as well as the various players he’s inheriting and how they can be best deployed in his attack. However, we’ve mostly glossed over the play of the foundational pieces to the 2017 attack. That’d be the offensive line, featuring Connor Williams (23 starts), Patrick Vahe (19 starts), Jake McMillon (five starts), and Zach Shackelford (nine starts).
After struggling to get snaps as an outside receiver during his first three seasons on campus, junior Jake Oliver has found his place as an inside receiver, recording 13 receptions with 129 yards. Oliver, who second all time in Texas in career receptions, had to stay patient to get his opportunity. For him, it was a huge challenge.