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  1. View from the Cheap Seats-Arkansas Pigs play “line football”, SOOIE Let’s make no mistake, TEXAS went to Arkansas and got their backsides beaten. It started with both sides of the lines where the Pig OL & DL dominated the game. We’ll break down some problems, but line play is at the head of the list. BTW, the comment about “playing line football” came from the Pigs staff before the game. Lots of truth to this. Neither TEXAS line played well while the Pigs simply dominated. . . . we might be repeating ourselves. And this one of the hardest Cheap Seats to author. It was sad to see so many TEXAS fans drinking the kool aid and boasting we’d win this game going away. Too much Nintendo and too little understand of real football. Real football is a highly emotional game, played in front of raucous crowds, played by angry men. TEXAS certainly faced that last night as the Arkansas fans set a record for home attendance and volume. Our first problem was badly underrating a very good defense the Pigs brought to the table along with an outstanding running game. Our second problem was getting seriously out coached. Seems that last year, Sark had no answer for the Pigs D as they would hand Bama their lowest scoring and yardage output of the season. Not just by a little bit but by around half. Not sure what Sark was thinking constantly trying to run the way he did vs an excellent run D. Sorry, we love Sark but this was a poorly schemed/called offensive game plan. Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys opened against Tampa Bay featuring one of the best run D’s in the NFL. Dallas did not stubbornly pound the ball into the line, Dallas threw early and often, short throws to talented WRs and TEs, keeping the Tampa Bay D off balance. And they threw quickly, not giving the TB line time to pressure Dak. They bootlegged away from pressure with throws to TEs and RBs. We could have used a bit of this Sat night. But then again, we could have used a bit of anything that worked. Basically, Sark did his young QB few favors with the game plan and the by product is going to be a full blown QB controversy. For the 2nd week in a row, Casey Thompson was the best QB on the Longhorn side of things. Granted in both games Casey’s snaps came during garbage time but it’s hard to ignore how he lit up the offense with both his passing and running when he was on the field. This is the next BIG test for Sark, how to get his young QBs confidence back up as well as the confidence of the entire team. Can he keep 1 loss from becoming 2. Good news on that front, tomato can Rice next up. Bad news, we then must travel to TCU, another team that gets “geeked up” (to quote Nate Newton) for TEXAS. And even thought TCU looks like crap this year, they ALWAYS play TEXAS hard. We called it pre-season, Hudson was going to have a time where the game was too big for him. It came very early in the season. At one point, there were 3 long passes where receivers were running wide open for touchdowns, explosive plays that certainly would have helped. Card missed each of them badly. Though there was one long beautiful pass to Jordan Whittington, hit him in both hands only to be dropped. Card never looked comfortable in the game. Defense Defense played well in the 1st half, limiting the Pigs to FGs on 3 of their 4 scoring drives including off their very short field blocked punt. Well not great with no real help from the offense. 2nd half those figures would flip as the D gave up 3 TDs and a FG on 4 drives and were unable to stop the Arkie rushing attack. We are simply not physical enough to play a strong rushing team. And sadly, our 2nd half adjustments were poor. BJ Foster did have a great INT to blunt the Pigs 1st drive of the 2nd half that the offense turned into 7 but it simply wasn’t enough. 2nd Half adjustments One of the biggest gripes about Mensa was a lack of halftime adjustments. Sark and Coach K lost this battle to Barry Odom and Kendall Briles. We would lose the 3rd quarter 17-7. Not a good sign 2 plays that defined the night Football is a game of inches and TEXAS blew a chance to take an early lead when by the length of a big toe, Arkansas muffed a punt but the TEXAS player was out of bounds at the 3 by the narrowest of margins. Minus 7 (at least 3) and an early lead after TEXAS 1st 3 and out Early in the 2nd quarter, at his own 16, Cameron Dicker DROPS the ball where it is blocked then scooped and returned to the TEXAS 11. The D bowed up and forced a FG for the 2nd time that night in the Red Zone but the swing of the two plays was 10 points. Would it have mattered in the end? Football is a funny game that way and the best way to take a loud crowd out is to take an early lead. TEXAS trailed wire to wire. Refs In a fairly well called game, have to bitch about 2 BLATANT targeting calls which were not made. 1st one on BiJan would have turned a 3rd down stuff into a 1st down. The 2nd did not impact the drive as it happened on the goal line but if it’s about player safety then stop worrying about the fans and call the game right. Offensive player of the game Casey Thompson shined leading TEXAS to 2 TDs on the 2 drives he had the reigns Defensive player of the Game BJ Foster His INT was the highlight of the night and he came up with 2 big tackles on 3rd down. Stats that matter 333 Arkansas’ total rushing yards, not one Pig player broke 100 7.1 Average Yards per carry for the Pigs 4-13 3rd down conversions for the Horns 6 Drives of 3 plays and out or less (ugh) 9 Number of times Pigs kicked off (double ugh) 3-1 Turnover ratio, another stat line we lost 10/3 Tackles for Losses/Sacks recorded by Arkie 0-19 Sark’s record as a HC when down by 10 or more at half. Summation No way to sugar coat the azz beating the Pigs put on us. Make no mistake, the Pigs are a good team with a stout defense. Anyone who said otherwise, well doesn’t know football very well. Best D the Horns face all season? We hope so. Rice on deck so we have our slump buster but TCU before OU is a bit of a concern today. Sark needs to work some QB magic on young Mr Card. He is the future, is he the present? And does Casey have some James Brown in him, a guy who shines brighter under the lights not in practice? At least we can dispense with the “we’ll be 5-0 and Top 10 ranked when we face OU”. One comment, watched some of Tennessee’s game, South Carolina’s game and obviously the Pigs game. This is why we are moving to the SEC. Fans get jacked up for the games, they fill the stadiums and the stadiums are not 45,000 seat cracker boxes (except for Vandy). Hopefully by the time we get there, we show up with a better team. Mack and the Tar Heels Always good to have a tomato can on deck after an ugly loss. Tar Heels bounce back against Georgia Southern. They will need some help to win their division. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU Torched a tomato can Fair to say NO ONE in the BigXII is very impressive today, not really sure after 2 weeks who deserves to be ranked where from 2 to 8. Frankly put them in any order 9 & 10 are easy, TT barely beat FCS Stephen F while Kansas was abused by Coastal Carolina. #2 KSU 2-0 #3 TCU by virtue of a 2-0 record. Beat a poor Cal team #4 Okie Lite Another 2-0 record coming from behind to beat Tulsa with 21 in the 4th #5 ISU Pounded by Top 10 Iowa #6 TEXAS, prison raped by the pigs but solid win vs a ranked opponent in week 1 #7 WVU Put a whipping on Long Island High School. Oh wait, Long Island has a college and a football team. . . .who knew? #8 Baylor Whipped Texas Southern. . . . who cares? #9 Texas Tech You barely beat Stephen “FCS” Austin? #10 Kansas Way too early playoff picture #1 Bama #2 Oregon New kid in the mix proves they are for real beating tOSU on the road. Must say, many scoffed at the idea of Mario Christobal as a Mensa replacement candidate. Does a great job with OLs, wins (back to back Pac12 champ) and now in the drivers seat to win 3 years in a row/make the playoffs. #3 Norte Dame Biggest beneficiary of the tOSU loss #4 Georgia If both Bama and Georgia run the table, both most likely in Outside looking in? Oklahoma Clemson Penn State USC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tGTpuTyDaQ
  2. Proud day, got to buy the Great Man himself buds and enchiladas at Matt's El Rancho in Austin.   Joining us was All American QB Marty Akins

  3. View from the Cheap Seats ULaLa All Gas No Brakes What is likely the most significant off season in TEXAS Longhorn history opened with plenty of questions being answered by new Coach Steve “Sark” Sarkisian and his young charges. Not sure you could have scripted a better opening for Coach Sark, his brand new staff and the debut of Hudson Card. Let’s quickly start with the off season changes. As most are aware by now, TEXAS and Oklahoma shook the college football world by announcing they were joining the SEC. This announcement would come after TEXAS chose to fire Coach Tom “Mensa” Herman who had not done poorly, but he had not done well either. And after very publicly courting Urban Meyer who would bolt for the NFL, TEXAS would “settle” by plucking Coach Sark from the Bama staff, along with 3 other Bama coaches. The move to changes conferences that supposedly had been blocked for years (decades?) by the TEXAS administration was now seen as the most obvious move by a new AD, President and head of our board of Regents. Big time props to AD, CDC (now know by his initials), UT President Jay Hartzell and Board of Regent chair Kevin P. Eltife. History will be the judge of the wisdom of these moves but these men should be credited with the vision and courage to not stand with the status quo. ACES. So 2 quick digs at our friends down in College Station before we get into Sat's game. 1st, as great as the news of the move from the lackluster BigXII to the SEC was to real CFB fans, almost as joyous was listening to the howls and whines of our former “rival” (how much of a rival are you really when you lost 3/4ers of the games you play?) who realized they were going right back into the shadow of TEXAS. It was interesting that Aggie would also give Jimbo Fisher a raise after going 33-16 over 4 years, failing to win 10 games in a season and not even winning their division. TEXAS would fire their head coach who would go 32-18 over 4 years, producing a 10 win season and playing for the conference title. The standards are not the same Back to the game at hand TEXAS opened their season facing a Nationally ranked opponent that returned 20 of 22 starters from last year, a team which finished the year with a well-deserved Top 25 ranking. This is a team that upset Iowa State in the opener last year. This was also the game many pundits picked as their ”upset special” to kick off the season. Coach Sark and company would put the quick kibosh on that, jumping out to a 14-6 half time lead and never looking back. TEXAS would open the season forcing a 3 and out then registering their own 3 and out. . . .TEXAS would then go long TD drive, long missed FG drive then long TD drive to take a 14-6 half time lead. Did you read that right? Only 4 drives in the 1st half? Get used to Sark’s ball control offense where he’ll change plays at the line but will eat up much of the clock on every play. While the motto is “All gas no brakes”, this is not an up tempo offense many are used to seeing. To highlight that ball control, TEXAS would convert 10 of 15 chances on 3rd down. Not that Sark will not go uptempo from time to time, something he did several times in the game to keep the LaLa D off balance. If we were to pick one word for this offense? Methodical. Speaking of “methodical”, after the opening 3 and out, TEXAS would score or attempt to score, missed FG on drive #3, on every drive it had until the very last drive of the game where TEXAS was simply trying to run out the clock. Along the way, Coach Sark showed why he was so highly regarded and such a desirable candidate for the job. He put his talented players in a position to succeed and when asked to, his players made plays. The difference in not just play calling but play design as well. We’ll focus on BiJan’s 1st TD pass. TEXAS lines up with 2 tight ends tight on the left side of the formation with no WR to that side and BR in the backfield. Both TEs run routes into the center of the field, the Corner back follows the TEs leaving BR wide open to leak out into the flat where he outruns the D to the end zone. Of course nothing helps a play caller more than talented players and in BiJan Robinson TEXAS is blessed with a dynamic ball carrier with the power to break