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Welcome.  If Texas was to pull off an upset, what would be the reason from the Notre Dame side of it. What do you see as the weakness of your team that Texas might exploit?

 

Don't worry we won't tell Charlie Strong. ;)

 

Ill add my $0.02 but just know up front that i'm not actually someone who knows all that much--I just like to read a lot of articles and watch the press conferences online. 

 

I think the other post was spot on. In addition to the relative youth and inexperience of our qb, word is that he tends to miss high over the middle--so coach is either going to call plays to the sidelines or we're going to get picked off at some point. Depth at qb is a concern but hopefully that won't come up during the first game. 

 

The no huddle/hurry up you guys are running is a concern. Last year we had fits trying to defend that, but we didnt really see a lot of it until second half of the season when our leaders on defense were out. We've got a lot more experience now and defending hurry up has been a focus of camp (again this is secondhand info that i read somewhere). We're an aggressive D, but i understand you have a very athletic and mobile qb. It will be interesting to see if we get caught over-pursuing or otherwise out of position. That said our linebackers (esp. Jaylon Smith) can move around and make up for that sort of mistake to at least limit the big gouge. 

 

Another big question this year is how can we generate a pass rush. We don't really have a specialist here. To create this, our D-coordinator VanGorder likes to show a lot of different looks and blitzes, which might confuse a younger Texas QB into forcing the ball and our linebackers and dbs will pick it off if they half half a chance. 

 

I'll probably regret saying this, but i'm not too concerned with depth issues. Especially for game 1. Nothing can compare to last year's suspensions/injuries of key players. 

 

I'm predicting that Texas comes out and hits us with a few big plays in the first half, but ultimately our defense will find its rhythm or get a big play of its own. In theory our offensive line should be able to have its way, so you'll probably see some long drives from ND. BK has in the past used this sort of grinding drive to drain the clock and keep the ball out of an opponent's hand (esp. an uptempo team). As long as we can eliminate drops and turnovers (has been a big problem for us for the last i dunno forever) we should be able to keep the pressure on.

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Gosselin: Charlie Strong seeks more than just wins from his Texas quarterback

 

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AUSTIN -- Charlie Strong certainly knows what he wants in a quarterback.

In his college coaching career, Strong has been around two quarterbacks who won national titles -- Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. He’s been around three Heisman Trophy winners (Danny Wuerffel, Tebow and Cam Newton) and three first­-round NFL draft picks (Newton, Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater). He’s also been around a quarterback who holds the Notre Dame record for career victories (Ron Powlus) and Florida’s all­-time leading passer (Leak).

“I’ve been very fortunate because at the places I’ve coached we’ve always had a quarterback,†said Strong. Then he paused, “I’m trying to think when we didn’t.â€

Welcome to Texas, Charlie.

Strong arrived in quarterback purgatory in 2014. Since the back­-to­-back eras of Vince Young and Colt McCoy, the Longhorns have played football in quicksand at the quarterback position. The one five­-star quarterback the Longhorns recruited, Garrett Gilbert, washed out.

Texas didn’t make an offer to Andrew Luck, then mis-evaluated Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, projecting them both as defensive backs. Both chose to stay at quarterback and wound up winning Heisman Trophies at in­-state schools. Luck became the first overall pick of an NFL draft at Stanford.

When Strong arrived on campus, he inherited quarterbacks David Ash and Tyrone Swoopes and also honored a Mack Brown scholarship commitment to Jerrod Heard.

But Texas lost Ash in the 2014 season opener, forcing the Longhorns to go with the inexperienced sophomore Swoopes. The college game is all about the quarterback position. and Swoopes struggled as the Longhorns finished 88th in the NCAA in passing. Strong kept a redshirt on Heard as Texas plodded home with a 6­-7 record, only the second losing season in the last 17 years.

As Strong prepares for his second season, he again has Swoopes and Heard atop his depth chart. But he needs someone who can win more than just games.

“At that position you have to win the team,†Strong said. “All those quarterbacks (Wuerffel, Leak, Tebow, etc.) -- they won the team. When you win the team, their confidence in you grows knowing that you can go make the plays that will win a game. You have to have that type of guy at that position.

“He’s got to have a special attitude about himself. Not so much you’re cocky but confident. You know that, `Hey, everyone’s counting on me. Now I’m the one who has to make sure we can make the drives and I can make the plays.’â€

That’s what makes a quarterback special. Bobby Layne had it at Texas and in the NFL. So did Young and McCoy. That’s what Strong needs from Swoopes this fall.

“I was just having this conversation with Tyrone the other day,†Strong said. “I told him, `You have to carry yourself in a different way. You don’t always have to agree with what your teammates say, but they have to look at you differently, knowing that this is a guy we can always count on.’

“Tebow...you knew you could count on Tebow. Teddy...those guys at Louisville knew what they had a quarterback. It didn’t matter where we were or how many points we were down. Teddy was going to put it together for us, we were going to drive the ball and score. Danny Wuerffel the same way. Cam Newton, watching him at Florida, then go watch him lead Auburn to a national championship... There has to be something special about you.â€

There was nothing special about Swoopes or the Longhorns last season. They played three teams that finished the season ranked in the Top 10 -- No. 3 TCU, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 UCLA -- and were outscored 96­-34 in a trio of losses. Swoopes threw twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdowns (three) in those games. Strong believes it was a learning experience, a growing experience for Swoopes.

