There remains a lot of mystery surrounding the 2016 Texas Longhorns football team. Fans still are not entirely sure what they will see on Sunday when offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense steps on the field for the first time. Not only do they not know what the offense will really look like, but also who will take the first snaps at quarterback. Everybody in the program has been quiet on the subject.
After having a year to reflect on a five touchdown loss to Notre Dame, two leaders on the Texas Longhorns defense are ready for the long-awaited rematch against the Irish. With so many younger players likely to play, both senior safety Dylan Haines and sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson know they have to provide leadership in order to bring their team down to earth. Both players are confident in their ability to do just that and in their team’s ability to play.
Sunday's season opener against the Fighting Irish is one of the highlights of what is expected to be a great opening weekend of college football, and the visitor list reflects that. Some of Texas' top targets are expected to be in attendance. Our list will be updated as we find out more.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong faced a lot of familiar questions in his media availability on Saturday. Camp story lines surrounding Texas football include the quarterback position, freshmen who have good chances to earn immediate playing time and ping pong. While one of these is an off the field story, Strong’s responses to the on-field matters included secrecy surrounding his quarterback decision, notable players at various positions and other general camp updates.
After a week’s worth of practice, there still remains plenty of uncertainty for Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his team. Strong has yet to name a starter at quarterback in preparation for his Sept. 4 opener against Notre Dame, and now must deal with new injuries to some of his players, including at center, receiver and running back. While injuries are out of the team’s control, effort is not, and Strong had nothing but good things to say about his squad’s effort so far.
Texas had four players available to the media after practice on Aug. 10. The media was able to speak with the team's star wide out John Burt, starting defensive end Naashon Hughes, experienced veteran defensive back Kevin Vaccaro, and returning sixth year player Sheroid Evans.
As the Texas remodel under Charlie Strong became more evident as a complete rebuild rather than cosmetic renovation, many grew frustrated with the process. Scipio wrote using these metaphors before and they're still apt, though we're finally seeing some drywall and flooring over the studs and joists.
The play of Texas’ linebackers over the last year, especially in Strong’s 3-3-5 packages, is probably the most frustrating and also the most poorly understood aspect of the entire team. The fact that Malik Jefferson had to play as large a role as he did in 2015 as a true freshman spoke to how devastated the position was by the graduation of Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond.