Replacing starters along the offensive line is never an easy task, but the addition of Georgia Tech grad transfer Parker Braun to a competition between several players who have seen game action in the trenches has concern levels about the first offensive line lower than other positions.
The most important position group on the field was UT's poorest performing unit for the entirety of the 2017 season. We don't need to re-hash that, especially during the season of revitalization and rejuvenation. We'll leave the disappointments of last season confined to the darkness of winter. Today, it's the Spring Primer: Offensive Line.
AUSTIN - On a gorgeous sunny day at DKR, the Texas Longhorns held their Student Appreciation Day and first scrimmage of the Spring. While the crowd was small, the enthusiasm was large as people got to see outside of an expanded social media contingent what Tom Herman's been cooking in his laboratory since his arrival in December. There were big plays, potentially important injuries, and big hits. Physicality was in full effect.
For years, many of us wondered where the depth of quality offensive line prospects were. Despite Texas consistently landing its first choices at the position, there just weren't a whole lot of options. Sure, A&M went on a great run of offensive line evaluation and development, but they were about the only ones, save some scatter-shots like Spencer Drango at Baylor and Le'Raven Clark at Texas Tech.
Besides the question of how well Shane Buechele will take to starting as a true freshman and handling one of the brighter spotlights in America, there are a few other key questions that will go a long ways towards shaping the 2016 Texas season.
The Orange-White game is, oh, so close. I relish the opportunity to watch actual football even if the outcome of the “game” means absolutely nothing. I’m going to try and watch all of college football’s televised spring games over the summer months and evaluate the offensive lines. Yes, this would actually be fun for me and because of the wonders of technology (i.e. YouTube) this kind of thing is feasible.
If you don’t know who Zach Shackelford is yet, you will soon. He’s already on campus and practicing with the team, so I’m going to throw out his three-star recruit status. Zach’s not a recruit anymore. Things like national position rankings no longer matter in his world. He’s officially become a college football player six to eight months before other high school signees.