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Harrison Wier

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  1. Ask and you shall receive. You guys really want to get this going early, huh? Texas opened as 11-point underdogs to Georgia, but the line will shrink some. This will be a great way to measure just how improved the Horns are. Get your picks in, ya filthy animals.
  2. At this point based on what we’ve heard, Jones and Johnson are leaning towards staying. The only major threat is LJH. He’s truly torn at this moment.
  3. Really can’t have it against the No. 1 offense in the country.
  4. Texas came up short today against the Sooners. The Longhorns had plenty of opportunities, but couldn't capitalize. Texas fought hard, but ultimately Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense did just enough to get the win in Arlington. Texas will now have to wait and see where it will go bowling later in December. They are destined for either the Alamo Bowl against Utah/Washington State or the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, Florida, or LSU (depending on the results of the SEC Championship. Here are some thoughts about the game. Lack of run production It's hardly ever great when your quarterback has the most rushing yards for your offense in the biggest game of the year. Sam Ehlinger had 42 yards rushing, averaging 2.8 YPC. Tre Watson had 39 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Oklahoma defense is statistically one of the worst run defenses in the country, and Texas could not take advantage. The Texas offensive line did not have a great performance today, and it showed by the lack of a rushing attack. This lack of rushing led to predictability in the Texas offense, which helped Oklahoma make several key stops throughout the game. It appears that bringing in David Beaty, who put up 40 points on Oklahoma and had a freshman running back put up crazy numbers, did not help the Texas offense much. Offense's failure to capitalize costed Texas Texas had several opportunities throughout the game to build a double digit lead, but never capitalized. At the beginning of the game, Texas had a chance to go up 21-6, and couldn't capitalize. Oklahoma quickly surged back and scored 21-unanswered points to lead 27-14 at one point. Later on, with Texas trailing by three, Gary Johnson forced a huge fumble by Cedee Lamb to give Texas another chance to garner the lead. Two plays later, Tre Brown came untouched on a corner blitz and sacked Sam Ehlinger for a safety. There were several other opportunities for Texas to capitalize, but they just continued to stall in key moments. That can't happen when you're playing the best offense in the country. Todd Orlando's unit did the best they could, and holding Oklahoma to 39 points is usually enough against the Sooners' defense. Not today. Penalties There was no doubt some atrocious penalties against Texas in this game. As I've stated before, this is going to be a huge factor that determines whether Texas stays in the Big 12. Instead of focusing on whether horns up or down should be a penalty, maybe Bob Bowlsby should focus on fixing this referee problem. Somehow it's gotten worse since Big 12 Head of Officiating Walt Anderson went to the NFL. Can't believe that's the case. With that being said, Texas had some really boneheaded penalties. Kris Boyd, specifically, did not have a great day penalty-wise. The senior CB got burned on several deep balls and was flagged for DPI. He also had a facemask penalty that negated an interception and a horse collar that was offset by an Oklahoma penalty. Anytime a team has over 100 yards in penalties, that's tough to overcome. The Texas defense had some penalties that extended Oklahoma drives and resulted in points. The Texas offense had some key penalties that killed drives, which just can't happen against the No. 1 offense in the country. This has been an issue for Texas all season, and is certainly something that Tom Herman is disappointed about following the loss. Kyler Murray can ball Love him or hate him, Kyler Murray is absolutely electric. Texas did a pretty solid job of playing contain the entire game. Even then, Murray was able to create plays out of nothing frequently. I don't know if I've seen a quarterback that's more elusive or fast as Murray since Michael Vick played at Virginia Tech. Granted, Murray had pretty much all day to throw due to Todd Orlando attempting to drop 8 and rush 3; regardless of pass rush, he's an elite playmaker. For a quarterback that's only 5'9, he has an elite feel for the pocket and is dangerously accurate. The Texas defense did about all they could today to give the offense a chance. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough. The only thing the defense could have done better on was something they've struggled with all year — get off the field on third down. Oklahoma had a great conversion rate today, and it's something that ultimately led to Texas' demise. Todd Orlando will have to clean that up in the offseason, as it costed Texas some games earlier in the season. Bowl game looms large It will be interesting to see how this team responds to this loss. Will they come out flat in the bowl game, or will they get up and ring in a solid performance? Time will tell, and it will show how much Tom Herman's culture has been engrained in the Texas program. Texas will either be placed in the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA) or Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX). Obviously, many fans would prefer to see Texas in the Sugar Bowl. If the Longhorns travel to New Orleans, they will likely play Georgia (unless the Bulldogs beat Alabama in today's SEC Championship). That would be a tough matchup for Texas, but also gives Tom Herman a chance to show how well his team can stay with the best of the best. If Oklahoma doesn't get into the CFP and goes to the Sugar Bowl, Texas will face either Washington state or Utah in the Alamo Bowl. That's a much more favorable matchup, but Washington State will be tough to beat. Either way, this Texas team has come a long way from where it was several years ago. Texas fans should be proud of this team's accomplishments and should be excited for the future.
