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    Iguana reacted to Jameson McCausland in Quick Thoughts and Takeaways: Texas secures big win in Fort Worth   
    Let's jump straight into it as the Longhorns moved to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.
    Steve Sarkisian was the first person to admit after the game that Texas was very sloppy at times today. The Longhorns settled for field goals far too often in the red zone and struggled mightily to get the passing game going. Despite all that, Texas was able to beat a team they were 2-7 against the previous 9 years. TCU made their fair share of mistakes as well, but this certainly felt like a game Texas would have lost in previous seasons. Bijan Robinson put the Texas offense on his back. The sophomore carried the ball 35 times for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was the best player on the field and Steve Sarkisian showed no hesitation in putting the ball in his hands with the game on the line. If Robinson continues to build on what he's done through the first 5 games of the season, he should be in New York in December.  The Texas receivers struggled today outside of Jordan Whittington. Xavier Worthy had several drops and was a non-factor for most of the afternoon and Joshua Moore was only able to catch 3 passes for 13 yards. Marcus Washington played a good amount and continues to show excellent effort as a blocker, but Texas will need more consistency from the position group moving forward to help out Casey Thompson. Speaking of Thompson, he experienced some struggles today for the first time in his career. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown along with a bad interception. The interception was a bad decision to throw into triple coverage down the field to Xavier Worthy. Worthy was being held on the play and it probably should have been a flag, but Thompson simply can not make that throw. He also forced several other throws into tight windows that could have been picked off. He did rebound nicely to throw a touchdown to Whittington on a RPO early in the 4th quarter. The Texas offensive line had an up and down day, but the biggest storyline was the injury to Denzel Okafor. Once Okafor went down, Kyle Flood opted to slide Derek Kerstetter inside to LG and insert Andrej Karic at RT. Karic had several nice blocks in the running game and appeared to play well off the bench. Pete Kwiatkowski and the Texas defense did enough to get the job done. The Longhorns forced 2 defensive turnovers (the 3rd turnover came on special teams) and should have had another when both DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer had their hands on a Max Duggan pass. Kwiatkowski appeared content with getting TCU to dink and dunk their way down the field while waiting for a mistake and limiting big plays. The plan worked for the most part as the Horned Frogs were unable to push the ball down the field through the air.  The lone sack for the defense came on a strip sack from Anthony Cook on a beautifully called nickel blitz. Cook had another outstanding game and might be the best player in the Texas secondary right now. The defensive line was asked to contain Duggan for much of the game and try to shut down the running game with Zach Evans. Duggan's longest run of the day was 10 yards. Evans had a good game (15 carries for 113 yards) and probably should have received more touches. The one aspect the Texas defense is lacking right now is consistent pass rush from their edge players. It is not likely something that is going to change over the course of the season, so the coaching staff is going to have to make do and lean on their interior defensive line to try to get to the quarterback.  Outside of Bijan Robinson, the MVP for the game should go to Cameron Dicker. The senior was 4/4 on field goals and also averaged 46.5 yards on his two punts. Dicker had been inconsistent to start the year, but Texas needed him to come through today and he delivered. 
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    Iguana reacted to TFloss32 in Conference Realignment Discussion   
    Texas and OU napalming that bridge.
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    Iguana reacted to TexExSpur in Conference Realignment Discussion   
    IT's the home baseball games I'll miss the most.  When not at the Disch, it was my go to.
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    Iguana reacted to Sirhornsalot in Spring Practice Thread   
    OB reporting that Reese Moore is running second team. Reese Moore is at Abilene Christian.
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    Iguana reacted to Sirhornsalot in March Sadness – Recovering from a Storm for the Ages   
    A Pittisporum hedge, probably 20 years old, dying from the winter storm.
    March Sadness – Winter storm leaves us reeling into March
    We all know the unfortunate effects of the recent, historical winter storm. It was devastating in many ways. Homes were flooded. Electricity was lost for days. We’ve heard about most of this unfortunate news for the past week.
    But there was another crisis happening at the same time and we’re not hearing much about it yet – but we will. That’s the devastation left behind in our landscapes.
    Why was this winter event so destructive to our landscapes? We’ve had winter storms before and made it through just fine.
    This storm was historical. It carried with it record low temperatures that frankly, have never happened in my life time here in North Texas. It brought the most unusual “powder snow” and there was no ice at all. All of this was foreign to most of Texas, and the plants that call this state home.
    The low temperatures were one thing. We dipped down to –2 where I live. But the killing blow was the length of time we spent at those incredibly low temperatures. We went three days in the teens, single digits. Wind chills were well below zero.
    Some of our landscape plants simply can’t survive that kind of weather.

