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  1. It's never as bad or as good as you think. That's what coaches will always tell you when they go back and look at the film from games, practices, and scrimmages. Today's spring game provided us with the good, bad, and the ugly of the Texas Longhorn football team from the big plays made on both sides of the ball to the lack of quality depth at some key positions. Here are some of my takeaways from Texas' final scrimmage of the spring, as they prepare to head into the summer portion of the calendar. One of the biggest and most notable things was the play of Shane Buechele today. Buechele was sharp, crisp, and accurate for majority of the scrimmage and while he had the one interception he didn’t make many bad passes or decisions out there and was impressive. Buechele finished 23 of 39 for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Ehlinger on the other hand a rough go throughout the day and much of it can be attributed to the fact that the second team offensive line didn’t protect him well at all. While the numbers weren’t great and he definitely looked like a kid who just graduated from high school, he flashed at times and made some nice throws. Ehlinger finished the day 10 of 31 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown. All things considered, Buechele seems to be much further along right now and looked more comfortable out there today. Herman mentioned that they are still in the hunt for a grad transfer and I think that would be ideal so that Ehlinger can redshirt. I think that would be most beneficial in the long run. Freshman running back Toneil Carter received the bulk of the carries today with injuries piling up and while he ran hard and broke some tackles I was a little underwhelmed. He also put the ball on the ground and as Tom Herman noted will have to improve in pass protection. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the state of the running back position. I think they need to be checking the waiver wire for a back as well personally. While the first team offensive line held up well and protected Buechele, the second team unit had a very forgettable day at the office and had Ehlinger running for his life for most of the day. Depth on the OL is going to be a concern and coaches probably hope they won’t have to give Terrell Cuney meaningful snaps anytime soon. The wide receiver threesome of Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey is going to give defenses headaches. Johnson looked as advertised and tallied two touchdown catches, Humphrey made a grown man touchdown catch over Kris Boyd, and Duvernay had a nice catch run as well. A nice surprise today was Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, who consistently got open and moved the chains and you also have to mention Dorian Leonard. This group is deep and talented and is only going to get better with time. While the second team defense surrendered plenty of yardage to the offense, the first team defense absolutely terrorized the second team offensive line and Sam Ehlinger. The sacks and pressures came in bunches for Todd Orlando’s first team defense, and it no doubt gave the offensive coaches plenty of things to coach up going into the summer. Jordan Elliott notched at least two sacks today during the scrimmage. If he gets his weight down and keeps coming along he is going to be quite the player. Jeff McCulloch notched a nice sack against a future first round pick in Connor Williams and continues to get better. I bet we will see a lot of The Shark in the fall. Chris Brown notched himself a pick against Shane Buechele and also had the big hit of scrimmage along the sideline on Toneil Carter on a swing pass. Brown was a big hitter in high school and continues to lay the wood in Austin. Eric Cuffee had a rough day at the office. He got picked on a bit throughout the game and he also took the worst of a collision with Toneil Carter. Anyone else listen to how Herman talked about the upgraded lockers when asked about it during the scrimmage? He’s definitely aware of the gap in facilities between Texas and schools in close proximity to Austin. Love that Herman tried to ice Josh Rowland during a spring game to try to throw him off. Rowland went 3 for 4 today with his lone miss coming from 49 yards out. Also love that Herman didn’t end the scrimmage in a tie and had the first team offense and defense go at it on 4th down at the two yard line. Constantly putting the players in a position to compete. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. My UT athletics app just updated and the new roster is in there. This is a UT affiliated app so I assume the weights/heights listed are from the Texas football staff. Some eye-opening ones I noticed (in bold): 1. Connor Williams – 6'6, 320 lbs (yeah!) 2. Cam Townsend – 6'1, 225 lbs 3. Charles Omenihu – 6'7, 270 lbs. 4. Tristan Nickelson – 6'10, 315 lbs (can he play hoops?) 5. Jeffrey McCollough – 6'3, 245 lbs 6. Breckyn Hager – 6'4, 245 lbs 7. Erick Fowler – 6'2, 260 lbs 8. D'Andre Christmas – 6'2, 315 lbs (he was listed as 6'4 as a recruit) 9. Shane Buechele – 6'2, 205 lbs (yeah!) 10. Dorian Leonard – 6'5, 210 lbs (grown an inch since at UT)
  3. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ We expect to see some movement on the offensive coaching front this week. The first chip to fall was the exit of Ohio State from the CFB playoff. With the Buckeyes bounced in the first round of competition, it opens up an avenue for OSU Co-OC Tim Beck to head to Austin. Beck is the name with the most steam behind it so far, so let’s learn a little more about him. The Youngstown, Ohio native worked his way through the high school level in Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Beck made stops at RL Turner High School, and Mansfield Summit in the DFW area before moving to the college level. He got his first major break as a member of Mark Mangino’s staff at Kansas. Beck started as the wide receiver coach in Lawrence, and he was promoted to passing game coordinator in 2007, which was the year the Jayhawks went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl. Beck moved on to Nebraska under Bo Pelini in 2008 as the running backs coach, and in 2011 he replaced Shawn Watson as offensive coordinator for the Huskers. Beck then moved on to Ohio State after Tom Herman took the Houston job. His history is a bit mixed as a play caller, but Beck is regarded as a good coach, and a strong recruiter. Beck is largely responsible for the Buckeye presence in Texas this year. He was a big player in the recruitment of Baron Browning and JK Dobbins, and Marvin Wilson is a big fan of his as well. He’s also the lead recruiter for Jeff Okudah, who is likely headed to the Buckeyes. Over his time as a recruiter he landed five-star quarterback Emory Jones, as well as four-star quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins, and Tate Martell. Beck has a strong relationship with Herman, and this potential hire fits the vertical alignment that Herman spoke about in his first press conference. +++++ The running backs coaching position is also open, and the path is clear there for Herman to go after former Urban Meyer assistant Stan Drayton. Drayton is currently employed as the running backs coach for the Chicago Bears. The Bears' season ended on Sunday, and Drayton is now free to be pursued. Drayton has bounced in between the collegiate and professional level with stops at Eastern Michigan, Penn, Villanova, Bowling Green, the Green Bay Packers, and Mississippi State. In 2005 he landed at Florida with Urban Meyer. In his time at Florida he was known as one of Meyer’s top recruiters. After several more moves he joined Ohio State as a wide receivers coach, and was moved to running backs when Urban Meyer took over the following year. During his time coaching he was responsible for the recruitment of Chris Rainey, Curtis Samuel, Ezekiel Elliott, Cam Newton, Riley Cooper, Mike Pouncey, and Maurkice Pouncey. There has been less talk around the running back coaching position, but we believe that Drayton is the top target based on what we’ve heard. +++++ We’re going to take a bit of a different angle on the recruiting forecast this week. Since we last brought you Burnt Ends there have been a few commitments. Tonight we will take a look at the class numbers and try to finish things off for you to the best of our ability. Quarterback Need: 1-2 Committed: Sam Ehlinger – Westlake On the radar: None While we believe the Longhorns could take another quarterback in this class, they aren’t going to risk upsetting their prize recruit. Ehlinger fits this offense well, and he’s been a leader in the recruiting class so far. Prediction to finish: Sam Ehlinger Running Back Need: 2 Committed: Toneil Carter – Langham Creek, Daniel Young – Spring Westfield On the radar: None Texas filled their needs at the position quickly with thunder (Young) and lighting (Carter). It appears they are closing up shop on the position with their current haul. Prediction to finish: Toneil Carter, Daniel Young Wide Receiver Need: 3-4 Committed: Damion Miller – John Tyler On the radar: Charleston Rambo – Cedar Hill, Omar Manning – Lancaster, CeeDee Lamb – Richmond Foster, Jamire Calvin – Los Angeles Cathedral, Jordan Pouncey – Winter Park (FL). Texas has an explosive threat in Damion Miller, and they’d love to land a receiver with size (Manning, Lamb, Pouncey), explosion (Calvin), or a technician that can do it all (Rambo). The Longhorns still feel good about their chances with Manning, but they are on the outside with a number of other prospects. Pouncey is expected to visit in January, and if they can get Rambo or Lamb on campus those situations could improve. Prediction to finish: Damion Miller, Omar Manning, unknown Tight End Need: 2 Committed: Cade Brewer – Lake Travis, Reese Leitao – Jenks On the radar: None Texas landed both of their targets in the late part of the cycle, and the Longhorns have what they need to start building depth into one of the bigger waste lands on the roster. Prediction to finish: Cade Brewer, Reese Leitao Offensive Line Need: 2-3 Committed: Derek Kerstetter – San Antonio Reagan On the radar: Grant Polley – Denton We expect another target to emerge in January (keep an eye on Frisco Independence OL Jason Moore), but luckily the Longhorns took a big class in the last cycle. Texas landed Kerstetter, and the talk behind the scenes is trending well for Polley. Prediction to finish: Derek Kerstetter, Grant Polley Defensive End Need: 2-3 Committed: Taquon Graham – Temple On the radar: K’Lavon Chaisson – North Shore, Ryan Johnson – Mobile (AL) Saint Paul, Bryan Jones – Baton Rouge (LA) Madison Prep Texas lost long time DE commitment Lagaryonn Carson due to academic troubles, but they find themselves in a good position for Chaisson, Jones, and Johnson. Chaisson will decide between Texas and LSU, and he is a fit right away as a rush end in Orlando’s 3-4. Graham is still being pressed from Oklahoma, but Texas has a chance to shut the door quickly after the dead period. Auburn is the front-runner for Johnson, but Texas is running second and Auburn is filling up. Prediction to finish: Taquon Graham, K’Lavon Chaisson, Bryan Jones/Ryan Johnson Defensive Tackle Need: 1-2 Committed: None On the radar: Marvin Wilson – Bellaire Episcopal, Damion Daniels – Bishop Dunne Texas was fortunate to take a big group last year, and they could find themselves grasping at straws this year. Marvin Wilson left Texas out of his top 5, and Daniels has never shown much interest. Texas might need to look to the JUCO level if they want to take an inside guy. Prediction to finish: None/JUCO Linebacker Need: 2-3 Committed: None On the radar: Marqez Bimage – Brenham, Levi Jones – Westlake The Longhorns have a big need at inside linebacker, but they struck out so far. There are some secondary targets they could go after, or Bimage could figure in there. Prediction to finish: Marqez Bimage. Defensive Back Need: 3-4 Committed: Kobe Boyce – Lake Dallas, Josh Thompson – Nacogdoches, Montrell Estell – Hooks On the radar: Kendall Sheffield – Blinn, Chevin Calloway – Bishop Dunne, Kameron Curl – Muskogee (OK), Kary Vincent Jr (Port Arthur Memorial) Texas has most of their defensive back class together, but the position versatility of guys like Josh Thompson could allow them to take on extra numbers at corner or safety. Calloway is the most likely of the bunch, but Arkansas remains the big threat there. Things are starting turn with Sheffield, and he might end up at Texas if A&M decides to just back out of it completely. Prediction to finish: Josh Thompson, Kobe Boyce, Montrell Estell, Kendall Sheffield Kicker Need: 1 Committed: Joshua Rowland – East Mississippi CC The first commit of the Tom Herman era might be a big one if Rowland can nail down the kicking job this fall. Prediction to finish: Joshua Rowland Predicted Class (19) QB – Sam Ehlinger RB – Toneil Carter RB – Daniel Young WR – Damion Miller WR – Omar Manning WR – Unknown TE – Reese Leitao TE – Cade Brewer OL – Derek Kerstetter OL – Grant Polley DE – K’Lavon Chaisson DE – Taquon Graham DE – Bryan Jones/Ryan Johnson LB – Marqez Bimage DB – Kobe Boyce DB – Josh Thompson DB – Montrell Estell DB – Kendall Sheffield K – Joshua Rowland
  4. The news that Major Applewhite would be the new head coach at Houston threw a wrench in my work on this breakdown, but it turned out to be a bit of a blessing. I had watched eight Houston games and, after weeks of reading everywhere about Tom Herman's power run attack, I was very confused: There was a fair amount of Power Read, but I had seen Power-O less than a handful of times. But then I flipped on some 2012-14 Ohio State and, miraculously, there was Power-O (and a lot of other stuff more interesting than what Houston was doing). Texas is going to run a lot of Power-O in 2017, so it's useful to see it in action. The other benefit of watching Ohio State is that the talent is more similar to Texas'. Ohio State's wide receivers make plays that Houston's can't, but Texas' can. Greg Ward's athleticism also let UofH do some things that Ohio State didn't — or more likely, his athleticism relative to that of his teammates meant UofH asked him to do things that OSU didn't have to ask of J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones. Texas' situation will be closer to Ohio State's. All that to say, I expect Texas' offense to more closely resemble what Herman did at Ohio State than what he and Applewhite did at Houston. Even if I'm wrong, the core concepts are the same. And there's one other perk of watching these old OSU games: I have All-22 videos of some of them. We'll stick to using those since they're superior to TV broadcast angles in every way. Personnel and Alignment Most of the offense will be run out of 11 personnel (1 back and 1 tight end), same as this year's Texas offense. Unlike Sterlin Gilbert's offense, however, there's also a fair amount of 21 personnel, typically with a tailback and a slot receiver type (Urban Meyer calls this player the H; think Percy Harvin and Curtis Samuel, or UofH's Demarcus Ayers and D'Eriq King). The H is a bigly player in this offense, as you'll see. Sometimes he'll start in the backfield, but more often he's motioned in before the snap. Tight ends (Y) will line up in-line, as H-backs or occasionally as offset fullbacks. Empty, 12 and 10 personnel are also prevalent. It goes without saying that the days of crazy wide receiver splits are over. This offense will actually go in the opposite direction, frequently using "nasty" (tight) receiver splits for some passing concepts, which we'll get to in Part 2. Another interesting feature is the use of unbalanced sets, including Quads (four receivers to a side). The Plays The Sterlin Gilbert preview had a handful of run plays in it; this one's going to triple that number. The base play is Inside Zone, but even that has several mutations (we'll look at Inside Zone Read, Zone Arc, Split Zone, Zone Bluff and Bash). There are off-tackle runs: Outside Zone, Pin & Pull, Buck Sweep, Speed Option... And there are between-the-tackle gap schemes like Power-O, Power Read, Counter H, Wham and Dart. We'll look at the individual plays in a second, but just look at some of the variety Herman can hit the defense with from 11 personnel sets just based on whether the tailback and H-back are on the same side... ... or opposite sides. Obviously, it gets more complicated when you add a second back to the mix with the threat of Jet Sweep, Lead Outside Zone, Triple Option and so on. Inside Zone This is the bread-and-butter play, a quick hitter that attacks the A gaps. I assume people know what the play looks like, so I just highlighted that they will run it toward or away from the tight end. The same is true if the Y is lined up in an H-back role, but if he and the back are to the same side, it becomes Zone Arc, in which the H-back will arc around the read man to block someone on the second level. This gives the quarterback a lead blocker if the defensive end crashes down and takes away the dive. They can also run Midline Zone Read, where a defensive tackle is the unblocked read defender instead of the backside defensive end, but I didn't see that frequently enough to warrant its own gif. Split Zone Everything about this play is the same as Inside Zone Read — including the fact that the backside end is initially left unblocked — except that this time the H-back crosses the formation and kicks out the end, creating a seam for a cutback. Somehow I don't have an example of this, but another variation of Split Zone is Zone Bluff, where the H-back will act like he's going to kick out the unblocked defender, only to wrap around him to block the next guy, just as he would in Zone Arc. The quarterback reads the end the same way: If he attacks the block, the QB keeps; if he stands pat, the QB gives. And here's the first appearance of the H, this time played by #17 Jalin Marshall. The blocking is the same, and shades of Zone Bluff are visible — the H-back doesn't immediately engage the outside linebacker, and if the OLB crashed inside, the H-back would bypass him for the next inside linebacker. The quarterback is reading the OLB as well. If he had crashed, the QB would have pulled and proceeded on with the option, with Marshall as the pitch man. Power-O This one should be very familiar. Tight end kicks out, backside guard pulls and leads through the hole and the rest of the line blocks down. Another option, instead of blocking the defensive end, is to read him and send the tight end to the second level. This is Power Read. The quarterback becomes the "dive" player while the tailback or H (#10 Corey Brown) runs across his face in a sweep action. Counter Another familiar play is Counter, or specifically Counter H. The line blocks down except the backside guard pulls and kicks out the defensive end and the H-back (hence the "H" in the play's name) crosses the formation to lead block for the tailback. Notice the backfield action. Most teams (including Houston and Texas last year) put the tailback on the side away from where the play is going. He takes a counter step before turning back and receiving the handoff. I'm not sure which way Herman will do it at Texas, though I seem to recall that he did it the same way it's done in this gif when he was at Iowa State. We'll see. If the quarterback is a capable runner, he can carry it himself with either an H-back or even a tailback as his lead blocker. So yeah, maybe we'll see this one in a few years. Outside Zone Here's a new one. The offensive line basically tries to hook the defense or, if it can't, tries to run them to the sideline. The tailback gets the handoff in a sort of sweep action. Theoretically the quarterback could read the backside defensive end or backside linebacker and decide to keep it if the defense overpursued. Now with the H carrying it and the tailback acting as a lead blocker: The next one is "Jet Sweep," but it's the same idea except with the H receiving the handoff while in motion and not starting in the backfield. Notice how wide the tailback is, a clue that an outside run is coming. He's lined up wide so he can get out front quickly as a blocker. If he's capable, the quarterback can also run it himself: A related play Herman will dial up from time to time is Pin & Pull. It's the same backfield action but the offensive line is no longer zone blocking. If a lineman has a defender lined up on him, he blocks him; if not, he pulls. In this example, the left tackle and center are uncovered, so they're the pullers. Flip the back to the other side and the quarterback could just as easily keep it himself, though I don't expect Shane Buechele to be doing much of that either. Dart These next two plays aren't run frequently enough to warrant their own sections, I just think they're cool. Notice at the beginning of this play how much it looks like basic Inside Zone. The trick is that the backside tackle pulls and the tailback uses his counter steps to follow him. You can see the headache this causes for the playside linebacker, who thinks he's seeing Inside Zone, overpursues and then gets trapped inside by the pulling tackle. Bash Finally, this is a combination of Inside Zone Read (the blocking) and Power Read (the backfield action and read). I've also seen this called Switch Read (because the quarterback and tailback switch their Inside Zone Read responsibilities), but Bash is Meyer's terminology. The way this offense toys with defensive ends is great and may be worth exploring later. There you have it. We'll get to the passing game soon, hopefully this weekend.
  5. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ Burnt Ends will spend a great deal of time covering recruiting all the way up to signing day, but we did want to pass along a quick note on the team. With the Houston bowl game out of the way, Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar are expected to join the Texas coaching staff. Texas finally has a defensive coordinator in place, and Naivar is regarded as an excellent coach, relentless recruiter, and trusted advisor to Tom Herman. One issue stunting the Texas recruiting effort has been a lack of coordinators thus far. With Orlando in place we expect some defensive recruiting to pick up. More evaluations are being made, and we expect some new offers to go out on that side of the ball. The defensive staff is in place prior to the end of the dead period, and Herman is still waiting to make a few hires on the offensive side of the ball. Not much has changed on the offensive front, and there’s a feeling we won’t know much until the bowl season is over. +++++ Before we delve into the recruiting forecast for this week, let’s take a moment to get you acquainted with the most recent offers. Derek Kerstetter – OL – San Antonio Reagan The Oklahoma State offensive line commit is slated to play in the US Army All-American game, and he’s expected to take a visit to Austin after the dead period. One evaluator I spoke with said his senior film showed a huge improvement over his junior film. Devin Morris – ATH – Caldwell Morris is committed to Texas A&M, and he’s pretty firmly entrenched in that commitment. Nothing to see here from what I can tell. Dayo Odeyingbo – DE – Carrollton Ranchview I spoke with a source at Odeyingbo’s school, and they weren’t very optimistic about Texas. “They’d have to do some unreal recruiting. Not coming by the last couple of weeks hurts their chances for sure”. Jamire Calvin – WR – Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral We haven’t been able to connect with sources around the west coast wideout, but Texas sources we spoke with weren’t optimistic. Roshauud Paul – ATH – Bremond The small school Kyler Murray just won another state title, but like Devin Morris he’s firmly committed to A&M. JaQuayln Crawford – ATH – Rockdale The 2018 DB/WR called Texas his “childhood dream school” on twitter. We spoke with Crawford today, and he was head over heels for this offer. His family is full of Texas fans, and he mentioned growing up watching Vince Young. Crawford told us he’s being recruited as a receiver, but his film shows he can play both sides of the ball very well. Barton Clement – OL – Fort Bend Marshall The 2018 Houston area big man doesn’t talk much, but the early word on him has A&M leading for his services. Texas will need to gain some ground +++++ Let’s take a look at the current commits and their status. Sam Ehlinger – The captain is as firm as you could imagine. He’s calling the shots behind the scenes and deploying the commits in class to go after other recruits. Toneil Carter – We’ve got a new name on the list. Carter just committed today and plans to shut things down and enroll early. Damion Miller – Miller is strongly committed to Texas, and is focusing on the classroom work as he prepares for college. Taquon Graham – Graham is planning to take some visits, so we can’t say he’s 100% committed. That said, Texas is still firmly in the lead and they just need to close things down the stretch. Josh Thompson – One of the more vocal recruiters for the Longhorns. Thompson is zeroed in on Austin. Kobe Boyce – Boyce isn’t really talking about taking visits anymore, and he’s part of the group effort to recruit for Texas. LaGaryonn Carson – Carson never wavered from his commitment, but he does have some work to do in order to make it to Austin. Montrell Estell – Estell is firmly committed and ready to get to Austin. +++++ Now that we’ve moved everything out of the way, let’s do a little prognosticating and see where things stand this week. In this week’s edition of the signing day forecast we give you our take on the crystal ball to track the top targets on the Texas board. Each week we will give you a look at how these recruitments are trending and give you our prediction and a confidence rating based on a scale of 0-5. Running Back Eno Benjamin – All signs pointed to Texas for Benjamin, but the commitment of Carter could change things based on what we’ve heard. Texas would love to take a “thunder” option to match Carter’s lightning, but Benjamin might want to be the only back in the class. Bottom line: this is something that can be smoothed over. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3 (Last week 4) Daniel Young – Young hasn’t visited Texas, and he re-affirmed his commitment to the Coogs after Major Applewhite was hired. This could depend on what Benjamin ultimately does. If Texas somehow misses on him they would probably throw the sink at Young. Prediction: Houston (Last week: Texas) Confidence Level: 2 JK Dobbins – I’m not sure we have to mention it, but Texas has moved on from the hopes of getting Dobbins. Prediction: Ohio State Confidence Level: 5 Wide Receiver Omar Manning – We continue to hear very encouraging things about Omar to Texas, but the Dallas area talent has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3 Charleston Rambo – I can’t buy any movement on this front until Rambo visits. Texas has some things he likes, but people in his camp are pushing OU, and he hasn’t set up a visit yet. Prediction: Oklahoma Confidence Level: 4 CeeDee Lamb – Lamb announced publicly that he was shutting things down, but there is a different message behind the scenes. If he visits after the dead period it’s game on. Prediction: Oklahoma Confidence Level: 1 Gavin Holmes – A new name on the board, but one you should get acquainted with. The Justin Northwest speedster was one of our sleepers coming into the year, and he’s really come into his own. We’re told he’s on the radar if Texas misses with primary targets. Prediction: Unclear Tight End Cade Brewer – The season is over, and now things will get real for the state champion. Brewer is maintaining a commitment to SMU, but this one seems to be trending in the right direction. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 2 Reese Leitao – The Jenks, OK tight end decommitted from Nebraska, but we were hearing strong things about this recruitment before that. We’ll have more on Leitao this week, but things are starting to look good for Texas. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 2.5 Offensive Line Chuck Filiaga – The Aledo offensive lineman was ecstatic after his state championship win, and now he turns his attention to recruiting. Filiaga isn’t tipping his hand, but the feeling we got is that Texas is on the outside looking in. Filiaga will announce a top 3 this week before making his announcement at the Army All-American game. Officially my pick is in for TCU, but Michigan has a ton of steam too. Prediction: TCU Confidence Level: 1 Grant Polley – Polley has remained silent since his initial offer, but the commits are working him hard. Polley is close with a few guys in the class already. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3 Defensive Line Marvin Wilson – Wilson keeps giving Texas chances to win him over, and if they run a strong January recruitment it’s at least conceivable. After feeling Ohio State early on, the proximity leader in LSU has the juice this week. Prediction: LSU Confidence Level: 2 K’Lavon Chaisson – The North Shore pass rusher plans to take five official visits in January, and that should give everyone some pause. The word is strong behind the scenes, but Oklahoma and LSU aren’t going away. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 4 Bryan Jones – We’ve heard a lot about the Aggies in this recruitment, but Texas started to turn the tide before the dead period. They have a great ally in Malcolm Roach (Jones’ former teammate) on the roster already. We’ll know a lot more after the dead period. Prediction: Texas A&M Confidence Level: 1 Linebacker Marqez Bimage – The Brenham edge rusher set up his official visit to Texas for January 20th, and there’s a possibility of him pulling the trigger on the trip. Bimage is picking up some other offers, but we are told that Texas is big time for him. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 4
  6. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ We’ll start with the latest on the coaching staff front, as the puzzle is starting to come together. The Texas staff added another member when Rutgers Offensive Coordinator Drew Mehringer was announced as a new Texas assistant. Preliminary reports indicate Mehringer won’t be the play-caller in Austin, but he will possibly hold a “Co” tag. The Mansfield native played at Rice when Herman was there, and those close to the new Texas Head Coach tell us that Mehringer is among his most trusted young protégés. While Mehringer had some tough times in Piscattaway this season, there is a lot of excitement surrounding his hire. Mehringer is known as a relentless worker with a bright offensive mind. With Mehringer in place it looks like Texas is down to running backs and quarterback/OC positions available. Multiple sites have reported Chicago Bears assistant Stan Drayton (currently with the Chicago Bears) or Iowa State running back coach Louis Ayeni. Drayton was an ace on Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff, and Ayeni is viewed as a rising star in the coaching world. Houston DC Todd Orlando is expected to join the team as the Defensive Coordinator, and a search could take place for an Offensive Coordinator. Ohio State OC Tim Beck seems to be a name everyone is talking about, and it could bring some other value. Beck is the primary recruiter for a number of Texas prospects committed to the Buckeyes, including JK Dobbins. Dobbins is an early enrollee, but if Texas could get Beck in place before the 2nd semester starts they’d have an outside shot at flipping the superstar back. We’ve checked around to see if a Texas high school coach like Joey McGuire might be added to the coaching staff. While it’s a popular opinion and a lot of wishful thinking on the part of Texas fans, there isn’t anything serious surrounding the Cedar Hill head coach. McGuire is close with Herman, but Texas is running out of spots on the staff. McGuire does come from a defensive background, and he could be a secondary assistant in the event Craig Naivar sticks at Houston as Applewhite’s Defensive Coordinator. All indications at this point say that Naivar will come to Austin after the Houston bowl game. McGuire would be a fantastic hire from a recruiting and coaching standpoint, but Herman is building a staff full of strong coaches with good recruiting backgrounds. We checked around on Tim Brewster, and things on that front have gone silent. A few weeks ago we were told it was nearly a done deal, but it might have been leverage in an effort to earn more money at Florida State. Nothing is final until the staff is together, but there are a lot of indications that Brewster will stay in Tallahassee. +++++ We had the opportunity to catch up with Texas commit Kobe Boyce this weekend at a skills clinic in DFW to get the latest on the recruiting class and new Texas staff. On Coach Washington: “Energetic. I love his attitude towards things. It seems like everything he says is 100%. He’s always fired up. I need a coach that’s fired up like that”. On recruiting other players: “We know the coaches can’t just do the recruiting, the players have to do it too”. On the best recruiter out of the committed players: “Sam (Ehlinger). It’s just the way he approaches it. Sam gets deep with guys. He says things I don’t even think about saying. It’s cool to see. We are in group chats together and he’s the enforcer. He’ll just be like hit up this dude and hit up this dude, we’ve got to get them down here”. On playing early and preparation: “I’m going to my gym after school and trying to get big in the right places. I have to maintain my speed, because that’s my key. I’m trying to stay lean, but at the same time keep my speed”. On what he’s looking forward to on his official visit: “I’ve seen the campus and everything but I’ve never experienced it with everyone there. I’m looking forward to the environment”. +++++ Tom Herman received the first commitment of his tenure at Texas in the form of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College kicker Joshua Rowland. As many Longhorn fans know, kicker has been a position with many issues over the last few seasons, and Rowland is a plug and play option for the next two seasons. We caught up briefly with Rowland last night to talk about his commitment. “I loved every part of the campus and all the football facilities while I was on my visit . It felt like the perfect fit for me,” said Rowland. Rowland told us that the coaches pitched him immediate playing time at a position of need. “The coaches told me that they really believe in me, and believe that I could be great there. I told them I was ready to take on the role and responsibility of being their kicker.” +++++ It’s that time of year again where we pull out our crystal balls and look into the future to try and predict the Texas class. In this week’s edition of the signing day forecast we give you our take on the crystal ball to track the top targets on the Texas board. Each week we will give you a look at how these recruitments are trending and give you our prediction and a confidence rating based on a scale of 0-5. Athletes Bryson Smith – Texas offered the Houston commit a chance to play receiver in Austin, and he decided to stick with the Cougars when Major Applewhite was retained. Prediction: Houston Confidence Level: 5 Running Backs Eno Benjamin – The Texas offer was a long time coming for the Wylie East star, and we expect Benjamin to pick Texas at the Army All-American game. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 4 Daniel Young – The Spring Westfield runner was offered shortly after Benjamin, and Texas has a lot of advantages up their sleeve when it comes to this recruitment. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3.5 JK Dobbins – Dobbins was prime candidate to flip in the summer, and Texas had their chances down the stretch, but Ohio State out flanked them at every turn. Dobbins being an early enrollee hurts the timetable here. Prediction: Ohio State Confidence Level: 4 Wide Receivers Omar Manning – The TCU commit had a fantastic time on his official visit to Texas, and this is trending strongly in a burnt orange direction. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3 Charleston Rambo – I won’t completely shut the door on this one for a few reasons. Rambo has always had an intrigue with Texas, and there are several people in the family that want him in Austin, however there are other people around him that want him at OU. In talking to sources about him we were told it would be a possibility if Texas was involved earlier in the process. Prediction: Oklahoma Confidence Level: 3 CeeDee Lamb – Lamb exploded onto the scene this year, and he’s decommitted from Oklahoma once. He maintains a solid commitment to the Sooners, but we spoke to some people who told us a flip could be in the cards. If he visits after the dead period the race is on. Prediction: Oklahoma Confidence Level: 1 Tight Ends Cade Brewer – Once the season ends for Brewer the recruitment will begin to reveal itself. The early returns have been positive for the Longhorns. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 1.5 Sal Cannella – One expert JUCO evaluator described Cannella as an “absolute freak” when we asked about their thoughts on him. His visit to Austin was big for Texas, and his decision will be made on Wednesday. This one is going to be close. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 1.5 Offensive Line Walker Little – The announcement will come on Friday, and it will ultimately come down to Texas and Stanford. A week ago I would have picked Stanford, but one source told us that “Texas knocked the in-home out of the park”. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 3 Chuck Filiaga – The Aledo lineman plays things close to the vest, and we are told that he enjoyed his unofficial visit to Texas, but in the end a source we spoke with expects him to stick very close to home. Prediction: TCU Confidence Level: 2 Grant Polley – The Denton offensive lineman hasn’t said much since he was offered, and we’ll be watching closely to see what happens after the dead period. Right now we are taking a shot in the dark. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 1 Defensive Ends K’Lavon Chaisson – Chaisson shut the media out of his recruitment totally, but people close to the North Shore pass rusher have been giving us positive feedback on Texas for quite some time. Prediction: Texas Confidence Leel: 4.5 Bryan Jones – Jones hails from Madison prep in Baton Rouge, and is a former teammate of Malcolm Roach. Texas was out of this one until recently, and now they find themselves in a dead heat with Texas A&M. The Aggies have been on this longer, but Texas is surging. Prediction: Texas A&M Confidence Level: 1 Defensive Tackle Marvin Wilson – Wilson isn’t shutting Texas out of things completely, but the door has only the slightest of cracks. The odd thing is there isn’t a real consensus of where Wilson wants to go. His family wants him close to home, but most people are picking Ohio State. Things should heat up here in January. Prediction: Ohio State Confidence Level: 2 Zach McKinney - The Weatherford DT doesn’t have an offer yet, but once he gets one we expect him to pull the trigger immediately. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 5 Linebacker Marqez Bimage – The Houston commit was offered recently, and he’ll make a decision after visiting in January. Bimage will be an outside edge rusher in the same mold of Breckyn Hager. Prediction: Texas Confidence Level: 5 Defensive Back Chevin Calloway – I think Texas will push down the stretch, but sources in Dallas have told us that they think the Bishop Dunne corner is bound for Fayetteville. Prediction: Arkansas Confidence Level: 3 Kam Curl – The Oklahoma safety is truly wide open, and if he visits Texas they could jump into the lead. TCU is also in play here, and they have been for a while. Prediction: Unclear As the weeks unfold after the dead period more names will emerge, and we’ll be able to shape the class for you as we lead up to signing day.
  7. Lots of updates will be coming in the next week as Herman is introduced, builds his staff, and recruits. We are going to use this thread for all updates instead of a bunch of different ones. Saturday 11:50 PM Sources indicate Houston offensive line coach Derek Warehime will join Tom Herman in Austin. This was first reported by ESPN's Sam Khan Jr. Sunday 10:50 AM According to a report from Sam Khan Jr., Houston's director of football ops Fernando Lovo is most likely making his way to Austin. Not a huge surprise, but Houston strength coach Yancy McKnight is also expected to bring his entire strength staff. Sunday 11:55 Herman flew to Austin today with Oscar Giles and Corby Meekins. Most expected Giles to be back, but Houston TE coach Corby Meekins is a bit of a surprise. Meekins, a former head coach at Spring Westfield high school was a huge help in getting Ed Oliver to Houston. Sunday 4:30 PM We confirmed with someone that CB/ST coordinator Jason Washington will join the staff. Sunday 7PM Press Conference just wrapped. Herman said he would start on hiring a staff in the coming weeks, but we know that a lot of his Houston staff will be joining him. I've talked to a couple of people tonight who feel that Tim Brewster is really close to coming on board. We were told tonight to expect most of the Houston staff and Tim Brewster to join. Still working on tracking down some OC info, because the stuff out there on Applewhite is mixed but mostly negative.
  8. 1st Team- D'Onta Foreman 2nd Team- Connor Williams 3rd Team- Michael Dickson
  9. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ With the season over and the dead period looming, we are going to focus this week on recruiting information inside Burnt Ends. We’ll talk about the current commits, targets on the board, future prospects, and some notes we picked up over the weekend. Sit back and relax, because it’s time for some ‘crootin talk. +++++ Let’s start with a look at the current Texas class and where each commit stands at this point. The Texas staff hit the road last week to meet with their committed guys, and we followed up on each of them. Sam Ehlinger Not much to be said about Sam. His season came to an end after he sustained a wrist injury, but the Westlake gunslinger is dialed in for Texas. He’s the captain of this ship both on and off the field, and he’s doing his part to recruit other players. Josh Thompson Thompson threw his full support behind Herman following the hire, and he received a visit from Texas offensive line coach Derek Warehime. Thompson is also a vocal recruiter in the class, and he announced on twitter today he wouldn’t accept in-home visits from any other school. TCU tried to do some negative recruiting, but we were told it wasn’t well accepted. In fact, the Texas staff all got Thompson on the phone and re-affirmed their excitement about him following that exchange. Kobe Boyce Boyce wavered a bit when Strong was let go, but new Texas DB coach Jason Washington put in a strong first impression. We spoke to Boyce this weekend, and he indicated that he’s solid and excited about the future. Boyce is also working on recruiting others to Texas as well. Taquon Graham Graham is still in the playoffs after Temple pulled off the upset against Manvel this past weekend. We spoke to him following the game, and he told us that he’s committed, but he still might take some visits. When we asked which ones he mentioned Oklahoma, TCU, and Michigan as possible destinations. Graham met with Oscar Giles last week, and Texas is supposed to return to meet with his mother again soon. Montrell Estell We haven’t connected with the quiet athlete from Hooks in a while, but all indications on twitter seem to be that he’s solid. In talking to a few other commits they told us they have no worries about Estell. Damion Miller Miller is also still solid from what we’re hearing, but it wouldn’t be a total shock to see him take a visit. We should have a better idea of where things stand once Texas names a new WR coach, but a source near Miller told us not to worry. LaGaryonn Carson Carson is as strong in his commitment as one could be, and he’s currently focusing finishing up school academically and qualifying for Texas. +++++ We checked in with some players on the Texas radar following their playoff games this past weekend. We spoke with Denton Ryan’s quarterback Spencer Sanders who told us he hasn’t heard from Texas, and he is fully committed to Oklahoma State. Ryan’s 2017 defensive tackle Earnest Brown told us he did hear from Texas, but he’s fully committed to Northwestern and not entertaining any other schools at the moment. +++++ Here’s a name for the future. Roschon Johnson of Port Neches-Groves. The 2019 dynamo lit it up as a sophomore quarterback this season, and we’ve heard he’s caught the attention of Tom Herman. Herman was by PNG today as he visited the golden triangle, and we spoke to Johnson. It was a brief conversation, but Johnson told us, “If there’s any coach in the country I’d want to play for, it’s Tom Herman”. We had heard that Johnson held Texas above all other schools in his mind, and if the Longhorns offer he will probably push them to the top of the list. Johnson is drawing interest from Oklahoma, and A&M offered him last week. It’s obviously very early in this one, but Texas could position themselves nicely if an offer follows. +++++ We’ve spent the last week talking to sources about the serious targets on the Texas board. While there is some serious optimism around the new staff, it might be too late in the game for a number of highly rated prospects. Not to say that these situations can’t be fixed, but the Horns are facing an uphill climb with some guys. Eno Benjamin – Benjamin is waiting on a Texas offer, and the new staff is showing some interest. If Texas comes through with one we expect Benjamin to eventually be a Longhorn. Benjamin announced he’s not accepting anymore visits, and the early enrollee plans to announce at the Army All-American Game. Toneil Carter – Texas is trying to get back in with Carter, and they have some natural links from their time at Houston. The Georgia commit is maintaining that he’s solid, but there’s some optimism inside Texas circles. Carter is pretty quiet, so we’ll have to see how it goes from here. JK Dobbins – Everything sets up great for Dobbins here, but we’re told he’s pretty locked in to his Ohio State commitment. Texas will give it their best shot, but I’d lean towards the Buckeyes in this battle. Omar Manning – There’s something going on here, and everyone seems to know about it. Manning altered his twitter account to remove all TCU information, and he recently followed Tom Herman. TCU is definitely worried, and they are doing an in-home with him this week. Based on some more information we picked up over the weekend we feel that a flip to Texas could be in the cards. Charleston Rambo – The Cedar Hill receiver lit up AT&T stadium this past weekend. Rambo wasn’t in much of a mood to talk after a tough loss to DeSoto ended his high school career, but we’ve got good sources on this front. Rambo is currently committed to OU, and Texas has some work to do. That said, there are some pro-Texas folks in Rambo’s family, and the quiet playmaker always seemed intrigued with Austin. We’ll know more this week, but don’t shut the door on Texas here. Cade Brewer – The Lake Travis TE was offered this past weekend, and we are told that Texas has a good shot. Brewer is currently committed to SMU, but he holds offers from A&M and Oklahoma. Brewer should be a perfect fit for Herman’s offense. Walker Little – Texas did an in-home visit with Little last week, but the feedback we were given could best be described as “lukewarm”. The Little family had a good relationship with Charlie Strong and Matt Mattox, and they are still adjusting to the new staff. Tom Herman will go in-home this week in an effort to get back on the map with the massive tackle. Stanford holds the edge, and Ole Miss is a threat. Grant Polley – Texas offered the Denton High offensive lineman last week, and though we haven’t been able to get in contact with him, we were told that he has some things to think about. Polley is currently committed to Colorado, but he’s close with Texas commit Kobe Boyce. Dennis Bardwell – The Huffman Hargrave offensive lineman is a Cougar commit, but we’ve been told Texas could be reaching out to him soon. Bardwell told us he’s yet to hear from Texas, but many believe he’d be an ideal fit as an interior lineman. Bardwell told us he would have an interest in Texas if they were to offer, but he’d evaluate them just as he would any college. K’Lavon Chaisson – The North Shore pass rusher doesn’t love the recruiting process or the media, but we’ve been given indications that Texas is in a strong position. Before Texas hired Herman, Chaisson had a top 3 of Texas, Houston, and LSU. Marvin Wilson – If Texas is going to win over the top player in the state, they need to move quickly. Wilson did not have a reputation with anyone on the Texas staff, and we were told that Texas is slipping big time here. LSU and Ohio State seem to be the leaders. Anthony Hines – Hines committed to A&M last week, but he will host Herman this week for an in-home visit. We don’t think anything will come of it, but there is a chance. Baron Browning – Browning committed to Ohio State, and there will be no fireworks down the stretch. He’s a Buckeye. Levi Jones – Levi’s dad was pretty adamant that Texas lost whatever chance they had at Levi when Strong was let go. The Ehlinger effect might get them a visit, but LSU seems to be the leader at this point. Marqez Bimage – Brenham’s version of Malcolm Roach can play multiple positions, and he’s underrated in state. The Houston commit could be getting an offer soon, and if he does we expect him to eventually flip. Kary Vincent Jr. – Vincent has always been a tantalizing flip opportunity, but he’s pretty locked in to LSU. The Orgeron hire really helped here. Chevin Calloway – The staff is looking for another corner, and they went after Calloway with a visit last week. Texas has a chance down the stretch, but sources tell us Arkansas leads. Kendall Sheffield – As HornSports first reported, Texas offered the former 5 star last week. Texas has an outside chance, but Sheffield will visit College Station this weekend. The Longhorns are playing from a serious disadvantage here.
  10. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ We are suffering from a case of information overload following the hiring of Tom Herman as the new Head Football Coach at The University of Texas. We've tried to cover it from every angle, and filter out the right things in order to pass along to you. Let’s start with some details about how it went down... When movement on the coaching front first started, we were pretty consistent in posting that Tom Herman would be the front runner for the job. There were times that other names came up, and sources tried to make it look like a race, but Herman was the guy all along. Despite what Greg Fenves said during the introductory press conference, this was a process that went on behind the scenes for quite some time. While most of the internet freaked out during the past week, our sources urged us to remain calm. We had a tight moment on Thanksgiving night when the LSU leak caused our staff to interrupt time with family to chase the story, and for about 20 minutes we believed Texas had lost. As we continued to reach out to people that would know, we were told that it wasn’t over. While the Texas side of thing was definitely set on Herman, the events of Thanksgiving night upped the sense of urgency. It was all over from that point on. Once Texas seriously involved themselves in the battle there wasn’t a battle to be had. We went to bed on Friday night after hearing it would move quickly, and we woke up Saturday morning with news that Strong had been fired and Herman was hired. We’d be lying if we said the staff wasn’t concerned about some prolonged process full of rumors and intrigue, and we were relieved this thing was wrapped up as quickly as it was. One source reached out to us in order to say, “We told you to stay calm, and you guys did”. Now Texas fans everywhere can celebrate that the Longhorns appear to have hired an answer for the long-term future. +++++ What will a Tom Herman Texas Staff Look Like? We’ve done our best to keep you updated on the staff Herman is putting together. From what we understand he will meet with the existing Texas staff today, but he isn’t expected to retain any of them. We know that some people promised a “super staff” coming together, but we never believed that to be the case. Coaches are predictable and loyal, and sources told us that recruiting ties to the state would weigh heavily. Let’s take a look at where we are, and what we can expect. OC – This one is all over the place. We’ve gotten mixed reaction on Major Applewhite returning to Austin, and although we were close to ruling him out, no one has given us a definite “no”. This will probably play out through the Houston bowl game, and the Cougar’s own coaching search. OL – Derek Warehime – One source described Warehime as a “mini-Herman” of sorts. The two worked together at Rice, where Warehime was a GA when Herman was the OC there. We talked about it when Matt Mattox was hired, but there is a heavy importance with the OC and line coach working in harmony for an install. Some think Warehime has a future as a play-caller, and most of the folks we talked to feel he has some budding star potential. We were also told he is a very strong recruiter. WR – We are still searching for some information on this one. Darrell Wyatt was in place at UH, but he wasn’t immediately tapped when the transition took place. Wyatt was previously at Texas under Mack Brown, and he’s got a strong reputation as a DFW recruiter. Another name we’ve been told to watch for is Ohio State’s Zach Smith. Smith is the WR coach for the Buckeyes, and the recruiting coordinator. He’d probably have to take on an additional title to make the move, and he could factor into the OC race. RB – We’ve not received any specific information about this position, but we believe it could be held open for a guy like Tim Brewster (same goes for WR). As we reported yesterday, we