tackles as well as the quickness to leave defenders trying to find their underwear on the field. Think larger, stronger version of Jamaal Charles. As we saw at the end of last year, BR will be a special RB for TEXAS if he can stay healthy. The biggest story of the off season (on the field) was who would win the job as QB1 for the Horns. Hudson Card served notice the job was his while he lived up to advanced billing with a very impressive performance. Through one game, he showed why he deserved QB1 status. He delivered a calm, cool demeanor, frequently extending plays displaying good elusiveness in the pocket. He certainly displayed a “live arm” with pinpoint throws. He reminds us of another redshirt freshman QB, Colt McCoy, who enjoyed an on field maturity beyond his years. Not to mention a frame that could use another 10-15 pounds of muscle. Card did something not sure many noticed, when he scrambled, he kept his eyes down field. He never lost awareness of what was going on and where his targets were. Just one game but Card did everything he was asked including not turning the ball over.' Applaud Coach Sark for getting Casey Thompson into the game late in the 3rd and giving him the entire 4th quarter. Move should pay big dividends. He also managed to get RB3 Kelian Robinson plenty of snaps and he responded with a 5.1 ypc performance. Not everything was wine and roses. The TEXAS offensive line gave up 4 sacks on the day. Having watched the OU game with their DL wrecking havoc on the Tulane offense at times, this is a concern. Largely the only negative we can find with the offense but it’s pretty important one. While not as impressive or dominate as the O, the D acquitted itself well and we think Coach K is going to pay strong dividends. Without blitzing much, the TEXAS D contained a very good LaLa offense. Of particular note was limiting 5th year Senior QB Levi Lewis to his worst game in 2 years. A true dual threat QB, one of the big concerns was not letting Lewis beat the Horns with his legs. La La was never able to establish their run game and by the 2nd half, they became largely 1 dimensional. La La did manage 2 long drives in the 2nd half but by then the game was largely out of reach. Offensive Player of the game: #1 BiJan Robinson. 176 total yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs and showed off both great cutting ability, great power and great speed. #2 Hudson Card. 177 QB rating on a 14 for 21 224 yard night with 2 passing TDs to go with a rushing TD and not INTs. Well done young man. #3 Jordan Whittington J-Witt to his friends. 7 catches 113 yards and a TD. Defensive Player of the game Co D-MVPs, DeMarvion Overshown & Luke Brockemeyer would record 24 tackles (8 solo) and 2 sacks combined. Stats that matter 5-5 Red Zone scoring and 4 of 5, 4 TDs and 1 FG. 10-15 3rd down conversion rate. 4-13 LaLa’s 3rd down conversion rate, 0-9 through 3 quarters. 4/3 Good news bad news. We gave up 4 sacks and recorded 3. 7-64 Penalties on TEXAS. Will be a coaching focus this week 177 Hudson Card's QB rating through game 1 On Deck So Sark faces an early coaching challenge. He takes the Horns on the road to visit old SWC rival (now this a real rivalry) Arkansas who will be sky high for the game. His young team will be tested in a very hostile environment as the fans. Arkie’s QB is a big guy, 250 lbs and more known for being a rusher not passer. Avoid turnovers, take an early lead and another methodical game will be next week’s keys to victory. Ranking the BigXII Big Dog 1 Oklahoma. Lots of teams guilty of reading their press clippings/eating the cheese, OU appeared to be one of them. OU’s front is scary, their secondary not so much. They remain #1 until someone knocks them off their perch Chasing the title 2 TEXAS Great debut for Sark over a ranked opponent. Best BigXII win of the weekend 3 ISU Speaking of eating the cheese, expect ISU to be formidable and improve from a lackluster performance vs a good FCS level school 4 TCU Strong showing vs a tomato can. TEXAS BigXII opener 5 KSU Looked good vs Stanford. 2nd best BigXII win of the weekend 6 OSU Did not look good beating an FCS opponent, Mizzu State Also rans 7 TT Beat Cougar High 8 WVU Lost to Maryland, shades of Mensa 9 Kansas Eeked out a win vs FCS opponent (sensing a week 1 pattern?) 10 Baylor Did not look good beating FCS opponent Texas State Way too early playoff picks: #1 Bama Stop me if you have heard this before, new QB, New OC. . .same ole Bama #2 tOSU Best of the rest but a step below Bama #3 Dawgs Hard to believe Clemson and Dawgs would play a game without scoring an offensive TD #4 Field is open. Today the Land Thieves fill this spot but Clemson’s playoff bid took a shot this weekend. Game highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBwVTk7rRPo
  4. View from the Cheap Seats-Sark’s 1st spring game All Gas . . .No Brakes One could not ask for a better day weather wise for new HC Steve Sarkisian and the TEXAS Longhorns to host their 2021 Spring game. New Motto: All Gas . . No Brakes which given Sark’s offensive history is very fitting. TEXAS is where expectations are sky high but it’s been over a decade since the team has come close to said expectations. Sark inherits a team which is very talented (last 4 years recruiting ranking is #4 #4 #14 and #14 with only one year less than an average of 3.6 star per class, well above average) but with a long history of poor development. Likely the #1 reason each of the last 2 HCs has been canned. We at the Cheap Seats are trying not to jinx Coach Sark as we were very high early on with the last 2 hires. Frankly starting in 2010, TEXAS football had regressed to the bad old days of mediocrity coupled with high expectations. The 1st thing worth mentioning is the staff that Sark has put together. The quality of these coaches has been significantly upgraded. Perhaps the most exciting part of the new staff for many Horn fans is seeing highly rated recruits’ talent truly developed. Not to mention Sark’s reputation as one of the finest play callers/designers of offense in the land. Now Spring games are always a zero sum game but we liked that Sark featured the 1’s v 1’s (largely) and the 2 v 2’s. One thing that was clear, this was an opportunity for one of the 2 QBs to grabs the QB1 title going into the fall. Both looked