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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from J.B. TexasEx in Owl Droppings ahead of Saturday's Game   
    Saturday's game at DKR will mark the 96th meeting between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls, with the Longhorns holding a commanding 73-21-1 all-time advantage against their former Southwest Conference foe.  Despite the road loss to Arkansas in a game in which the Longhorns' vulnerabilities were manifested, expect Rice to have their work cut out for them in their quest for an upset win.  Texas has won the last 14 straight games against the Owls, who haven't beaten the Longhorns since 1994 and haven't won in Austin since 1965.
    GAME NOTES
    The Owls return experience on both sides of the ball this season, with the offense bringing back 9 starters and the defense bringing back 10 (86% of its starters). The Owls are 0-2 to start the 2021 season, losing at Arkansas 38-17 and to Houston 44-7 in the Bayou Bucket The Rice quarterback situation is similar to Texas' in that they will have two quarterbacks ready to play on Saturday.  Nebraska transfer and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey will get the start for Mike Bloomgren's squad but it's likely redshirt sophmore Wiley Green will make an appearance also. They both played in the opener against Arkansas but McCaffrey played exclusively last week against the Cougars but threw three interceptions. While Steve Sarkisian and Mike Bloomgren have never met on the field as head coaches, they are familiar with one another in different roles.  Bloomgren held a series of offensive coaching positions for the Stanford Cardinal, including OC, when Sarkisian was head coach at Washington and subsequently USC.  The Rice offensive identity largely remains the same as it has in years past, The Owls are run-heavy, fullback-utilizing, and aren't afraid of the option.  Bloomgren brought former QB Marques Tuiasosopo on as the new OC this year after former OC Jerry Mack left to take the RB coaching job for the Tennessee Volunteers. Tuiasosopo's job is the infuse the passing game with some life, so expect McCaffrey air it out every now and then. TEXAS INJURY UPDATE:  Sophmore DB Jahdae Barron is out for approximately three weeks with a knee sprain.  WR Troy Omeire will miss Saturday's contest against Rice.  TE Jared Wiley is available and will play on Saturday. Junior Casey Thompson will start for the Longhorns under center against the Owls. Saturday's game will mark the first start for Thompson since his senior year at Newcastle High School in Oklahoma (2017). Hudson Card will play, as indicated by head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday and reiterated again on Thursday. Longhorns' kicker Cameron Dicker has missed two field goals this season and mishandled a punt snap last week against the Razorbacks.  Sarkisian confirmed on Thursday that Dicker's duties on Saturday will include both kicking and punting.   Texas Depth Chart vs. Rice

    Rice Head Coach Mike Bloomgren on Texas:
    Texas Head Coach Steve Sarkisian Talks Rice:
     
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Owl Droppings ahead of Saturday's Game   
    Saturday's game at DKR will mark the 96th meeting between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls, with the Longhorns holding a commanding 73-21-1 all-time advantage against their former Southwest Conference foe.  Despite the road loss to Arkansas in a game in which the Longhorns' vulnerabilities were manifested, expect Rice to have their work cut out for them in their quest for an upset win.  Texas has won the last 14 straight games against the Owls, who haven't beaten the Longhorns since 1994 and haven't won in Austin since 1965.
    GAME NOTES
    The Owls return experience on both sides of the ball this season, with the offense bringing back 9 starters and the defense bringing back 10 (86% of its starters). The Owls are 0-2 to start the 2021 season, losing at Arkansas 38-17 and to Houston 44-7 in the Bayou Bucket The Rice quarterback situation is similar to Texas' in that they will have two quarterbacks ready to play on Saturday.  Nebraska transfer and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey will get the start for Mike Bloomgren's squad but it's likely redshirt sophmore Wiley Green will make an appearance also. They both played in the opener against Arkansas but McCaffrey played exclusively last week against the Cougars but threw three interceptions. While Steve Sarkisian and Mike Bloomgren have never met on the field as head coaches, they are familiar with one another in different roles.  Bloomgren held a series of offensive coaching positions for the Stanford Cardinal, including OC, when Sarkisian was head coach at Washington and subsequently USC.  The Rice offensive identity largely remains the same as it has in years past, The Owls are run-heavy, fullback-utilizing, and aren't afraid of the option.  Bloomgren brought former QB Marques Tuiasosopo on as the new OC this year after former OC Jerry Mack left to take the RB coaching job for the Tennessee Volunteers. Tuiasosopo's job is the infuse the passing game with some life, so expect McCaffrey air it out every now and then. TEXAS INJURY UPDATE:  Sophmore DB Jahdae Barron is out for approximately three weeks with a knee sprain.  WR Troy Omeire will miss Saturday's contest against Rice.  TE Jared Wiley is available and will play on Saturday. Junior Casey Thompson will start for the Longhorns under center against the Owls. Saturday's game will mark the first start for Thompson since his senior year at Newcastle High School in Oklahoma (2017). Hudson Card will play, as indicated by head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday and reiterated again on Thursday. Longhorns' kicker Cameron Dicker has missed two field goals this season and mishandled a punt snap last week against the Razorbacks.  Sarkisian confirmed on Thursday that Dicker's duties on Saturday will include both kicking and punting.   Texas Depth Chart vs. Rice