“He needs to play with more confidence,†Strong said. “Make sure he pulls the team with him, that he draws the team and they feel comfortable with him. I told him the only way that’s going to happen, because of what happened last season, is when you go win a big game for them. When you win a big game for them, you’ll win them over. But you have to go win that big game.â€

Heard brought “special†with him to Austin. He won back­-to­-back state titles at Denton Guyer before his redshirt season. He just hasn’t brought it to the field yet.

“Heard carries himself differently than Swoopes,†Strong said. “He has that bounce to him. He’s a very confident young man and is always filled with enthusiasm. He’s a winner. He’s won state championships. When he takes the field, he’s a guy that says, `We’ll go score.’ But he’s still learning the game. When he does, he’ll have a chance to be pretty special.â€

There will be plenty of big games on the 2015 schedule, starting with the opener at Notre Dame. Then TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor line up like dominoes.

All Strong needs now is a quarterback who can go win them.

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/columnists/rick-gosselin/20150818-gosselin-charlie-strong-seeks-more-than-just-wins-from-his-texas-quarterback.ece

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SI says this is a certain loss. I still want to play the game anyway. :)

 

 

 

Texas at Notre Dame (Sept. 5)

This is almost a certain loss for Texas, a team in desperate need of a quarterback, considering Notre Dame returns 17 starters and should compete for a playoff spot. But if second-year coach Charlie Strong can get his guys to play tough on the road, it could go a long way toward reconciling a disenchanted fan base

 

http://www.si.com/college-football/2015/08/17/2015-big-12-football-preview-baylor-bear-tcu-horned-frogs

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Totally agree..It adds to game day anticipation.

 

also, I commend the Irish fans for their insight and keeping it Classy

 

 

Love seeing a few Notre Dame fans on the board. I wish we'd get more opponent fans visiting the board for those weeks. 

 

After a long offseason I think we're all a little bored talking to the same people over and over again. Good to mix it up this way. Plus I like UT, as do a lot of ND fans. You beat U$C in 2005/2006. 

 

In the spirit of that, let's turn yesterday's question around. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your team? What does UT need to do to pull out a win? 

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After a long offseason I think we're all a little bored talking to the same people over and over again. Good to mix it up this way. Plus I like UT, as do a lot of ND fans. You beat U$C in 2005/2006. 

 

In the spirit of that, let's turn yesterday's question around. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your team? What does UT need to do to pull out a win? 

UT needs to run the ball and prevent ND from doing so. Take the pressure off of UT's passing game and put it on the Irish's.

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After a long offseason I think we're all a little bored talking to the same people over and over again. Good to mix it up this way. Plus I like UT, as do a lot of ND fans. You beat U$C in 2005/2006. 

 

In the spirit of that, let's turn yesterday's question around. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your team? What does UT need to do to pull out a win? 

 

There are many members that will be able to provide a much greater knowledge base than I. 

 

To be honest, we're experiencing a fairly drastic youth movement. Odds are, you'll see anywhere from 5-10 freshman (RS or True) on the field in non-special team roles. The huge question mark at this point is the Quarterback situation. I'm guessing we'll see both Swoopes and Heard take snaps in the game. Swoopes showed flashes of competency last year but there is a reason why so many Texas fans are pleading for Heard. Swoopes has the potential to be a good game manager but not much more. He's terribly inconsistent and he makes a lot of mistakes in crucial moments.

 

On the plus side, this is Wickline's 2nd season working with the Offensive Line and handling all of our play calling. Most are expecting to see major improvement on the OL. Jonathan Gray and the rest of the backs have the ability to take over the game. Which is precisely what Texas will need. Strong's gameplan going into this one is undoubtedly going to be managing the gameclock and pounding the ball down the Irish's throat. 

 

If Notre Dame gets up by 14 in this one at any point, I don't like our chances. 

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Another pretty big loss for ND. Shaun Crawford is out for the year. Only a FR but was seeing a bunch of first team reps at nickel.

 

Yeah. if i'm not incorrect, he was taking reps from 5th year player Matthias Farley and Farley was being slid around. Looks like Farley's back at nickel now. He's an experienced leader of the defense who has been playing since 2012. So it's not as huge of a hit as it could be but nobody likes this sort of thing. 

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Let's hope that it is a perfect storm game for Charlie Strong and the young Texas Longhorns... everything coming together and an epic upset of the Irish. 

 

It could happen...

 

if it does, I have already told my oldest son he will help me drag our den sofa out to the back yard, set it on FIRE and then hoot and holler like we have lost our minds!!!

 

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For Charlie Strong, Year 2 at Texas has familiar blueprint

 

 

AUSTIN, Texas -- Wasn’t fixing Texas supposed to be easier than this?

One year in, Charlie Strong can confess he’s facing challenges a bit grander than he first anticipated.