outstanding at times and inconsistent at others. Casey started on fire but slid into inconsistency and both QBs were plagued by too many dropped passes. One thing that is clear, this team has no WR1 or WR2 today. Great hopes rest on the shoulders of Troy Omerie who is recovering from ACL. Jake Smith was also out. Jordan Whittington continues to tease us with flashes Card has a GREAT arm but needs a clean pocket. While he can move well to avoid the rush, one he moves, his accuracy drops dramatically. End of the day, Casey’s superior mobility in extending plays and ability to rush put him in a tenuous lead on the QB1 spot heading into fall. Basically anyone saying one QB clearly ahead of the other is pushing some confirmation bias. One observation, 70 total passes thrown in the game vs 46 rushes. Clearly Sark was giving the QBs a chance to separate and come September, expect to see those totals closer to 50/50 leaning more run than pass. Beast Mode Sark loves the great running back and it’s fitting that the best player on the team is Sophomore Bijion Robinson. While limited to only 10 carries, he showed flashes several times. He was also featured in the passing game with 4 receptions on 5 targets. Not to be outdone, Roshon Johnson showed improvement from an impressive 2020 campaign and is clearly RB2. A very pleasant surprise from the RB spot came from transfer Gabriel Watson who ran well, 6.5 ypc on 8 totes of the rock. We may have a new RB3. In the “zero sum” department, thought the offensive line and the defensive line showed pretty well. Each was missing at least one key projected starter but performed fairly well. These two units will go a long way to determining TEXAS’ success in 2021. Biggest disappointment Lack of production from the WRs. Too many drops, they struggled at times to get open. So far, no dominate player. And Sark loves his QB1, his RB1 and his WR1. Biggest Positive How refreshing was it to see a defense playing in position and fundamentally sound. We are not worried about TEXAS generating offense but our first glimpse of Coach K coupled with his history is a great reason for optimism. We have to be an above average to great D to win at the highest levels. Offensive player of the game BiJion Robinson. Would not be shocked if he earned this nod at least 8-10 times in 2021. Really hoping he gets 14 games. Defensive Player of the Game Prince Doborah. 6 tackles, 2 for losses and a sack Stats that Matter 70/116 Passes to total plays. Do not expect to see that this season 2 Total offensive TDs in the game, 1 rushing 1 Passing. J Moore did drop an easy TD in the endzone but TEXAS will need more red zone consistency 3 / 5 Sacks per QBs. Card had 2 on back to back plays during a 2 minute drill to take TEXAS out of FG range. While Casey with a pick 6 in the red zone. Better in the Spring Game to learn from it. TEXAS has to close out scoring drives better 6.5 Watson’s average yards per carry. Welcome to the 40 Acres Mr Watson. Charles Wright For the player with the greatest name in Longhorn history, not a very impressive debut. 0-1 passing and -10 rushing on a sack Conclusions Zero sum game. TEXAS is a team in rebuilding mode. Honestly far less worried about the QB than the WR corps. Today we see a high side of 9-3 and a low side of 7-5. Nope, this is NOT why we hired Sark but we do think it may take a year to get “his players” in place. Now the wild card for this is Sark has talked about 7-9 transfers and we have already seen the impact of Watson and LB Ray Thornton from LSU. There is no question TEXAS is suddenly one of the hot spots for players looking to make a 1-2 year impact. Next up Fall camp then Louisiana. TEXAS opens with one of the better Non Power 5 teams in the Raging Cajuns returning a ton of talent and riding a Top 25 pre season ranking. Then TEXAS has to travel to Arkansas which will view TEXAS as their Super Bowl (who doesn’t) 4 Months and a week till the next version of the Cheap Seats. Meanwhile, our way too early Big XII-2 rankings #1 OU Sadly today, big drop to the next tier of teams. #2 ISU Coming off a Top 10 finish, they open ranked #5. They also boast Brock Purdy back and the #1 RB in the BigXII. Top team today in that 2nd tier of teams #3 TEXAS based on talent and new improved coaching #4 TCU Is this Gary Patterson’s best team in years? #5 OSU rounding out the Second tier in the BigXII, Mike “The Mullet” Gundy returns Jr QB Spenser who flashes great talent but has 19 INTs in the past 2 seasons #6 WVY Quality coaching in Neal Brown coupled with a solid D has WVU leading Tier 3 of the BigXII #7 KSU Always well coached, KSU has their top QB and Top RB to lead them in 2021. #8 Baylor. Not sure if this is the last team in Tier 3 of the 1st team in Tier 4 but expect Baylor to be better in Coach Dave Aranda’s 2nd year #9 TT Final season for Matt Wells? #10 Kansas Is it basketball season yet? Hope you enjoy Shout out to all of you who helped get the JimsTexas Scholarship fund over the Top Very proud of the TEXAS Longhorn Volleyball team.
  5. Way to go staff. Seems Shaka wanted to take a shot at TEXAS as his sorry ass headed out the door. He was bragging about how he ALWAYS played in front of sell out crowds at VCU (capacity 7100) but never at TEXAS . .. . where he averaged over 9,000 fans a game. Sorry I can't post the tweet but very well played: Smart & Strong were two of the WORST hires TEXAS ever made. I for one was all in on Strong (shows you what I know) though tepid on Smart as he had all the ear marks of a one hit wonder. 0-6 in the Big Dance at TEXAS. Care to wager it only takes Beard or whomever 1 year to top that mark?
  6. Not sure if everyone say this article from our super staff here. Charles Wright, we've never had a recruit with such a top flight name. Mark my words, kid will make a difference for us down the road.
  7. IT is the go to board for Longhorn news it seems.
  8. Doritos had 6 or 9 organizations put together a video and picked only 1.
  9. Watch this commercial just past the Doritos "Bold" logo at the end for this to really make sense. My buddy Dave Vabora created the Adaptive Training foundation after his NFL career He was Mr Irrelevant in 2008, drafted by the St Louis Rams. He would finish his career at Seattle. Incredible guy. Many of the people in the video are friends.
