Running backs receive handoffs and wide receivers catch passes. Quarterbacks touch the ball on almost every play and are integral to the successes or failures of an offense, but only the center touches the ball every single offensive snap.
Replacing starters along the offensive line is never an easy task, but the addition of Georgia Tech grad transfer Parker Braun to a competition between several players who have seen game action in the trenches has concern levels about the first offensive line lower than other positions.
Since the Texas Tech loss, the UT staff has been busy hitting the recruiting trail and preparing the team for the Texas Bowl. Herman has been busy evaluating the program and also re-interviewing his entire staff. It's not unusual for a head coach to do performance reviews, but that's normally after the season, not in mid-December. The timing is peculiar given all Texas has on its plate, including trying to gather as many signatures as it can before NSD1.
So far this cycle, Texas has loaded up with some of the best skill players in the country. Today, they added the state's top lineman to the fold. Frisco Wakeland's 4-star OL Rafiti Ghirmai verbally pledged to Texas today. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder is the versatile type interior lineman who can play both guard and tackle. He chose UT over LSU, Alabama, UCLA, and Florida.
With over 50 prospects on hand for Saturday's Orange-White game, the feedback was good as the attendance was surprising. And that's one of the reasons for these scrimmages; to have fun, generate excitement in the program, and wrap up Spring ball in a positive manner. Mission accomplished.