Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando addressed questions Tuesday surrounding the defense this spring including utilizing depth to replace injuries, finding eight new starters, and marking new leadership candidates. Orlando addressed all these uncertainties in a press conferences Tuesday, but his comments about the offense he sees every practice were the real attention getters.
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has a nice slogan for the process his teams use to develop their identity for the coming season. He picked it up from his early days at Mount Union under Larry Kehres, who built the Purple Raiders into a program that won 11 DIII national championships over 26 seasons before handing it off to his son Vince who’s gone 84-5 while adding two more championship banners.
AUSTIN, Tx -- On the heels of a 10-win season, culminating in a 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory over SEC power Georgia, the vibe throughout the first week of spring practice has been notably upbeat and very energetic. And perhaps no one embodies that positive strut like junior signal-caller Sam Ehlinger.
Since the arrival of Tom Herman in Austin, there have been many changes around the Texas Football program. New, state-of-the-art facilities, renewed emphasis on Strength & Conditioning and hydration, and embodying a culture of accountability and winning. But one spot has seen significant change; quarterback. Meet Hudson Card.
Spring on offense is pretty similar to defense. You want to find out who “the guys” are and then build around them while carving out the supporting roles in the fall. However, offense is a much more skill intensive unit, so the timelines on various players can be longer. The development of an identity on offense tends to start earlier than on defense, particularly for the 2019 Longhorn offense. Several important foundation pieces are already set such as the team’s QB. Plus, they aren’t replacing nearly as many important cogs as the defense.
Any grading scale applied to football is going to have some degree of subjectivity. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the saying goes, and Inside Texas’ @UTexasfootball has seen a lot of beauty (or ugly) on the gridiron in his esteemed career.
One of the fascinating things about college football is how much a team can change year over year. Strong programs are generally known for something whether it’s a particular type of personnel grouping, concepts, or style of play. However, the way teams attack others and the week-to-week tactics tend to change a lot as the new “senior” class takes over and defines the identity of the team.