  5. The Horns played an overall atrocious game tonight. It’s rather mind blowing that Shaka Smart keeps sticking to a game plan that shoots 33% from the floor and 50% on free throws. Here are the final stats: Kerwin Roach II: 2/12, 7 1/7 3-pt FGs D. Osetkowski: 4/15, 9 pts, 17 reb J. Sims: 6/9, 16 pts, 8 reb
  6. Absolutely. I think this is Texas' best chance to get another one. Especially if they play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
  7. Texas faces Oklahoma more than once in a single season for the first time since 1903. In their first meeting, the Longhorns played spoiler to Oklahoma's undefeated season and came out on top 48-45 thanks to a last-second field goal by Cameron Dicker. The rematch means much more, however. Texas once again has a chance to play spoiler; this time, it can spoil Oklahoma's chances to attend the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma has solidified itself as the No. 1 offense in the country, but the Texas is much improved since the two teams last met in October. Our staff weighs in on the possibility of Texas beating Oklahoma twice in one season: Daniel Seahorn Beating OU once was a tall task in the Cotton Bowl. Beating them a second time in Dallas will be an even harder goal to achieve. It will be tough for both teams to catch each other off guard in this matchup given the familiarity they have with one another, but I have a feeling we will see the twists and turns we’ve grown accustomed to in the Red River Rivalry. It’s a given that both offenses are going score plenty in this matchup. Oklahoma’s defensive struggles are well documented coming into this one, and the Texas defense has had its issues as well this season. I’m betting we won’t be seeing the punters too often. The key is going to be which defense can come up with some timely turnovers or stops and give their offense the upper hand. In the first act we saw Kyler Murray turn the ball over twice, and we saw the Oklahoma defense force two key turnovers against West Virginia that ended up being the difference. Both units are capable of being opportunistic, but will they prove to be when they are in position to make the plays? We shall see on Saturday. So now comes decision time. This is essentially a coin flip decision for me. I think this has a chance to come down to who has the ball last — similar to the first matchup. I’m going to gamble this week and show a little faith in the Longhorns. I’m taking the Longhorns to win in another shootout and to knock off the Sooners for the second time this year. It won’t be the prettiest, but pretty wins don’t matter this time of year. Just win baby. Prediction: Texas 50 Oklahoma 48 Jameson McCausland Tom Herman hasn’t been shy about admitting that this Texas team is currently overachieving. Not many expected Texas to be in this position, and no one expected it after Week 1. The Longhorns have defied the odds and are now 1 win away from their first conference championship since 2009. The biggest factor in this game that I don’t think many people are taking into account is Texas has Malcolm Roach back. Roach missed the October matchup due to a foot injury. Roach’s presence along the defensive line has been felt since his return, especially in the last few weeks. I think Texas will come up with just enough stops on defense, and the Longhorns offense will punish an Oklahoma defense that pretty much solely relies on turnovers as their only form of stops. Call me crazy, but I think Texas gets their biggest win in almost a decade. Prediction: Texas 42, Oklahoma 38 Aaron Carrara The old saying about never wanting to play a team twice in a season, especially one that you beat, holds true in this case. The Longhorns handed the Sooners their only loss of the season back in October, but all Oklahoma has done since is win — and put up incredibly impressive offensive numbers. Texas has had spurts of “wowing” on offense, but not to the level of Kyler Murray and his offense. This is a rivalry game, but it has a different feel. No Cotton Bowl, no hallowed ground, etc. Texas keeps it close in the first half but the Sooners end up pulling away in the 4th quarter to win this one. Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Texas 38 Harrison Wier Texas has improved by a good margin on both sides of the ball since they last met Oklahoma in October. Oklahoma has improved offensively, but not defensively. If Texas were fully healthy coming into this matchup, my prediction would likely be different. However, Sam Ehlinger is still nursing an AC sprain in his shoulder and won't be 100% come Saturday. Brandon Jones is going to play on a sprained ankle. Keaontay Ingram and Tre Watson are banged up. The list goes on and on. Fortunately for Texas, the injuries won't slow them down much. They have a desire and passion that knows no bounds. This game will be a fight, I just don't believe the Texas defense will generate enough stops in the end. Have I been wrong? Yes. In fact, more so than anyone else this season. This team has proven me wrong time and time again, so why should tomorrow be any different? It may not be. If Texas can continue its offensive momentum from October's matchup and force Kyler Murray into making mistakes, Breckyn Hager will finally get to pull out the hair clippers. Prediction: Oklahoma 45, Texas 42
  8. Mack Brown has backed out of hiring Greg Robinson, reportedly. Yikes. https://247sports.com/college/north-carolina/Article/Greg-Robinson-No-Longer-Option-for-UNC-Defensive-Coordinator-Role--125626761/