  10. I'm going to post my response to a part of the War Room. The breakdown was the scholarship players by position group. Then below I added some commentary (ie WAY to many LBs). This is more the discussion I am interested in having. Thoughts on the numbers, strengths and weaknesses by position group. Some interesting takeaways: From the Alamo Bowl, we return 21 of 22 starters. Only 12 of 81 Juniors or Seniors Room for 4 more ships BEFORE we lose anyone else [QUOTE="Ketchum, post: 15258896, member: 20"] Quarterbacks (3) Casey Thompson, So. Hudson Card, Fr. Charles Wright, QB, incoming freshman Running Backs (4) Gabriel Watson, Super Senior Daniel Young, Senior Roschon Johnson, So. Bijan Robinson, Fr. Jonathon Brooks, RB, incoming freshman Wide Receivers (13) Brenden Schooler, Super Senior Joshua Moore, R-So. Kai Money, So. Jake Smith, So. Marcus Washington, So. Al’Vonte Woodard, So. Kennedy Lewis, R-Fr. Jordan Whittington, R-Fr. Kelvontay Dixon, Fr. Dajon Harrison, Fr. Troy Omeire, Fr. Jaden Alexis, WR, incoming freshman Casey Cain, WR, incoming freshman Keithron Lee, WR, incoming freshman Tight Ends (5) Cade Brewer, Super Senior Malcolm Epps, So. Jared Wiley, So. Brayeden Liebrock, R-Fr. Juan Davis, TE, incoming freshman Gunnar Helm, TE, incoming freshman Offensive Line (11) Top Imade, Super Senior Derek Kerstetter, Super Senior Denzel Okafor, Super Senior Junior Angilau, So. Rafiti Ghirmai, So. Christian Jones, So. Isaiah Hookfin, R-Fr. Tyler Johnson, R-Fr. Jaylen Garth, Fr. Andrej Karic, Fr. Jake Majors, Fr. Logan Parr, Fr. Hayden Conner, OL, incoming freshman Max Merril, OL, incoming freshman Defensive Linemen (13) Jacoby Jones, Super Senior Marqez Bimage, Senior Keondre Coburn, So. Moro Ojomo, So. T’Vondre Sweat, So. Myron Warren, R-Fr. Vernon Broughton, Fr. Alfred Collins, Fr. Sawyer Goram-Welch, Fr. David Abiara, incoming freshman Byron Murphy, incoming freshman Ja’tavion Sanders, incoming freshman Barryn Sorrell, Incoming freshman. Jordon Thomas, incoming freshman Linebackers (13) Ray Thornton, LB, graduate senior Juwan Mitchell, Jr. DeMarvion Overshown, Jr. Luke Brockermeyer, So. Jett Bush, So. David Gbenda, R-Fr. Prince Dorbah, Fr. Marcus Tillman, R-Fr. Jaylan Ford, Fr. Jaden Hullaby, Fr. Morice Blackwell Jr., LB, incoming freshman Terrence Cooks II, LB, incoming freshman Derrick Harris Jr., LB, incoming freshman Defensive Backs (15) Darion Dunn, DB, Sr. Josh Thompson, R-Jr. Anthony Cook, Jr. Montrell Estell, Jr. B.J. Foster, Jr. D’Shawn Jaminson, Jr. Chris Adimora, So. Tyler Owens, So. Marques Caldwell, R-Fr. Jahdae Barron, Fr. Kitan Crawford, Fr. Jerrin Thompson, Fr. JD Coffey III, DB, incoming freshman Ishmael Ibraheem, DB, incoming freshman Jamier Johnson, DB, incoming freshman Special Teams (4) Cameron Dicker, K, Jr. Ryan Bujcevski, P, Jr. Justin Mader, Jr., LS Isaac Pearson, P, incoming freshman Total: 81 Perhaps more fodder for [USER=8160]@Alex Dunlap[/USER] but I'm curious what these numbers mean to us, what conclusions you draw. Where we are strongest, weakest etc. And some "cheap seats" level observations. And will the super seniors hinder the development of younger more talented players? And there are not many Juniors listed. I get part of that is a "last year didn't count" but found that odd. And in a good way, these guys now have time to develop and a staff that actually understands development QB Shouldn't this be 4 as we landed a preferred walk on though I get he does not count against the ship limits. Sounds like we are taking advantage of Jim Bob's wealth (and smart way to go) And we have to mention, Charles Wright, greatest name in TEXAS football history. WR We have a bunch and outside of one Super Senior, they are all sophs or newer. Do we have too many? TE Here's hoping Jared Wiley gets to shine in 2021. Numbers look about right OL And in what has been a decades long (one of my few Mack complaints) problem, we seem to be shorting OL in favor of positions like WR DL The ND transfer not listed, will he be a senior with 1 year left or a Jr with 2? Does he project to start? Did not realize we added 5 this year. It's a full room but numbers would appear about right. Curious how Alex ranks them talent wise after spring drills. LB 13??? Seems high though we seem headed to a 2-4-5 style D. And clearly several will play a LB/DE hybrid. Does Thornton project to start immediately and does Mitchell really have 2 more years? DB 15 Given our history of injuries, a position that is likely good to be a bit over weighted. The most "experienced" position group on the roster with a Senior (brand new here) and 5 Juniors And all this with 4 spots left. Final question, we already have a DB, LB, RB and DE transfer (he's not on the list yet). Clearly OL is a transfer target, do they target 2? And can you rank by position (realize there will be a bit of BPA to who we add as well) the priorities/biggest needs for transfers Oh I lied, another question. By position groups, can you rank them from strongest to weakest?
  11. https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2021/02/03/he-was-homeless-and-worked-from-3-7-am-to-make-ends-meet-now-he-s-signed-to-play-college-football?ref=home_feature_article Simply an awesome story. Kid was living in a shelter in Ft Worth, working from 3am-7am before school to make ends meet. Now he's getting a shot. Homeless. The sheer thought of the word makes you shudder and immediately count your blessings. For Fort Worth Arlington Heights’ Leslie Adindu, it is his reality. A family dispute culminating in his father’s move to New Orleans left Adindu without a place to live in Fort Worth. The 19-year-old found himself living in a shelter. It’s at this point where this story could go one of two ways: Adindu, down on his luck, could have simply thrown up his hands, torn up the cards he’d been dealt and faded into the background. Or, or, he could have authored one of the most inspirational stories you’ll ever hear. Guess which path Adindu chose? “He didn’t know how to put pads on” Arlington Heights defensive line coach Charles Perry won’t soon forget the first time he laid eyes on Adindu, who had moved to Texas from Nigeria with his father in the fall of 2019. It was during PE class when Perry noticed a well-put-together 6-foot-1, 190-pound kid he didn’t recognize. Perry approached him about playing football; Adindu was more interested in soccer. After some convincing, Adindu wound up playing junior varsity football as a junior on the defensive line.
  12. Looks like Choate is an excellent pick up. Had not intended to direct this at you but appreciate the feedback none the less.
  13. Well said. Yes, most of the schools were pissed Sark stole their guys. I think Saban blessed teh Flood move as he knew he'd lose at least one but certainly not happy about Mr "Pole Assassin" Banks. UDub PISSED at losing Coach K. PS, rumors on the interwebs abound that the LB coach will be Jimmy Nansen from UCLA will be nabbed. His rep is as a 1st rate recruiter. This staff can land some talent.
  14. Screw it, I'm drinking the kool aid with extra sugar. PS, this from my boy Cujo posted elsewhere and shamelessly stolen If you have some time, go and check UDub's game vs Bama in the CFPlayoffs from 2016. Mind you, it was 4 years ago, but man what a defensive clinic. Bama came into the game Averaging over 471 yds per game Averging over 40.5 pts per game vs UW Bama offense 17 pts 324 yds Jalen Hurts went 7/14 for 57 ds. The only thing good for bama that day was Bo Scarborough UW offense did them no favors with 3 TO (one being a pick 6) and only having 194 yds of total offense.
  15. I'm sure we'll get a breakdown from the really smart guys but from the Cheap Seats, it looks like Sark has landed an outstanding group of coaches moving forward. And let's be candid (I'm always honest), #1 problem of both CFS & CTH was far too many "comfort hires" out of the gate. I will even argue (and did so years ago) that had Mack hired a DC on the level of GD or even close, he would have enjoyed even more success. Like most casual observers of CFB, I had no clue who Coach Pete Kwiatkowski (Quick-cow-ski) was or his background. I did know UDub played some serious and fundementally sound defense but I gave now UDub HC Coach Lake most of the credit. Seems that was short sighted and Coach K deserves more than a little acclaim himself. He is also a DC interested in being a DC, he turned down returning to Boise St as the head man. Coach K also seems fine with Sark lining up his staff for him, his rep is as a non-ego kinda guy. What is also interesting is that he is extremely well regarded as a DC but Sark was too busy looking East till he finally looked West. Hope that back story comes out one day, I'm curious when was the 1st time Sark reached out to him. Coach K has Bo Davis (2nd time as the TEXAS DL coach) along the DL. He's solid and a good recruiter. Asumming Coach K takes the LBs Terry Joseph and Blake Gideon will coach the secondary. Joseph from ND and comes with a good reputation as both recruiter and talent developer. He will be the "passing game coordinator" Blake is considered a rising star in coaching circles. Rumors have Oscar Giles staying on board in an analyst role. Clearly the offense runs through Sark who has brought his "right hand man" at Bama over as the QB coach AJ Milwee TE's & STs will be run by uber recruiting star Jeff Banks. I'm guessing we'll finally start using TEs in our offense. Stan Drayton, RBs & Andre Coleman, WRs have been retained. Coleman was rewarded with the commit of a 4 Star WR out of Flower Mound with Sark's announcment as HC. Nice way to kick of the new era. Not sure if it has been announced but I believe Sark is still pursuing Holman Wiggings, WR coach at Bama (another uber recruiter). If he's hired, Coleman moves to an analyst spot we assume. Saving my favorite (after Sark, but Coach K might be there too) new hire for last. Kyle Flood has come over to coach the OL. He is considered one of the Top 5 OL coaches in the nation, is adept at recruiting OLs and coaching them up to be high NFL draft picks. So that's the 8 Sark wants to play and I have to say, it's nice to see an HC bring in some of the best in the land at their positions than to hire his "not ready for prime time" players like the last two. Especially on defense, will be interesting to see how fast the team gels around a new system as Coach K runs a 2-4-5 as a base D, though it does look a great deal like a 4-3 or a 4-2-5 at times.
  16. Brock Purdy is back and outside of their RB, they pretty much have everyone back. If we run the KSU offensive scheme vs ISU, we play in the CCG. BiJon stays healthy, 9-3/10-2 Hate to say this because I loved Sam but think our O is better. Also think the D is better. We will be a very attractive target for 2021 portals/Grad transfers. Predict we land 7-10
  17. I heard Hamilton is back on the TEXAS internet boards, where did he land?
  18. And yet we were in position to win every game under Herman with OU save the CCG. They have been much better coached, especially on defense than we have been. Keeping CTH simply kicks the can down the road for another year and further reduces our talent levels with our 2022 class.
