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31 minutes ago, MikeV73 said:

I was impressed by the lack of offensive holding calls by Shack after his return from injury last season.

Shack looked a lot better after his injury. He wasn't having the same snap issues that had plagued him in 2016 and 2017, and he had a lot fewer holding calls, like you said. Apart from the KSU game where he had 2 really dumb penalties, I was pretty happy with his play in 2018.

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8 hours ago, MikeV73 said:

I was impressed by the lack of offensive holding calls by Shack after his return from injury last season.

I agree.  Toward the end of the year (after his return) Shack played great!  His snaps were even better.  

 

Edit - I subsequently read what ut040713 wrote.... great minds. 

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7 hours ago, utb040713 said:

Shack looked a lot better after his injury. He wasn't having the same snap issues that had plagued him in 2016 and 2017, and he had a lot fewer holding calls, like you said. Apart from the KSU game where he had 2 really dumb penalties, I was pretty happy with his play in 2018.

Coaches seem to love Shack.  I think he plays with a nasty edge that they appreciate.    I always wondered why they left him at center when every snap was an adventure.   But last year he seemed to correct it and play great for the most part (Herb Hand??)

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Breaking down Texas' recruiting class: The Longhorns' best signee, a dark horse, overall grade and more

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 05: Wide receiver Bru McCoy (5) runs the ball during the All-American Bowl on January 05, 2019 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By Trenton Daeschner, Texas Longhorns blogger Contact Trenton Daeschneron Twitter:@TrentDaeschner

With nearly the entire 2019 recruiting class already signed, it was a quiet, uneventful national signing day for Texas coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns on Wednesday morning. Four-star Houston North Forest offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd was the only player to sign with the Longhorns. Texas currently has the No. 3 class in the nation and the No. 1 class in the Big 12, per 247Sports.

Here is a quick breakdown of the Longhorns' class:

Head of the class: Bru McCoy, ATH

Wasn't it obvious? McCoy, a five-star prospect from Santa Ana Mater Dei (Calif.), is the No. 1-ranked athlete in the country, a dynamite playmaker and can play both ways (wide receiver and outside linebacker). His late addition to the class after transferring from USC, only a couple weeks after enrolling early there, certainly drew plenty of buzz, and many are calling him a can't-miss prospect. He could play in 2019 if the NCAA grants him a waiver. Considering his situation, this was one of the biggest recruiting steals in recent history.

 
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Diamond in the rough: Marcus Washington, WR

It's unusual that the Longhorns went into Missouri to recruit a wide receiver, but there's a reason for it: Washington is talented, has a lot of upside and he can go up and get the football. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound four-star prospect is flying under the radar in this class due to the Longhorns adding four other receiver prospects in McCoy, Jordan Whittington, Jake Smith and Kennedy Lewis -- the first three of which have hogged a lot of the attention. But watch out for Washington to make an impact over time.

Immediate-impact player: Jacoby Jones, DE

With all three starters on the defensive line from 2018 -- Charles Omenihu, Breckyn Hager and Chris Nelson -- graduating, and with the experience he already has at the JUCO level (Butler Community College), Jones has a chance to see plenty of playing time early. Jones is the No. 1-ranked JUCO strong-side defensive end in the nation, per 247Sports, and he's yet another JUCO transfer from Kansas for Herman (former linebacker Gary Johnson hailed from Dodge City Community College). Jones will need to add a little more weight but he has a solid frame right now at 6-4, 250 pounds, and he's the most ready to play out of all the defensive line recruits in this class.

Biggest need met: Defensive line, linebacker, offensive line

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Along with Jones, Texas added three other players along the defensive line -- an area that clearly needed some more depth. Elsewhere upfront, the Longhorns also needed some help at linebacker, especially with starters Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler graduating and starter Jeffrey McCulloch having only one more season left. Texas signed four linebackers in this class, including the highly touted De'Gabriel Floyd, the No. 3 inside linebacker in the nation, and JUCO transfer Caleb Johnson. Many of the players the Longhorns signed at defensive line and linebacker should be competing for playing time early. On top of all that, Texas added three more offensive linemen to the class after losing three starters from 2018.

Biggest need not addressed: Running back

Herman made it clear back during his early signing period press conference that running back and offensive line were the two biggest priorities for the Longhorns moving forward. Texas added four-star tackle Isaiah Hookfin two days later and four-star tackle Javonne Shepherd on Wednesday afternoon, giving the class three offensive linemen total. But the class still only has one running back in four-star Derrian Brown, who was recently hospitalized with an undisclosed medical issue. After missing on a pair of five-star backs in Trey Sanders and Noah Cain in December, the Longhorns could have really used another ball-carrier in this class, especially with multiple members of the backfield already departing.

Grade: A

Landing the nation's top two athletes in McCoy and Whittington -- both five-star players -- plus Smith, the Gatorade National Player of the Year, is already noteworthy enough. But the added depth at other key positions, including defensive line, linebacker, the secondary, wide receiver, tight end, a few more bodies on the offensive line and another quarterback, is what also makes this class a near home run. It's Herman's second consecutive top-three recruiting class -- the first time that's happened in program history -- as the Longhorns build on their offseason momentum that started with the Sugar Bowl victory.

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On 2/7/2019 at 7:59 PM, Sirhornsalot said:

Kerstetter played center several times last season, after Shack went down. IMO, he was better than Shack.

 

I thought Rodriguez moved to center and Kerstetter played guard.  

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