Fall camp is wrapping up a lot of the questions and position battles for the 2019 Longhorns. There are a few pieces falling into place that were predictable, such as the offensive orienting to make the senior tandem of Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay the main focus of the passing game. Or Todd Orlando working out how to get B.J. Foster and DeMarvion Overshown on the field by moving Foster to nickel then utilizing the dime package.
This will be the most talented secondary since the glory days of the previous decade but whether or not it's the best depends on how quickly the young safeties and corners adapt to their roles. We'll cover the corners in another post. For now we'll discuss safeties and nickels and dimes since the nickels and dimes cross-train at safety rather than corner.
Texas’ big adjustment on defense in 2018 was somewhat unexpected. The 2017 season was defined by the formation of the “lightning package” and playing with six defensive backs moving around to create the “dirty dime” effect that often clouded both the Texas cornerbacks (bringing them into the run support) and the opposing QB’s reads as they tried to make sense of it all.
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.
We'll start with the team, a team that takes much less projection to predict being good than any in recent years. Of course there are questions that will be better answered in August and beyond, but this group represents the best starting point for Texas football since...