    Another casualty.
    Our native Live Oaks, for example, are a story yet to unfold yet here in North Texas. North of DFW is the northern boundary for Live Oaks. And right now, they are in a sad state.
    Normally, this is the time when the famous “Live Oak Molt” begins. This is when tree begins browning and shedding its leaves while growing new ones at the same time. The tree is never really without leaves. The leaf dump takes about three weeks to complete.
    This season will be much different. The existing leaves on the Live Oaks have been damaged by the winter weather. They will drop due to damage, not due to the molt. So we may Live Oaks without leaves, perhaps for a few weeks, which is a site we almost never see in our lifetimes.
    The sad news is, not all of the Live Oaks will survive. There will be fatalities. So sad to see this happen. But we likely won’t know until mid-to-late March whether any given tree is a survivor or not. So please don’t remove your Live Oaks until you’re sure they aren’t coming back. You should at least see buds appearing in the next few weeks.
    All we can do is wait and see.

    A Lorapetalum, dead after the devastating cold.
    Other plants hard hit
    Another landscape plant that was hard hit was the Lorapetalum (aka Chinese Fringe plant) shrub. In one week of damage assessments in North Texas, I can say I have seen only a handful of Lorapetalums that have survived. The rest were dead.
    Pittisporum shrubs and Variegated Pittisporums were also hard hit. I’d say around 85% of the ones I examined this week were dead. The problem with the others is that they were damaged and have lots of brown leaves (freeze burn) on them. These leaves will drop and the plant may look awkward for some time going forward.
    Indian Hawthorns, Sunshine Ligustrum, even Japanese Yews all suffered some damage but in most cases will survive.
    With Palms, it will be a wait and see thing. But for now, I advise you to remove every leaf/limb that is brown. Even if that is every one of them. With Sago Palms, remove the brown fronds. Cut a half inch from the coconut center. Keep an eye on the top of that center because that is where new growth will begin. If that dries hard or becomes mush, it’s dead. But that won’t be known until weeks from now.
    On the other hand, plants that have sailed right through this include most all species of Hollies, Pines, Junipers, Boxwoods and most all deciduous shrubs and trees.
    With perennials, we likely won’t know the extent of that damage until late March. They are in dormancy and more or less look dead anyway this time of year. So for now, I would cut them back and hope for the best.
    So we’ll be faced with some choices in the next month. Are we willing to nurse something back to health when it may never look like it’s supposed to? Or do we replace it? These decisions will not be easy.
    This weather was so extreme that none of the recommendations I make for preparing your landscape would make a difference. Covering shrubs and whatnot can’t stop damage from zero or near-zero temperatures that linger for 2-3 days. So this was a pretty helpless feeling throughout this storm.
    I’ve been asked to put a dollar amount on the damage inflicted on landscapes in DFW and that would be a hard call. I’d say easily into the millions. Landscape-wise, this was a tragic event.
    An Old Texas Wives’ Tale . . .
    According to a popular Old Texas Wives’ Tale, when it snows and stays on the ground for three days, it will snow again before the season is over.
    The snow from the recent storms certainly stayed on the ground for three days. And throughout my life, I have found this saying to ring true for the most part. I have no idea if there’s something to it or just coincidence.
    However, this time, the rule has to apply to most of Texas, which received snow and saw it stay three days. So it would be hard to imagine another widespread event like that repeating itself, even without the harsh temperatures.
    And this leads me to our next subject . . . .
    Don’t Be Too Early . . .
    Every March, I see folks buying up fertilizer, weed & feeds, spring flowers, etc. And in doing this, they are making a big mistake.
    For both applying fertilizer/weed & feeds or planting flowers, wait until April 1 or after to do so. Historically, April 1 is when we see our last freeze or winter weather. We have seen snow here on April 1.
    Applying fertilizer during cold weather when your turf hasn’t fully emerged from dormancy is a big waste of time and product. Turf that isn’t actively growing (but is still green), is not intaking much in the way of nutrients. To get maximum effect from your fertilizer, wait until April 1 or after to put it down. We’ll see some sunny, warm days in March so don’t let yourself be tempted!
    Spring flowers represent an investment for us. Lets face it, they aren’t cheap. So it would be highly discouraging to spend that money only to see them lost in a late season freeze. It’s best to be patient and wait until it’s safe, in April.
    One last item . . .
    It would be very wise to have your sprinkler system checked for breaks, leaks, issues that could have been caused by the recent storm, before we head into the growing season.
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    Iguana reacted to echeese in Best Super Bowl Commercial you likely haven't see (because it never aired)   
    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.
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    Iguana reacted to Randolph Duke in The Cherished Design of the Republic and the State of Texas   
    Today marks 163 years since “the cherished design of the Republic and the State of Texas” was realized and The University of Texas, Texas A&M’s parent institution, was established by the Texas Legislature.
    Today also marks 163 years since the establishment of the Permanent University Fund, the endowment fund overseen by the University of Texas Board of Regents for the benefit of The University and its branch institutions.
    The PUF was initially funded with $100,000 of the money given to Texas via the Compromise of 1850. During the Civil War, the Legislature raided the PUF leaving just $0.58 in cash and a handful of state warrants (IOUs) of dubious value as the fund’s assets.
    The Fourteenth Amendment stated “neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States.” There was extensive discussion whether the warrants held in the PUF were worthless pursuant to this clause. It was left to the Legislature to determine how The University established in 1858 would be funded. This would be worked out and, in 1883, the first institution of higher education in Texas created “Of the people of Texas, by the people of Texas, and for the people of Texas” opened its doors.
    “One star, one state, one University.”
    What started in 1858 “Changed the World.”

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    Iguana reacted to Sirhornsalot in *****NSD 2 Thread*****   
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    Iguana reacted to DBOOK23 in *****NSD 2 Thread*****   
    if y'all wanna see how big of a deal this hire is just go look at mike roach twitter feed, every major HC in dfw has already chimed in
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    Iguana reacted to RunRickyRun in *****NSD 2 Thread*****   
    Look at the bright side we are better off than after mack or strong left.
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    Iguana reacted to primal defense in Steve Sarkisian named head coach at Texas   
    It's a title for Jeff choate usually for more money. PK is the guy. 
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    Iguana reacted to Baron in Steve Sarkisian named head coach at Texas   
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    Iguana reacted to Soldierhorn in *****GAME THREAD: TEXAS vs COLORADO (Valero Alamo Bowl)*****   
    ok... so, where has this secret weapon been hiding?
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    Iguana reacted to TexCoyote in *****Game Thread: TEXAS vs. OU*****   
    The new president has a committee to investigate the history of the Eyes of Texas. I heard the coaches were made to stay. You can flame me all you want but I bet the whole thing is Carrington bitching about having to stay. He been one of the main outspoken one since this started. If he doesn’t like it go work somewhere else. I don’t give a crap. Again we are spending more time on this stuff than getting ready to play football. Texas made a good faith effort with several concessions, but guess what......it’s not good enough. Guess what else.......no matter what they do it won’t be good enough. That’s why I’m ready for all of them to go and any players that don’t like it can go too. I’d give anything to have a degree and get to play football at the University of Texas. But that’s not good enough. We’re all racist. I’d like to see Urban because he’s isn’t going to coddle the players. He’s going to be there to win football games and that’s it. We’re are going to have to have a change of culture because for the last 10 years this hasn’t worked 
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    Iguana reacted to drgilbert in ***⛑ Coronavirus Thread***   
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    Iguana reacted to Donald J Boyles in David Pierce and Co. reel in another one   
    RHP/SS Pierce George started off the summer showing off an upper 80 fast ball and then ended the summer lighting up the radar gun sitting 92-93.
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    Iguana got a reaction from Aaron Carrara in 🎶 The Official HornSports Music Thread   
    LOL was about to post something similar.  I saw Van Halen in Amarillo and they killed it.  Loved Black Sabbath and could not wait.   the only concert I ever left early.  the sound was horrible.  Van Halen made it worth it though. 
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    Iguana got a reaction from tejasrulz in 🎶 The Official HornSports Music Thread   
    LOL was about to post something similar.  I saw Van Halen in Amarillo and they killed it.  Loved Black Sabbath and could not wait.   the only concert I ever left early.  the sound was horrible.  Van Halen made it worth it though. 
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    Iguana reacted to Baron in 🎶 The Official HornSports Music Thread   
    Another one that I considered who I think doesn't get enough credit is David Gilmour.
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    Iguana reacted to tejasrulz in 🎶 The Official HornSports Music Thread   
    Van Halen yes, Sabbath not so much. Guess it was an off night for the boys. This from a person who is a bigger Sabbath fan than a Van Halen fan.
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    Iguana reacted to Baron in 🎶 The Official HornSports Music Thread   
    I'm learning that stuff I hated in my younger days is more appealing to me now. For one, country 🤐
    And what I think is new that I like, ends up being several years to more than a decade old. 🤫
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    Iguana reacted to Aaron Carrara in Texas Five Best Recruiting Classes of All-Time   
    I think Tristen's article was meant to highlight the best classes since team recruiting rankings came into play - modern era.  I think 247Sports started their team rankings in the late 90's.
    All good.
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    Iguana reacted to Tristan Larsen in Texas Five Best Recruiting Classes of All-Time   
    Recruiting defines college football success.
    Fans wait on every breath to see which prospects their school will land. Where will the five-stars go? Who won’t pan out? Who’s the diamond in the rough?
    Recruiting is an essential part of college sports, and a good recruiting class versus a great one can be the difference between an eight-win season and a playoff appearance.
    The Longhorns have had some memorable classes, but below are the five best in modern Texas Football history.
    5. Class of 2010 – What Mack Brown was able to land in 2010 is something to marvel at. Of the 25 hard commits, Brown landed five five-star athletes and an impressive 16-four stars. The average rating of each prospect was an incredible .9390.
    The class was headlined by the linebacker duo of Jordan Hicks and Jackson Jeffcoat. Jeffcoat was a consensus All-American and Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, while Hicks had 248 tackles in his career at Texas.
    This class also had three-star quarterback Case McCoy, four-star guard Trey Hopkins, and four-star athlete Adrian Phillips.
    4. Class of 2001 – The 2001 class landed just one five-star prospect but it was a good one. Midland Lee running back Cedric Benson continued the success first laid by Texas greats Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.
    Benson won the Doak Walker Award in 2004, was third-team All-Big-12 as a freshman, second-team as a sophomore, and first-team as a junior and senior. He finished his career with 5,540 yards and 67 offensive touchdowns. He ran for over 1,000 yards every season of his Texas career.
    Other notable commits were four-star linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Michael Huff, who actually had zero stars via 247Sports. Johnson won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2004 along with being a two-time consensus All-American.
    Huff, on the other hand, won the Jim Thorpe award in 2005 along with being a unanimous All-American and two-time first-team All-Big-12.
    3. Class of 2004 – The class of 2004 landed multiple five-star defenders with defensive tackle Frank Okam and safety Drew Kelson. Okam was a key part of the 2005 national championship game and registered a sack against USC. He also was a two-time member of the second-team All-Big-12.
    The two big names in the class though were four-star wide receiver Jordan Shipley and four-star linebacker Brian Orakpo.
    Shipley had an outstanding career at Texas that peaked in his final two seasons. In 2008 he had 89 receptions for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 2009 season was even better with an absurd 116 receptions for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns. He won the Paul Warfield Trophy that year and was a consensus All-American.
    Orakpo recorded 132 tackles, 38 for a loss with 22 sacks, and six forced fumbles in his career with the Longhorns. He was a unanimous All-American in 2008 and won the Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
    2. Class of 2005 – College football recruiters enjoy finding the diamonds in the rough. Colt McCoy was just a three-star prospect that wasn’t highly recruited, but Mack Brown saw enough to offer him a scholarship.  The rest is history.
    Looking at only star ratings, 2005 was far from Texas’s best class. Only one five-star recruit and the number 13 ranked class in the nation. But, most all of the player performed well for the Longhorns. McCoy, if not for Vince Young, is the best quarterback in Longhorns history.
    The class of 2005 offense was also led by four-star Jamaal Charles and four-star Jermichael Finley. Charles was second-team All-Big-12 as a freshman in 2005 and a first-team in selection in 2007. He finished his career with 3,328 yards rushing and 36 rushing touchdowns on over six yards a carry.
    While Finley only played two years at Texas he was productive early and often, starting as a freshman and sophomore. He caught 76 passes for 946 yards and five touchdowns in his career as a Longhorn.
    1. Class of 2002 – To put it bluntly, this class is legendary. For starters, Mack Brown landed a ridiculous four five-star prospects, including quarterback Vince Young who had a perfect 247Sports Composite rating. Their other five-star prospects? Justin Blalock,  Bryan Pickryl, and Rodrique Wright. Blalock was the first Longhorn to start 50 consecutive games. He was also a unanimous All-American as well as the Big-12 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
    Rodrique Wright was a machine as well as a consensus All-American. He was also First-Team All-Big-12 in 2005 during Texas’s national championship run.
    Other notable names in this class were three-star Brian Robison, four-star Aaron Ross, three-star Lyle Sendlein, and four-star David Thomas.
    Robison started every game for the 2005 Longhorns and led the team in sacks. Ross was the Jim Thorpe award winner in 2006. Sendlein started his final 26 games including making the All-Big-12 team twice and Thomas broke school records for receptions, touchdowns, and yards by a tight end.
    These are just some of the legends that made up the 2005 National Championship team.  It wouldn’t be possible without Texas’s best class of all-time.
    The post Texas Five Best Recruiting Classes of All-Time appeared first on HornSports.
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