  9. Not much to see right now. If Cain decides to not attend Texas, he’s certainly someone to keep an eye on.
  10. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA Originally thought of as a question mark coming into 2018, Texas’ catching position became a bastion of strength over the course of the year. Senior DJ Petrinsky was the driving force behind the success after fighting off redshirt senior Michael McCann on his way to becoming one of the conference’s best full-time catching hitters and most lethal arms behind the plate. After playing for two years at Hill College, Petrinsky arrived at Texas with an immediate chance to start. Known more for his bat than his defensive prowess, Petrinsky delivered with his consistency and his power. Over the course of 51 games, Petrinsky hit .257 and slugged .452, tacking on nine home runs to go with his 29 RBI. Defensively, he progressed in a big way over the length of the season. He threw out 26 of 61 runners for just under 43%, and got more consistent with each and every game. In 2019, he will be relied on as a star and will likely be a middle-of-the-order staple that should find himself closer to the clean-up spot than the seven hole he hit in last year. Head coach David Pierce even went as far as to say he could be the team’s best hitter. “I’ve just been really proud of DJ Petrinsky,” Pierce said. “[Petrinsky] could potentially be our best hitter. And he has a calmness to him with this young staff and could be the MVP of this group because of his disposition and his demeanor.” Backing up Petrinsky will be a familiar face in McCann, who has been relied on more for his leadership ability and his locker room presence than on-field play. That doesn’t mean he won’t get a shot at more playing time this year, though, especially with a position at first base being open after the graduation of Jake McKenzie — who dabbles more in oil and gas these days than he does PFPs and on-base percentages. Pierce said that McCann is no doubt an option to get some looks at first and mentioned his name along with a plethora of others that are vying for time at the position. Beyond the two recognizable names are a pair of redshirt freshmen in Austin-native Jordan Landel and Houston-native Turner Gauntt, followed by lone true freshman Caston Peter. While none of these names may get a hefty amount of playing time in 2019, they will all have a chance to compete for the starting catcher position in 2020. Just for fun if we were to look forward to the 2020 season, catcher would be the most open position on the roster with six players who have little to zero experience collegiately vying for the spot. The three recently signed catchers, Silas Ardoin, Cameron Constantine and Peyton Powell are all highly touted prospects who will have the opportunity to seize the position fresh out of high school. While Constantine may be the most athletic of the bunch, Ardoin would hold the slight favorite to take over if bets were placed today. “[Ardoin] is a very polished catch-and-throw type catcher that really understands the positon,” Assistant coach Sean Allen said. “His father was a big-league catcher and you can tell [Ardoin] has grown up around the game. With his advanced approach to the game we look forward to getting [Ardoin] on campus.” Barring a significant change, expect Petrinsky to see the field as the everyday catcher and thrive even more than he did in 2018. Not only will his defense likely see a significant improvement, there’s a great chance he could be a double-digit home run guy and possibly lead the team in RBI in 2019.