    Rice Head Coach Mike Bloomgren on Texas:
    Texas Head Coach Steve Sarkisian Talks Rice:
     
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from Bear19 in 📸 Denton Ryan DB & Texas Commit Austin Jordan   
    Denton Ryan faced crosstown rival Denton Guyer on Friday night in a matchup of perennial state high school football programs.  In a slugfest, Denton Guyer (2-0) came out on top in OT 14-7 to defeat the Raiders (1-1).
    HornSports photographer Michael Horbovetz was on-hand for the game and captured images of 4 ⭐️ Texas commit Austin Jordan (see below).

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    Aaron Carrara reacted to NEOkHorn in Thoughts and Takeaways: Texas cruises past Louisiana to open the Sark era   
    Not sure if it is sustainable to play two qbs every game but it is necessary when possible to get reps for the next man up and keep them engaged. IMO, one of the greatest failures of the past two regimes has been player development. No better way to develop young players than in game reps. It was nice to see a game that Texas was supposed to win do so comfortable enough to get some of the backups actual game reps.
    Thanks for the write up JM.
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to java in ARKANSAS: A Little History   
    No Longhorn should travel to a Longhorn vs Razorback game without a little history of the rivalry. 
    During my time as a student at Texas, we flew into Arkansas twice, and both trips were eventful. Once our flight home (a charter) was delayed because one of our group was in an Emergency Room. Why, you might ask?
    We were delayed because one of our group was injured as we marched out of Razorback Stadium by trash which included, partially eaten fruit, soft drinks, beer bottles, etc.  It was a broken beer bottle that cut the skin, so close to the eye, that doctors said a fraction of an inch closer would have resulted in lost vision in one eye for the injured person. 
    If driving during that time, it was important to get gas BEFORE one crossed the Texas border.  The Hog fans wouldn’t sell gas to Texas fans. Hopefully that has changed since chain stores have virtually taken over gasoline sales. 
    However, it can’t hurt to gas up before you cross the border. 
    Bevo and Smokey had difficulty making the trip due to gasoline shortages.
    Regardless of those difficulties, expect the fan base to be a very diverse group.  Some will be polite and well-spoken, but others will be crazy, uneducated hillbillies.  Some of whom are probably the same fools who threw trash at us as we left their stadium in victory. 
    By the way, followed that incident, DiNino said he would not take the LHB back to Arkansas. Since DKR made it clear that he wanted the LHB with the team when they traveled, DiNino only relented when the President of the university of Arkansas wrote a letter of apology to The University of Texas. 
    Be ready, and Hook ‘em!
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to Austin Horn in Staff Predictions: #21 Texas Longhorns vs. #23 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns   
    It’s product launch day today. I’m officially judging the staff today. 
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from Sirhornsalot in College Football Starts Tomorrow. What are you guys listening to tonight?   
    Explosions in the Sky (Watching Friday Night Lights)
     