  19. If we are not #1 in talent, we are not far from OU. If ISU can beat OU, why can't we? If BMDs and Regents are making the call, then what are we paying CDC $2 million a year to do? Cristobal has a G 5 conference title and now 2 Pac12's. This side of UM and Kelly, he has the best resume of any candidate. My concern, none of our options are going to be much different after 2021, you may get another "flavor of the day" but in hindsight, that is all CTH ever was. Our recruiting will continue to slide, we've already gone from Top 10 to very high Teens and likely into the 20's for 2021. Our biggest needs are recruiting, OL development/recruiting and playing championship D. Mario checks boxes 1 and 2. If he wanted to keep Ash, good with me.
  20. OK So who is in charge? Franklin? No way, Herman 2.0 I think Cristobal would be outstanding. Immediate bump in recruiting and improved OL coaching
  21. View from the Cheap Seats-Buffs return to Texas Game review and season/off season wrap up. One of the things bowl games bring is hope for the following season. It is a game where younger players who have often not gotten much playing time, get a chance to shine while giving the fans a glimpse of things to come. This year’s Alamo Bowl game certainly gave TEXAS fans what they hope is a vision for the future though sadly, TEXAS has failed to deliver on that tease for 3 years in a row. While not the “signature win” of the Sugar Bowl beat down of the Dawgs, this was easily one of Coach Herman’s Top 5 wins at TEXAS. (OU, Dawgs, Utah and USC round our our top 5) If there is one thing Tom Herman can do, it’s tease TEXAS fans with dominate bowl game performances. Sam deserved better. Before we jump into the game, we wanted to take a minute and honor an absolute warrior who left everything he had on the field for his beloved Horns. It sucked for him to have to leave what might have been his last game at TEXAS after the 1st half with a shoulder injury. Sam is the man and leaves an amazing legacy of grit and toughness. In a year of craziness both on and off the field, Sam showed real leadership all season as he has done over his 4 year career. Next to the word “electric” in the dictionary is now a picture of Bijan Robinson. It did not take Bijan long to make his presence felt, on TEXAS’ first offensive play, he took off for 27 yards and largely did not look back from there. He finished with 182 yards rushing (on only 10 carries) and a TD plus 2 receptions with a TD apiece. In his last two games, he’s put up over 350 yards rushing and accounted for 6 TDs. They hype for him in 2021 will be on overdrive. Not to be outdone, Casey Thompson started the 2nd half of the game and in a quarter and a half, out played Sam. It began on the opening possession of the 2nd half where following a 66 yard 1st down run by Bijan, Casey hit Joshua Moore with a 13 yard slant on a perfectly thrown ball. Casey would finish with 4 touchdown passes on 5 drives with one drive ending with a field goal. For those keeping track of drive points (an important analytic) that is REALLY GOOD. Along the way, only 2 of his 10 passes were not completed. Though truth be told, he did hit a Colo DB in the hands for what should have been an easy INT. OK, this was not a very good Colo team, comparable with WVU or TCU and clearly the weakest of the 4 bowl opponents TEXAS/Coach Mensa has faced in his tenure. But it felt good seeing some young guys flash and winning is FAR SUPERIOR to losing when it’s all said and done. Our only negative issue with the offense came at the end of the 1st quarter/2nd quarter where TEXAS went Punt, Miss FG, Punt Punt before hitting on a FG to close out the 1st half. After 3 drives of moving the ball well, the offensive play calling seemed to go away from what was working back to what really had not worked all season. Pretty much our only negative of the night. ..again, other than Sam’s injury. Flipping to the other side of the ball, TEXAS once again faced one of the top RBs in the nation. Broussard came in ranked #3 in yards per game averaging 6 yards a carry and was the Pac12’s offensive player of the year. Mr Broussard would go home reaching half of his season averages. Not the only time this year the TEXAS D has bowed up to the challenge of facing a Top flight RB and they have been up to the task each time. The D held Colo to 10 points in the 1st half, their sole 1st half TD drive needed 3 TEXAS penalties (each for 1st downs) to get into the red zone. Credit where credit is due, it’s clear as the season has progressed, Coach Ash’s young charges have played better each week. Well except for the KSU game. Coach Y’s offense seemed to be regressing as the season wore on as the performances against WVU and ISU were tepid at best. Bijan being unleashed the past two games seems to be the catalyst for a couple very good performances, again save that weird, revert back to what hasn’t worked all year play calling in the 2nd quarter. The big question, which seems to be the same question every year, was a great bowl performance an indication “we’re back” or is it fool’s gold? TEXAS loses a bunch of starters but candidly outside of Joseph Ossai and the Sam twins, this might be addition by subtraction. Sorry not sorry if this offends the PC crowd but we had some serious problem children in the locker room who had a focus more on off the field issues than winning the conference. Offensive player of the game: BiJan Robinson with his 2nd amazing game in a row Honorable Mention: Casey Thompson leading TEXAS with 4 TD passes on 5 drives in just over a quarter of play Defensive player of the game: Alfred Collins. Big man arrived in style, 6’5” 305 lbs and he goes vertical to block then intercept a Colo pass. If you did not hear the quote, in a pre game interview, Coach Ash told Mike Golic Sr that he coached both Bosa brothers and Collins has the potential to be as good as they were. BTW, both top 3 NFL picks Stats that matter 4 Number of TD passes thrown by Casey Thompson in just over a quarter+ of work. His 5th drive resulted in a FG 3 Average yards rushing by Colo/Pac 12’s player of the year RB Broussard who came into the game averaging 6+ per carry 4/221 TD/Total offense accounted for by true freshman BiJan Robinson 4-0 Coach Herman’s bowl record, best in TEXAS history 0-4 Coach Herman’s conference titles Game Highlights Season Review No other way to spin this, season was a failure. With the best talent