  11. Most likely scenario. He's struggled with grades.
  12. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND The Good McCulloch and Ossai When it was announced prior to kickoff that Gary Johnson was suspended for a violation of team rules, it meant Jeff McCulloch would slide over to the rover linebacker position and freshman Joseph Ossai would make his first career start at B-backer. Both played very well, with McCulloch pulling down a huge interception and being very active in the run game. Ossai showed many of the traits that made him a highly rated recruit in the 2018 cycle. Many fans are beginning to wonder what Texas will do at linebacker next year without Johnson and Anthony Wheeler, but it appears the Longhorns could be in good hands if McCulloch and Ossai continue to develop. Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram continue to chip away on the ground It is difficult to imagine what the Texas running game would look like this year if Tom Herman wouldn’t have reeled in Tre Watson as a graduate transfer. Watson provided another solid performance, gaining 79 yards on 14 carries. Ingram, despite being slightly banged up with injuries, turned his 13 carries into 51 yards. Texas will need both backs to be fully ready to go against an Oklahoma defense that is sinking fast and basically has resorted to turnovers as their only form of getting stops. The message this week will likely emphasize ball security and taking the chunk gains that the Sooners defense has allowed all season. The Bad Sam Ehlinger is human The streak is finally over. For the first time since Maryland, Sam Ehlinger played a game that left a lot to be desired. There is little doubt he was still fighting through the shoulder injury he suffered against Iowa State, but #11 finished the game with a pair of interceptions and a few more throws that were head scratchers. Ehlinger will surely benefit from the extra day of rest and preparation for the Big 12 Championship, and Texas will need him to perform like he did at the State Fair a couple months ago if they want to come out victorious. The Ugly Special Teams struggles Aside from a Cameron Kicker field goal, it was a day to forget for the Longhorns special team units. Dicker had two kickoffs go out of bounds and the coverage unit gave up another long return that was bailed out by a review for a fair catch signal. The kickoff return unit was not much better. I am not sure what the success rate is for onside kicks, but I do know team are converting far more than the average against Texas. Additional miscues came courtesy of the punt return unit, where Brandon Jones let two punts roll inside the 5 yard line, then was blown up on an attempted return near midfield that resulted in him exiting with a head injury. Style Points One of the main takeaways from Tom Herman’s second season is the Longhorns have not been able to pull away in any game and win comfortably, especially against inferior opponents. Texas fans would much rather see wins than losses, but one of the next steps for Tom Herman will be getting his team to a point where they can step on people’s throats when presented the opportunity.
  13. This is not part of the Coop Gift Card sweepstakes, which ended with Kansas. This is simply for fun. Get your picks in!
  14. With a trip to the Big 12 Championship on the line, Texas travels to Lawrence to turn an opportunity into reality. Last time the Longhorns traveled to Lawrence... well, we don't need to get into that. With Sam Ehlinger back at quarterback, Texas is surely feeling confident about its chances. The Longhorns must be careful, however, as Kansas truly has nothing to lose. Our staff predicts the result of the final regular season game: Daniel Seahorn (5-6) This one is pretty straight forward. Win on Friday and the Longhorns are heading to the Big 12 title game and are a step closer to re-emerging on the national stage. It’s all right in front of this Texas team, and all that stands in their way is a revenge game in Lawrence. The fact that this game is any sort of revenge game probably makes Longhorn fans cringe, but here we are. The last trip to Lawrence doesn’t need any rehashing and I’m sure this group doesn’t need any reminders. Many of them were there and witnessed the debacle first hand, and now have a chance to not only make it right, but to move the program a step closer to a Big 12 championship. While this Jayhawk team has only notched one conference win, they won’t be taken lightly in Austin. They just put up 40 in Norman (while also giving up 55) and running back Pooka Williams Jr. had a monster day. He is now north of 1,000 yards on the season. Slowing him down will be the tallest task for the Texas defense heading into the matchup. With Sam Ehlinger likely starting at quarterback, I still feel confident in saying this chapter will end much more favorably for Texas than the previous one in Lawrence. On top of that the Longhorn defense is fresh off one of their best performances of the season against Iowa State, and that confidence will be huge heading into this one. I’m predicting a double digit win for the Longhorns and a trip to the Big 12 Championship. Prediction: Texas 38, Kansas 21 Jameson McCausland (7-4) I don’t expect this to be an easy game for Texas at all. Kansas has nothing to lose. Their coach has already been told he will be let go, and they won’t be going to a bowl game. I fully expect to see Kansas empty out the playbook with every trick play imaginable, because why not? Teams are typically dangerous when they play with the mindset of having nothing to lose. If Sam Ehlinger is able to play in this game, I feel confident the Longhorns will be able to pull away in the second half. I think Todd Orlando made the necessary adjustments last week after several bad games and it will carry over into Friday afternoon. This one may be closer than most think, but Texas will notch its 9th victory of the season and punch their ticket to the conference championship game. Prediction: Texas 31, Kansas 17 Aaron Carrara (9-2) Texas hits the road in its regular season finale to face an improved Kansas Jayhawks team. Sam Ehlinger has a banged up shoulder but is expected to start. A win gets Texas into the Big 12 Championship Game next weekend to face wither Oklahoma or West Virginia. The Longhorns found their stride on defense last week against Iowa State and they will need another stout performance on Friday. Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. ripped Oklahoma’s defense for 252 yards on the ground last week, and Texas will need to be prepared to stop the run. The Longhorns are banged up as a whole, but this is a must-win for Tom Herman and Texas. The weather forecast calls for cold and rain in Lawrence, but Texas pushes through and holds on to win their 9th game of the season. Prediction: Texas 35, Kansas 24 Harrison Wier (4-7) I've been adamant this season about Texas proving they are an improved program. They've done that this year. All that stands in the way of a trip to the Big 12 Championship is a road trip to Lawrence to face the Kansas Jayhawks. With Sam Ehlinger likely starting at quarterback, much of the worries about facing Kansas should be subdued. The Jayhawks defense leaves much to be desired, and is especially subject against the run. The only big concern is how the Texas defense will fair against freshman phenom running back Pooka Williams Jr. The freshman torched Oklahoma for 200+ rushing yards last week, and has more than 1,000 on the season. If Texas can limit Williams Jr., the Kansas offense is extremely one dimensional. Todd Orlando showed that he could make positive adjustments last weekend, and I expect more of the same on Friday. With several players on the roster that know how the trip to Lawrence in 2016 turned out, Kansas will not be taken lightly. Ultimately, Texas should pull away in the second half and notch their first trip to the Big 12 Championship since 2009. Prediction: Texas 38, Kansas 28
  15. Defensive Line Defensive tackle Daniel Wise may be the best player on the Kansas defense. Wise has 4 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss on the season. Zach Shackelford, Patrick Vahe and Elijah Rodriguez held up very well against a tough Iowa State defensive line, so it’s hard to imagine Wise giving them too much trouble. Whenever the Kansas defensive line is matched up against at least an average offensive line, they have played poorly. Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas Tech imposed their will at the line of scrimmage. It would be surprising if Texas wasn’t able to do the same. Linebacker Senior linebackers Joe Dineen Jr. and Keith Loneker Jr. have combined for almost 200 tackles and are very active around the ball. Both players have been forced to make a lot of plays at the second level. An important thing to note when it comes to the Kansas run defense is when it rains, it pours. Whenever teams have success against the Jayhawks on the ground, it comes in bunches and the yards start to pile up quickly. Even an 80% healthy Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram should be enough for Texas to get up around the 200-yard rushing mark. Defensive Back No. 1 corner Shakial Taylor has had a very solid year, recording 2 interceptions and forcing a fumble. Where Texas will really have an advantage is the other side of the field, where freshman Corione Harris holds down the other corner position. Harris made headlines during his recruitment as being one of the first 4-star recruits to ever commit to Kansas. Teams tend to target Harris more than his senior counterpart, and that trend should continue on Friday afternoon. Hasan Defense and Mike Lee hold down the two safety positions. Both are solid players. Regardless of who starts at quarterback for Texas, the Longhorns should have success moving the ball through the air. Lil’ Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson were freshmen when the Longhorns visited Lawrence in 2016, with neither recording a catch. Both receivers are now playing at a high level, and Texas will need to take advantage of the mismatches.
  16. Last game of the regular season, which means after this, we will find out who our $100 Coop Gift Card winner is! Get your picks in.
  17. I’m not nearly as experienced as Daniel at evaluations, but when I watched Warren’s film I understood why Daniel was so amped. This kid is good.
  18. Apparently the Big 12 Conference Handbook required OU to report the comments. If that's the case, the rules need to be amended — especially for comments like Hager's.
  19. Pretty much. He also said "well, OU has no defense" in regards to KU putting up 40 points on them.
  20. Breckyn Hager has been publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 for his negative comments about OU following Saturday's win, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced today. “Breckyn Hager violated the Conference rule that prohibits coaches, student-athletes, athletic department staff and university personnel from making negative comments about other member institutions for his remarks about the University of Oklahoma,” said Bowlsby. “This is Mr. Hager’s second violation of the Conference sportsmanship rules and therefore, he is receiving a public reprimand and will be expected to issue a public apology for his inappropriate comments.” Expect a public apology soon from Hager.
  21. Agreed. I imagine the staff will see how he fills out once he gets there and go from there. He's developed into a nice pass rusher as well. The DL class is starting to look solid.
  22. Commitment spotlight on Warren is up for those interested. This one came out of left field, but good pick up for the Horns.

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