The spring of silence

Tom Herman and Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)
Tom Herman and Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

Summer is almost here. The hot temperatures and sunshine isn’t new to Austin since Central Texans already have dealt with triple digit temperatures on multiple days. Strictly going by the calendar, the season doesn’t flip until June 21.

Spring began on March 20 this year. Texas Football spring practice began two days later. Texas progressed through the allotted practices and Orange-White game with no real big team news.

The spring was remarkably quiet.

Injuries, specifically along the offensive line, weren’t positives, but no one on either side of the ball hurt themselves to a point where they would not be ready in time for the first day of camp, let alone the first day of the season.

Senior LB Gary Johnson will be back. Senior DL Chris Nelson will be back.

These were both positive developments that occurred throughout the spring. In fact, seemingly only positive developments came from the spring.

One of the biggest was that no major contributor left the program during the spring. Reggie Hemphill-Mapps left the program in February after he had given the staff indications he would do so. Tom Herman was able to fill that hole prior to NSD2.

Herman also didn’t lose a single signee. All 27 commitments are on campus for summer workouts. None of them, or anyone else will suit up for the Longhorns this fall, got involved in any legal issues.

High school players like to retweet a tweet from “motivational accounts” that say “just because I didn’t post a video of my workout or training doesn’t mean I wasn’t working out or training.”

The same can be said of Herman’s program.

The addition of Calvin Anderson technically was in the winter, 10 days before the start of spring. Only two big pieces of news occurred during the spring, and one, scheduling games with Alabama, has no impact on any of the players currently in the program. The other was the addition of Tre Watson.

Texas’ leading rusher was a quarterback in 2017. There are good options in the running back room that have various levels of potential to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2018. Toneil Carter and Daniel Young have the potential to build on their opening campaigns. Kirk Johnson and Kyle Porter have the potential to come back as strong as they have in years. Tristian Houston has the potential to change from scout team all-star to contributor. Keaontay Ingram has the potential to see the field in his first season.

Tre Watson also has potential coming off of an injury, but he also has something none of the other backs have: multiple seasons with at least 5.0 yards per carry.

That stat may mean something different considering the pass-happy offense Watson played in under former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, but it’s still a resume others on the Texas roster don’t have.

One big piece of team news. It and the other smaller pieces of news, all positive. No arrests. No controversy aside from the seemingly annual internet spat with Texas A&M. No departures. No signees not making it to Texas in an era where it costs the program more than it did previously.

The spring was short on bad news. Summer workouts are in progress. Following an average season (below average at Texas), and an excellent finish to the winter, it would have made sense for some disappointing news to come out.

March. April. May. Now June. Nothing.

Herman has given himself a silent spring. A silent summer would be preferred as well. It’ll make a potential loud fall surprising to those who haven’t been listening.