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to Sirhornsalot in Site Membership Upgrades during Football Season   
    I upgraded and suddenly I notice a few more features. Is that right?
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to UTfish in Site Membership Upgrades during Football Season   
    It's working now. Thanks Aaron!
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from J.B. TexasEx in Depth Chart: Texas vs. Louisiana   
    Following the first of Steve Sarkisian’s weekly Monday press conferences, the depth chart for Saturday’s matchup against #23 Louisiana was released.
    As expected former Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card (redshirt freshman) will make his first career start at Texas against the Ragin’ Cajuns, but junior Casey Thompson will see playing time as well.
    The starting wide receiver corps will consist of sophmore Jordan Whittington, junior Joshua Moore and true freshman Xavier Worthy.
    The secondary for the Longhorns will feature senior Anthony Cook at nickel, Brenden Schooler (senior) at free safety, BJ Foster (senior) at box safety and seniors D’Shawn Jamison and Josh Thompson at corner.
    Full depth chart can be found below.


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    Aaron Carrara reacted to Jameson McCausland in Depth Chart: Texas vs. Louisiana   
    Helm and Davis both had solid springs as early enrollees and Sanders did not arrive until the summer. The season ending injury to Liebrock will create some interesting decisions the staff will have to make in regards to potential playing time for the freshman TE's. I still believe that Sanders will play this year and the coaching staff will find a role for him in the offense.
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from UTfish in Site Membership Upgrades during Football Season   
    Received your message and will have it fixed shortly!
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Depth Chart: Texas vs. Louisiana   
    Following the first of Steve Sarkisian’s weekly Monday press conferences, the depth chart for Saturday’s matchup against #23 Louisiana was released.
    As expected former Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card (redshirt freshman) will make his first career start at Texas against the Ragin’ Cajuns, but junior Casey Thompson will see playing time as well.
    The starting wide receiver corps will consist of sophmore Jordan Whittington, junior Joshua Moore and true freshman Xavier Worthy.
    The secondary for the Longhorns will feature senior Anthony Cook at nickel, Brenden Schooler (senior) at free safety, BJ Foster (senior) at box safety and seniors D’Shawn Jamison and Josh Thompson at corner.
    Full depth chart can be found below.