in the conference lead by a senior QB and an All American pass rusher, TEXAS failed to win the conference. In fact with a CCG berth on the line, TEXAS choked behind their worst offensive performance of the year, sadly squandering what was likely the best defensive performance of the year. And it was set up perfectly for TEXAS this year as OU dropped 2 games early and could have been eliminated from conference contention. Instead, the Sooners would win their 6th conference title in a row and in the BigXII’s quarter century year, OU would win the conference 14 times. Depressing to type. So the $64,000 question for CDC is what to do with Coach Mensa. Recruiting has dropped from a potential Top 10 class down into the high teens. Rumors of negative recruiting from inside the locker room float about. Has anyone seen anything that makes you think CTH is somehow going to improve in 2021 with a brand new QB who hasn’t thrown 25 CFB passes? So does TEXAS’ administration opt for a “dead man walking” type season in 2021 or do they pull the trigger with a list of prospective new head coaches, all of whom come with question marks. Well except for Urban Meyer who still is teasing perspective suitors. There is a very good chance, CTH is at the helm again in 2021. We don’t like the idea but we also have not gotten a call from CDC asking for our opinions either. Recruiting is already trending towards “meh”. . . .TEXAS only has 3 pledges of the state’s Top 25 and 7 of the Top 50, zero of them are offensive linemen. Meanwhile the Aggies and thieves of land would each nab 5 of the Top 25 in state recruits and each enjoys a Top 10 class (measured by average star ranking). Quick summary of the potential hires CDC might consider if he pulls the trigger: Urban Meyer-everybody’s dream date to the prom. After him, everyone else comes with question marks. Brian Kelly-Clearly knows how to get to the playoffs, question is why would he leave Norte Dame? Mike Campbell-The fair haired boy of the BigXII, just finished Iowa State’s best 4 year run in their history. A clear upgrade over CTH (who isn’t at this point) Can he recruit and coach well enough to unseat OU as conference champs? Damn near did so with ISU talent Mario Cristobal-Just won his 2nd Pac 12 title. One of the best recruiters in the nation and an outstanding offensive line coach with ties to Nick Saban. Odd he is getting so little play here as after Urban and Kelly, has the best resume of any of the candidates. Steve Sarkisian Proved his recruiting and coaching chops as he pulled a moribund UDub program out of the ashes (0-12 the year before he got there). Spectacular flame out at his next stop of USC due to drinking. Re building his career at Bama and coaching a great offense, perhaps Bama’s best of the Saban era though face it, he’s working with more offensive talent than anyone not named Dabo. Luke Fickell Group 5 darling doing great things at Cincinnati. Our issue, group 5 coaches generally flame out making the leap to Power 5 Hugh Freeze Great success at Liberty, good success at Ole Miss. But recruiting violations and hiring escorts for players/recruits might seem a major negative to many. Tony Elliott Who???? The offensive coordinator at Clemson. He’s this year “hot name” though he’s never worked outside of South Carolina and has only called plays for a year or so. James Franklin OK, we should have hired him over Charlie Strong. Not that we think much would be different though we would not have had the worst 3 year run in our history. Has not really challenged for the B1G title, to us, he’s CTH 2.0. Or CDC can play the cards he’s dealt himself and we re-do this exercise in a year with basically the same mixed bag of candidates. Ranking the Big XII coaches #1 Lincoln Riley #2 Matt Campbell #3 Mike Gundy very nice bowl win over Miami #4 Gary Patterson great talent evaluator and developer #5 Tom Herman kinda by default #6 Neal Brown Look for him to climb #7 Chris Klieman Long been a fan of his work #8 Less Miles Mostly on the back of his work at LSU #9 Dave Aranada #10 Matt Wells Playoff projections Bama spanks ND Clemson spanks tOSU Bama over Clemson in what shapes up to be a great game. Fighting Mack Brown’s Top 2 RBs opted out which is a bummer as we wanted to see UNC run aggies out of the building. Still a really good test and we pick Mack Brown in a close game. . . .hey, we love Mack, despise aggie and we’re shameless homers.
  22. Wanted to take a moment from the hand wringing over CUM's decision to break TEXAS fans hearts and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, on this day 79 years ago. Also, while the movie Pearl Harbor sucked, the scenes from the attack were outstanding and captured well the events of that morning. Also, while we all know about the USS Arizona, I only learned the story of the USS Nevada while steaming out of Pearl Harbor as we deployed to WESTPAC. A great story. On the morning of Dec 7th, the USS Nevada was moored to the northern most spot along battleship row, next to the USS Arizona. The officer of the Deck ordered her 2nd boiler to be lit off, with the intention of shutting down the 1st once the 2nd was up to steam. These two facts are mentioned because they would save the Nevada and she would be the only battleship to get underway that day despite being struck by a Japanese torpedo. See the map below, the USS Nevada tried to run as she returned fire from her anti aircraft guns. She was credited with downing 6 of the 9 Japanese planes shot down that morning. The Nevada began making headway and was gaining speed as she raced for the narrow canal which starts at Hospital Point. About that time, the 2nd wave of attacking planes reached Pearl Harbor and made sinking the Nevada a priority. They hoped to catch the Nevada as she reach the very narrow channel at Hospital Point at the bottom of the map. Realizing this, the Senior officer ordered she be run aground as to not block the channel. It would take 9 months for the Nevada to be refitted but she would serve highly distinguished service in World War II. She would participate in retaking the Aluetian Islands in 1943 then would steam to Europe in support of the D-Day invasions. She would then return to the Pacific where she was part of both the Iwo Jima and Okinawa invasions. When US ships leave Pearl Harbor, they render honors to both the USS Arizona and the USS Nevada.

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