There's no way around it, losing long-time Longhorn lean Walker Little to Stanford is not good. He represented Herman's best chance at a true headliner to place on the marquee. There are still some very fine supporting actors in play, namely K'Lavon Chaisson and Eno Benjamin, but the new Texas coach's casting department is struggling to sign a big name to its recently greenlit project.
While Major Applewhite is officially taking over Houston for their bowl game (the Las Vegas Bowl), both of Herman's Cougar coordinators be there for this game and Applewhite will be incentivized to make this game count as he seeks to continue the program momentum built up by Tom Herman. If you want to get a final glimpse of what Herman's Houston team looked like and aren't one to dig up old games on YouTube, this is a great opportunity.
What I'm seeing and hearing right now is a staff that has a very clear plan. We're noticing the mad rush to get into the ear of early enrollees, while also seeing contingencies set up for January in the event they are needed. Basically Tom Herman is operating a long cycle on a short clock and doing a pretty good job of managing his limited time, at least so far as I can tell. No other position presents clearer resolution of controlled recruiting chaos than running back.
You probably gathered that if you watched the body language in the press conference and the deference showed to Fenves when asked the larger Who, What, Why questions. Fenves has minimal knowledge of football, but he's a very bright guy with a good understanding of leadership and organizational management. He also consulted a number of advisors - former players, coaches, successful alumni who have been a big part of the football program - to help him understand the landscape so that he could create a proper framework for his decision.
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Junior running back D’Onta Foreman will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft, Foreman told reporters on Wednesday. Foreman, a Doak Walker Award finalist, Heisman candidate and holder of the Texas record for most consecutive games played with over 100 rushing yards leaves Texas after rushing for 2782 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons, including rushing for 2028 yards in 11 games during his junior season.
It's not even December and Texas has its new head coach and much of its staff decided. That is very rare, and very beneficial to the big recruiting push that's about to take place. While that push is happening, the staff will have to get its bearings on the fly, as there is a lot of information to account for and angles to play. Of utmost importance internally is understanding the landscape, identifying the most important targets, familiarity with unique scenarios, and understanding the timing of it all, all while keeping the current commits in the fold.