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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from TexCoyote in Longhorn News/Discussion (Non-recruiting)   
    1:30 press conference today with Sark.  I'll post it in a separate thread once we receive it.
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to Devon Messinger in Depth Chart: Texas vs. Louisiana   
    Things I Find Interesting:
    Cade Brewer continues to start at TE: He has been a reliable blocker at tight end but has also shown glimpses of what he can do in the passing game. Jared Wiley, who might be a the bigger long-term play at TE, is listed as the backup but will surely receive his fair share of snaps. Andrej Karic misses out on starting O-Line spot: This isn't necessarily surprising by any means but the redshirt freshman showed promise at the end of last season. Of course, with Kerstetter back in the rotation, someone had to be relegated to second-string duties. Luke Brockermeyer starting at MLB: Brockermeyer's name has frequently appeared throughout the offseason as he has impressed the Texas coaching staff. It is just neat to see how far he has seemingly progressed during his time at Texas, from a joining the team as a walk-on to getting the starting nod to begin this season. Although it should be noted that Luke had Division 1 scholarship offers that he passed up on and might not be the typical walk-on player. Hudson Card starts at Holder: It is not uncommon to have a quarterback at holder on special teams, but it is uncommon to see a starting quarterback in this role. What do y'all think of the week 1 depth chart? There's obviously a lot to look at heading into this season! 🤘🏻
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from Bear19 in Longhorn News/Discussion (Non-recruiting)   
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to UTfish in College Football Starts Tomorrow. What are you guys listening to tonight?   
    A house full of loud, crazy women having a sewing circle. 🤯😖
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    Aaron Carrara reacted to Coot in College Football Starts Tomorrow. What are you guys listening to tonight?   
    "Get off of my Cloud"
    The Rolling Stones
    RIP Charlie Watts
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Longhorns Preparing for Louisiana, QB Battle Remains Undecided   
    The #21 Texas Longhorns will open the season against #23 Louisiana in a little over a week and for Steve Sarkisian, the prep work specific to beating the Ragin Cajuns at DKR has already started. Sarkisian is treating this week like a typical game week, with the team playing what he refers to as a "mock game" on Saturday.  The team will stay in a hotel on Friday like they typically do prior to Saturday home games and will have team meetings before heading to DKR on Saturday.
    "We'll come to the stadium and do all of our pregame warmups and then we'll reenact a lot of those scenarios that happen in game from substitutions to injuries, potentially, things like that that guys are prepared for as backups, whether they're on offense, defense or special teams."
    Throughout the duration of Fall Camp the offensive storyline has centered around the quarterback battle between junior Casey Thompson and redshirt freshman Hudson Card.  Despite reports that Card holds the reigns on the position and has taken the majority of snaps this week in practice, on Thursday, Sarkisian emphatically denied he has tabbed a starting quarterback.
    "No I have not named one, so I guess there is nothing to be shared," said Sarkisian when asked by reporters.
    Relative to the snap count, he clarified that things were being shared equally amongst the quarterbacks who are both making progress after a disappointing second week of camp.
    "Well, quite frankly, the reps have been split 50/50 And, you know, half with the ones, half with the twos and I think probably they continue to build, you know."
    Is there a strategic advantage for Sarkisian, who is widely regarded as an offensive mastermind, to keep his starting quarterback under wraps as long as possible in order to affect game-planning for the opposition?  According to Sarkisian, not really.
    "I don't really, me personally I don't think it is much an advantage. I've never worried too much about it from the other side. You know if the players were drastically different style of players, if one guy was just a straight pocket passer, and the other guy was an elite runner, right, and maybe not as gifted of a passer, then you'd have to prepare for knowing which one is in the game. That might, might adjust your calling of the defense, you know, but, you know, I think most people have their schemes they run their schemes and have a game plan and they run the plan and to some degree."
    When Sarkisian does make a decision on the starting quarterback for the season, there has been speculation that it could impact the future of the roster in the form of decision(s) to enter the transfer portal.  He stressed that his emphasis is on the team and not one specific player of group of players and says it would be imprudent to be bothered by that speculation.
    "Well I can't, I can't worry about that, you know, I have to make decisions that are that are in the best interest of the entire football organization in our entire team. The moment you start worrying about the what ifs about one player. I think that's when you get hesitant in your decision making and you end up starting to make decisions that aren't in the best interest of your team..."
    As far as opponents are concerned, the Longhorns could very well have their hands-full with the Ragin' Cajuns, who have won 10 games in each of their last two seasons. They return ten starters on both sides of the ball and are led by fifth year quarterback Levi Lewis, who is 24-4 as a starter.  Head coach Billy Napier assumed the reins of the Louisiana program following the 2017 season, and has taken the program to new heights.
      Sarkisian, who worked with Napier previously, spoke highly of his football acumen and the talent on the Cajuns' roster.
    "Billy is a great football coach, a great football mind. You know I think he's very detailed. He's a tremendous offensive coach, but I think he's a really good head coach, you know. You can see it in their team they're well organized, they're efficient. They play sound. They play hard."
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from Johnny Depp in QB1 still undecided as Fall Camp marches on   
    Sark said today he hasn't named a starter yet and that the QBs have been splitting first and second team reps 50/50.
    I think it is highly possible we see both guys play next Saturday.  How much of who is to be determined....  Depth chart should be released on Monday and I'm not sure it won't have a Hudson Card OR Casey Thompson listed as #1 at this point. 
    Sarkisian also said today that he doesn't feel it is an advantage to the opposing team to name a starting QB.  I think he's still vetting both guys so that he feels like he's made the best decision possible headed into the season.
    If you were to ask the players who they want, it is highly probable you would get a name.

