SCIPIO TEX: Fall Camp is going to shake out a number of position battles, the most important of which will be three starting spots on the Texas offensive line. Both guard spots and right tackle. Additionally, Herb Hand will be looking for his third tackle and third interior OL off of the bench. The Longhorn coaches don't know how it will shake out yet, but are generally optimistic about the end product, which is a source of consternation for some fans who prefer the certainty of a marginal starter to open-ended position battles that may not fully resolve until early September.
By: Scipio Tex Joe Cook covered Todd Orlando's comments at the recent Texas High School Football Coaches Association meeting and they were revealing about how he feels about his defense and how it will be deployed. They are also very useful for assuaging sporadic fits of board paranoia that our starting defense will be a virtual base 4-3 with BJ Foster sitting on the bench and McCulloch, Ossai and Adeoye manned up on slot receivers and running backs.
2020 Longhorn QB commitment Hudson Card had a nice showing at the Elite 11 camp in Frisco, finishing near the top of all performers overall. Granted, Elite 11 is far from real football and a lot of the simulations in shorts are virtually useless in projecting QBs, but there were a few format agnostic traits Card displayed that caught my attention worth bringing to yours.
There are plenty of factors that will prove decisive in whether the Longhorns get it done in 2019, but Longhorn receivers winning against man coverage outside is one of the less explored dimensions. If there's a subtle sabotage of the 2019 season that doesn't involve injury, this is one real possibility. As part of my Thinking Texas Football preview research, I just finished reviewing the Longhorn passing game performance against higher end cornerbacks and then assessed the schedule quality of 2019's slate of outside defenders.
At the end of last season, Texas Tech fired the ever upwardly failing Kliff Kingsbury who immediately went to USC oops the Arizona Cardinals - because what NFL franchise wouldn't covet a college head coach who went 19-35 in Big 12 play? - and hired Utah State's Matt Wells, fresh off of his best season coaching the Aggies to a 10-2 record in his sixth year with the program.