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5 burning questions heading into Texas' offseason, including Lil'Jordan Humphrey's NFL decision

 

Here are five burning questions for Texas coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns heading into the offseason:

1. Can Texas sustain this success?

The Longhorns made a statement win on Tuesday night in New Orleans with their dominating 28-21 victory over No. 5 Georgia. Texas claimed its first 10-win season since 2009, and sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger boldly proclaimed afterward, "We're back!" 

The question now: can Texas keep the momentum going for next year and beyond? Ehlinger still has two years of eligibility left, and Tom Herman has stocked the program with a bunch of talent in recruiting. Now the Longhorns have to capitalize in order to fully solidify themselves among the nation's contenders again.

 
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2. Who will leave early for the NFL Draft?

It's decision time for junior wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey. Texas' leading receiver had a monster year and is destined to be an NFL Draft pick if he decides to bolt early, but Humphrey has said he would wait until after the season to make a decision and was still evaluating. 

Fellow junior receiver Collin Johnson has already announced he's returning for his senior year. But getting Humphrey to return as well would be a monumental boost for Texas. Also, junior safety Brandon Jones could decide to leave early and he has yet to make a decision.

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3. How will Longhorns fill the holes on defense?

For the second straight year, Texas will lose a bunch of key difference makers on the defensive side of the ball, which will include seven -- and potentially eight -- starters pending Jones' decision. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando already knows he has to replace the entire starting defensive line, a couple linebackers and both corners. 

The positive news is there is plenty of young talent waiting behind. Players like Ta'Quon Graham, Joseph Ossai, Ayodele Adeoye, Anthony Cook and B.J. Foster, just to name a few, could be difference makers next season, along with another year of starters Caden Sterns and Jeffrey McCulloch and experienced backups Malcolm Roach and Josh Thompson.

4. How will Texas' backfield shake out?

The Longhorns made big strides in the running game this year with an improved offensive line, the addition of Cal graduate transfer Tre Watson and the breakout of freshman Keaontay Ingram. But next season, Texas is losing Watson, sophomore Toneil Carter (transferring) and potentially Kyle Porter (could transfer). Texas signed four-star Derrian Brown out of Buford, Ga., during the early signing period, but Herman would like to have another running back signed for the class come National Signing Day in February. Still, this position will have to be Ingram's to own next season, and Daniel Young will also need to improve.

5. What will happen with Texas' QB depth?

Freshman backups Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson each recently entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal, suggesting the two could possibly be looking to find a new place to play after not seeing any game action in 2018. Herman has already expressed he wants both to stay, but who knows if they will. Texas is obviously set at quarterback the next two years with Ehlinger, but the depth behind him is now a little uncertain heading into the offseason. 

The Longhorns could have as many as five scholarship quarterbacks next season or they could have as little as only two or three depending on if Rising and/or Thompson leaves. Shane Buechele could also grad transfer if he wants, but there's been no indication that could happen. Texas did sign four-star Port Neches-Groves product Roschon Johnson in the early period. Whatever happens, it will be important for Herman to keep the depth in the quarterback room in tact for the program's future.

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/texaslonghorns/2019/01/03/5-burning-questions-heading-offseason-texas

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Good stuff Daniel. Thanks for the coverage. 

 

And after reading a lot of in-game commentary on ESPN and the game announcers, I couldn’t be happier about syncing up Craig Way audio with the TV video. Put the talking heads on Mute and had an enjoyable evening. 

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41 minutes ago, joeywa said:

Good stuff Daniel. Thanks for the coverage. 

 

And after reading a lot of in-game commentary on ESPN and the game announcers, I couldn’t be happier about syncing up Craig Way audio with the TV video. Put the talking heads on Mute and had an enjoyable evening. 

The coverage could/should be a thread all its own. SEC homers, all of them. Just continually gloating about them, even toward the end.

During the ESPN post-game though, they gave UT a ton of credit, noted the domination, though it was a different set of talking heads.

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10 hours ago, Sirhornsalot said:

The coverage could/should be a thread all its own. SEC homers, all of them. Just continually gloating about them, even toward the end.

During the ESPN post-game though, they gave UT a ton of credit, noted the domination, though it was a different set of talking heads.

Check this out from Bill Bender of The Sporting News where he talks about how the SEC was one of the big winners from the bowl season. 

Winner: 'SEC! SEC!'

The conference had a 6-5 bowl record but performed well in the big games — mostly. It’s easy to sweep away the four non-New Year's Day Six losses (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri) when you see the weight of the victories. Alabama can win the national championship. LSU and Florida won New Year’s Day Six bowls. Auburn and Kentucky joined the Gators with wins against Big Ten teams, and Texas A&M destroyed N.C. State. It's still the deepest conference in the Power 5. Don't worry: We'll talk about the conference's biggest disappointment next.

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20 minutes ago, North Texas Golfer said:

Check this out from Bill Bender of The Sporting News where he talks about how the SEC was one of the big winners from the bowl season. 

Winner: 'SEC! SEC!'

The conference had a 6-5 bowl record but performed well in the big games — mostly. It’s easy to sweep away the four non-New Year's Day Six losses (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri) when you see the weight of the victories. Alabama can win the national championship. LSU and Florida won New Year’s Day Six bowls. Auburn and Kentucky joined the Gators with wins against Big Ten teams, and Texas A&M destroyed N.C. State. It's still the deepest conference in the Power 5. Don't worry: We'll talk about the conference's biggest disappointment next.

We could really use an "Oh, barf" emoji here. 

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2 hours ago, drgilbert said:

 

Love it, awesome stuff right here!

Houston, we have us a head coach!

Todd Orlando standing there looking like he was ready to suit up and hit somebody. Kept thinking he was going bust out with the old "Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play".

 

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College football's 10 most-hyped teams for 2019

TEXAS LONGHORNS

 

Tom Herman coaching (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)

2018 record: 10-4

Why hype is high: You better get on the Texas wave before it's too late. Maybe it is. The Longhorns carry a boatload of momentum into Tom Herman's third season in 2019, ready to take the next step toward a potential College Football Playoff berth as a Big 12 titan alongside Oklahoma. Sam Ehlinger's leadership and playmaking ability gives Texas a headliner at the most important position on the field, something the program hasn't had since Colt McCoy. Texas has already heard from wideout Colin Johnson and big-time pass-catcher Lil'Jordan Humphrey is expected back as well. And we haven't even mentioned the guys the Longhorns have coming back on Todd Orlando's side of the ball, including pass rusher Malcolm Roach and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Caden Sterns in the secondary.

 

https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/Texas-Longhorns-Alabama-Clemson-Ohio-State-Oregon-college-football-hype-2019-127403521/#127403521_1

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Winners and Losers From the 2018–19 Bowl Season

 

WINNERS

The Big 12

The conference’s 4–3 bowl record wasn’t anything particularly special on paper, but the way its two signature programs fared was impressive. After falling behind 28–0 to Alabama, Oklahoma outscored the Tide 34–17 the rest of the way to keep the final score line (45–34) more than respectable. The biggest win for the conference—and arguably the most statement-ey victory of the entire bowl season—came courtesy of Texas, which beat Georgia 28–21. That the second-place Big 12 team beat the second-place SEC team, a Georgia squad that many thought deserved Oklahoma’s playoff spot, will quiet some Big 12 hate. Oklahoma State and Baylor also fared well against SEC opponents, beating Missouri and Vanderbilt after entering as underdogs.

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