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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from java in Puzzle Pieces: Where the Longhorns Stand after Scrimmage #2   
    Photo: Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman via Imagn Content Services, LLC
    As the regular season inches closer, head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff continue to give players reps in hopes of garnering some semblance of what a gameday roster might look like.  That process will start on Sunday according to Sarkisian, who along with his staff could have a draft of the offense, defense, special teams or all positions by early in the week.  While nothing is finite in that regard, it gives the team structure headed into what gameday preparation and practice might look like a week early.
    Sarkisian shared information with reporters on Saturday after the team's second scrimmage and here are nuggets of what he said:
    The offense played well, controlled the line of scrimmage, ran the ball well. Defense started slow but progressed throughout the game. The quarterbacks played well - both of them "had a nice day" according to Sarkisian.  They controlled the tempo of the game, completed passes and got the ball to players in space. Card and Thompson both had good weeks of practice leading up to Saturday's scrimmage.  The coaches challenged both guys and they responded. On what his standard is for the quarterbacks - "Well, I would say they played winning football today, and that's the standard right I mean, are they putting us in a position to win games and they did that in the first of all that starts with taking care of the ball."  Sark says managing the offense and taking advantage of opportunities when they are there are points #2 & #3 related to his standards. On developing quarterbacks, Sark says the one thing he and his staff focus on is find the things the player does well and identify that throughout camp.  Whether it's play-action passes, formations, etc.  He reiterates that it isn't about what he (Sarkisian) does, its about focusing on the strengths that a player has. "It's what place do they operate the best and what plays are they the most comfortable with, and that's really what we try to do, and you know we're doing that now with with Casey and Hudson and as far as just recognizing the things that we think they do well, and putting them in position to do it." WR Troy Omeire's knee injury was referred to a s a "subtle strain" by Sarkisian. Omeire is rehabbing the knee now and Sarkisian mentioned a week or two as a possible timetable for recovering. On his timeline for naming a quarterback, Sarkisian says he doesn't want to act like he is neglecting it but stresses that both players have made it difficult for him to name a starter and both players are taking the coaching and working hard to improve every day.  Says he will review tape this week and evaluate performances in certain situations and look at concerns he has on each guy. A quote on the quarterbacks:  "You know I've always said, we're probably in a better position at the quarterback position than a lot of people, because I really believe we have two guys that can play. Now, I believe in having a starter and having a backup and, but then when you know, I've got a backup that can play at a high level, and operate our offense, the way we want to operate. That's really a luxury for us because there's a lot of teams that maybe have a returning starter who's a frontline guy, but their backup may not be very capable."  Things Sarkisian feels really good about right now:  The depth at running back, the depth on the defensive line and the special team unit.  He mentions Roschon Johnson, Keilan Robinson and the emergence of Jonathan Brooks contributing to luxury of the RB position. The final two weeks before the opener against Louisiana will be in prep mode for the Ragin' Cajuns.  The team will move into the South End Zone at DKR on Monday and practices will be in game-week format. WR Jaden Alexis was the only player that didn't finish the scrimmage due to a knee injury.  He is being evaluated.  Sarkisian says they are "relatively healthy as a team." Sark says the tight end position is almost as valuable as the QB position to him because in his offense he asks a lot of them. They have an extensive role in his system and he emphasizes the need for his TE's to be physical, smart and athletic. "If I had to give you a player of the game, it would probably be Josh Moore after today's scrimmage." -- Steve Sarkisian The wide receivers are getting a lot of reps and a lot of opportunity.  Sarkisian and Andre Coleman are looking for continuity and rapport with the QB in their guys, which are getting better as the passing game shows. On the after-5 players on the OL and who are stepping up their game, Sark mentions Andrej Karic, Hayden Connor, Tope Imade.  He stressed that all players get reps in practice but some guys are starting to separate themselves from others. On the new NIL opportunities with the Brandr group that launched group licensing for student-athletes, Sarkisian credited President Jay Hartzell and AThletic Director Chris Del Conte for their leadership and support of the school's student athletes. " I think our players are very appreciative that the university is continually trying to find ways to take advantage of the opportunities there for them. And this is just another example of that. And, you know, the fact that they're able to do that with Jersey sales, different things, again, I think it's a credit to the university and the leadership that we have but also I think your players appreciate it as well and have a really good relationship with the leadership of your university."
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from Johnny Depp in QB1 still undecided as Fall Camp marches on   
    There was no media window on Saturday.  Sometimes during the week they will allow it.
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    Aaron Carrara got a reaction from longhorn_mig in Troy Omeire Injury Update   

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