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Inside Texas Inside Scoop – 9/3/18

Let's get straight to the (bullet) points. After going through the full range of emotions, the team is surprisingly calm and confident despite the opening-season loss to Maryland. After Sunday’s video session there's more optimism within the program than you might expect. They found more good than bad, and lots of small fixable things like taking better angles, tackling better, protecting the ball, and less penalties. Generally cleaner play gets them out of Maryland with a win. More on play-calling, injury report, and more in the Scoop.

Five Quick Thoughts: Crab mentality

that was a nightmarish week one outcome. You could scarcely have scripted it to include more horrors designed to induce the worst possible reaction from Texas fans. Maryland came out looking like they'd just come off an immensely productive offseason in which they'd nailed down their new offense while integrating fresh blood on defense. Texas came out sloppy and and lacking the kind of confidence and crisp play most of us expected after their own offseason. Naturally the ending was exactly what Texas fans have feared all offseason.

Hager’s hard work, fit part of 2017 success, 2018 hope: Part II

In senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager’s first four games of the 2017 season, he totaled just three tackles and one sack. Most of his snaps came on special teams or on third down, where his deficiencies in moving backwards off the line of scrimmage could be hidden. As a result, he found a perfect role for Hager, but there was work to be done by the former Westlake defender to succeed in that role.

Year Two of the Tom Herman Era

FRISCO, TX -- During last year's Big 12 Media Days, Texas head coach Tom Herman spoke about changing the culture and establishing a foundation for not only winning, but building championship teams before his first season on the 40 Acres. His savvy, smart demeanor exuded confidence that he was the right man to right the ship known as Texas Football.

Inside the Gameplan: Orlando’s Playground

After Texas’ “gauntlet” stretch where they face TCU, K-State on the road, and then OU in Dallas without a break, comes a much more favorable stretch. They draw Baylor in Austin, a bye week, and then they face Oklahoma State on the road and West Virginia back in Austin. This is the obvious point on the schedule for Texas to rest and recuperate and for Todd Orlando to figure out what his best combinations of players and tactics are for handling Mike Gundy, Dana Holgorsen, and the back half of the schedule.