"I thought when I walked in, I was just going to push a button and it was just going to go," Strong said.

That might read a little facetious, but there is sincerity in what Strong is saying. His first year at Texas felt at times like a winding roller coaster. It’s no wonder he chuckles with admiration whenever he mentions that Mack Brown endured 16 years of this.

What Year 2 holds for Strong and his Longhorns should be a bit more familiar. Consider the blueprint he brought with him from Louisville.

The disciplinary phase of his takeover is essentially complete. The uncooperative or undeserving are gone. The expectations are clear. Now he’s working to build a foundation.

And it’s clear the youth movement is on at Texas. A team with just one preseason All-Big 12 player could have as many as 20 freshmen or red-shirt freshmen crack the two-deep. Four true freshmen -- linebacker Malik Jefferson, receiver John Burt and linemen Connor Williams and Patrick Vahe -- look like they’ll be starters from Day 1.

That is a sign of Texas' current dearth of star power, but also a reflection of how Strong and his staff intend to regain Big 12 contender status.

"We told the older guys this: If we’re in the middle of camp and you’re basically in a dead heat with a freshman or you’re even, we’re going to play the freshman," linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary said. "You have to be able to be head and shoulders above them to justify to us keeping you in there.

"If you play the freshman, it’s an investment. Now you’re building something for the future."

They know this because they have pulled this off before. The grand plan at Louisville in Year 2 wasn’t much different: a total of 13 freshmen ended up starting games for the Cardinals in 2011. That class of newcomers, led by future No. 1 picks Teddy Bridgewater, Calvin Pryor and DeVante Parker, shook up the program and sparked a turnaround.

"They brought an attitude that we want to play now and we want to win now," Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said. "And that spread to the players that had been in the program that hadn’t won for a while. So you’ve got a combination of old and new, different attitude, different enthusiasm and that got the program turned real fast."

Former Louisville center Mario Benavides can recall a distinct change occurring naturally in Strong’s second season at Louisville. He backed off. Players started taking control of their team. The four-year starter suspects Strong needed them to figure that out on their own.

"He always said this: It doesn’t matter if you’re a senior, a junior, a sophomore or a freshman. You can be a leader," Benavides recalled. "You saw more guys taking ownership and you saw him yelling a little less. The goal seemed a lot clearer. The guys seemed a lot more confident."

And the Cardinals started that season 2-4. Because when you play that many freshmen, there’s no easy way to grow them up.

But by November, Louisville was ready for the moment that turned the program around. Strong led his young squad into Morgantown and stunned then-No. 24 West Virginia, a team that would go on to win the Orange Bowl and finish 10-3. That 38-35 game was won when a true freshman scooped up a blocked field goal attempt in the foutrth quarter and scored from 82 yards out.

"It just shows how great we can be," Bridgewater said after the game. "People say we're a young team, we don't have this, we don't have that. We just have coaches. Once you trust your coaches, age doesn't matter."

 

Benavides said that upset, the highest high of a 5-1 finish to the regular season, "got us over the mental hump." Everything began to click. The final record in 2011 (7-6) belied the progress. And then Louisville won 22 of its next 25 games.

Fast forward to Strong’s latest endeavor. He has a Texas team light on proven stars, one in need of an edge. Pundits see a seven-win season for this squad, too.

The head coach isn’t afraid to say he’s still a year away, that the Horns need another class of recruits and another season of growth. That’s the recipe.

The next steps? Find the quarterback. Break in the new kids. Develop the leadership. And if those Louisville years are a sign of what’s to come, get ready for the turning point.

If Strong can push the right buttons with this group, it will happen sooner than they think.

 

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Let's hope that it is a perfect storm game for Charlie Strong and the young Texas Longhorns... everything coming together and an epic upset of the Irish.

 

It could happen...

 

if it does, I have already told my oldest son he will help me drag our den sofa out to the back yard, set it on FIRE and then hoot and holler like we have lost our minds!!!

 

I like yr style Worster.

 

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Let's hope that it is a perfect storm game for Charlie Strong and the young Texas Longhorns... everything coming together and an epic upset of the Irish. 

 

It could happen...

 

if it does, I have already told my oldest son he will help me drag our den sofa out to the back yard, set it on FIRE and then hoot and holler like we have lost our minds!!!

 

 

Wild thing, you make my heart sing!

 

I predicted several weeks ago that we win this game, so I guess I'll just have to drag my ottoman out and burn it.

 

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Let's hope that it is a perfect storm game for Charlie Strong and the young Texas Longhorns... everything coming together and an epic upset of the Irish. 

 

It could happen...

 

if it does, I have already told my oldest son he will help me drag our den sofa out to the back yard, set it on FIRE and then hoot and holler like we have lost our minds!!!

 

Are you a closet Mountaineer fan, Worster?

 

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Are you a closet Mountaineer fan, Worster?

 

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No.

 

J.B., some sacrifices must be made for the betterment of the Horns... I have never burned a sofa before but I am willing to do it to please the Longhorn gods that will demand it after a monumental upset victory in South Binge.

 

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