are hearing that things are getting closer with Florida State’s ace recruiter, and he’s previously been a TE coach. TE – Corby Meekins – Meekins is the former Spring Westfield head coach, and he’s one of the keys into recruiting the Houston area. Texas has been shut out of Westfield for quite some time, and this hire should open things up. Strong’s staff excelled in DFW and east Texas, but they were always missing a made man in the Houston area. Texas is now armed with one ready to go forward. DC/LB – See the OC part and replace Major Applewhite’s name with Todd Orlando. DL – Oscar Giles – Giles was known as a good coach and strong recruiter during his last stint on the 40 acres, and he returns with an even more enhanced reputation. The former Longhorn is beloved by his players, and he’s respected in high schools all across this state. CB – Jason Washington – Washington appears to be the Dallas area recruiter for Herman, and he’s known as a tactician and strong teacher of the position. He also spent time as the Coogs’ Special Teams Coordinator, and we know that Texas could use an uptick there. In talking to a couple of coaches around the state, they couldn’t say enough good things about the guy. Safeties – Craig Naivar – The Texas native is seen as Herman’s closest confidante according to some close to the staff. Naivar spent time with Herman at Sam Houston State, and he was responsible for getting him on at Texas State the following year. Naivar holds several titles at Houston, including Associate Head Coach and Co-DC. He’s very well received in state, in fact one high school coach we spoke with described him as a guy that “keeps practice lit”. The same source went on to say he’s the guy that could get DBU back on the radar. +++++ Recruits and Texas Commits Speak on the Hire We caught up with several recruits in the 2017 and 2018 classes to get their thoughts on the new Texas head coach, and the response was very positive. Josh Thompson (Texas commit) – “I think they made the right choice, and I think I made the right choice in staying a Longhorn”. Kobe Boyce (Texas commit) – “I think he can do something special with the program.” (Boyce told us he’s solidly committed, but he does want to meet with the coaches to see what they are about. More on that in a moment). 2018 Sachse DB Isaiah Humphries – “Coach Herman is a good recruiter.” (Humphries went on to tell us Texas would be high on his list if they offered). 2018 Yoakum WR Joshua Moore – “Coach Herman and I have built a tremendous relationship when he was at Houston. Great coach, and most importantly great guy. I love that man." 2018 West Mesquite DB Dayven Coleman – “It’s sad to see Coach Strong leave, but I think Coach Herman is going to fit in right away because he’s a good coach, and he’s a player’s coach. It shouldn’t be that hard for him to fit in and he’ll change the program around.” 2018 Rockwall Heath DB Tanner McAllister – “I know everybody wants to win, but Strong taught kids life lessons that they will carry with them throughout their life. At the end of the day the fans want wins. Now personally, Coach Herman getting the job isn’t so bad. I’ve been recruited by Houston since my sophomore year, so I would hope he would continue to recruit me at Texas.” 2018 John Tyler OLB DK Goodson – “It’s very exciting to me, and it makes me want to go back for another visit. He’s a very good coach." Lagaryonn Carson (Texas commit) – “Good hire. I’m solid!” 2018 Yoakum DB Jordan Moore – “Great pick is all I have to say.” +++++ The Herman Staff at Texas is already at-work The Herman staff is already working on recruiting. We were told yesterday that Oscar Giles reached out to Temple DE Taquon Graham. Josh Thompson and Kobe Boyce both confirmed they heard from new members of the coaching staff indicating plans to come see them this week. We’re working on some more news on this front, but it’s safe to say Herman plans to hit the ground running. +++++ Will Houston commits potentially follow Herman to Austin? One Houston commit that might be on the radar for Texas is Brenham (TX) LB Marqez Bimage. Bimage stands 6’2, 226 lbs., and he’s a rising athlete in the state. Bimage plays defensive end for his high school team, but he appears to be a linebacker at the next level. We caught up with Bimage when the news of the hire was breaking, and he’s very open to the Longhorns. Bimage told us he hasn’t heard from the new staff yet, but he’s expecting to soon. Keep an eye on Bimage in the next few weeks. +++++ Missouri City Ridge Point DB Terry Petry is another player that might be contacted by the Texas staff. Like Bimage, Petry told us he would be very open to hearing from Texas. The Horns already have three DB commits, but they might bring in Petry to augment the secondary. +++++ We planned to have a look at the entire class out, but decided to wait until the coaches finished road tripping this week to start gathering some data. We plan to have something like that in next week’s edition. +++++ What are the High School Coaches Saying about Tom Herman and Texas? We spoke to several high school head coaches in state to get their thoughts on the changes in Austin. On assistant coaches: “They wouldn’t last with Herman if they couldn’t coach. This is the Ohio State model. You better know your shit and recruit your ass off. Herman doesn’t miss a thing.” “Naivar coached SEC ball, so he knows what it should look like. Very intense, and a good special teams guy.”“Warehime is young, not a ton of experience. He coaches hard as shit, and will be a good recruiter.” “Meekins will be good in Houston recruiting. Don’t know much about him coaching wise.” “Naivar and Warehime are very intense, they will cuss you out in a heartbeat.” “Don’t take your little kids to practice if they aren’t used to language.” On Herman: “He’s the real deal. I know people think urban Meyer is a dick, but what Herman learned under him about preparation and details cannot be overlooked. That’s where the pressure quote comes from. To think, I had Herman in my office in 2009 when he was at Iowa State closing the deal on a player. It’s unbelievable.” “Herman is a mad man, to the point that many Houston area coaches said he needed to calm down a bit when he first got there." +++++ Herman and the players met. Are they sold? Finally, we spoke to several team sources following the meeting that Herman held with the current team. There was quite a bit of mixed reaction, though most of it was positive. There are still a few players (mostly the young guys) getting over Strong’s firing, and they aren’t yet open-minded enough to someone new. It wasn’t quite a “rah-rah” speech designed to comfort and inspire his new troops. We were told Herman gave them a dose of cold reality about what lies ahead. There was positive reaction from some players who were really fired up about getting things on the right track. We were told it will take some time to heal those existing wounds, but the expectation was that the team would get on track with their new coach. The important thing was that several team leaders stepped out to lead by example. We’ll continue to speak with sources over the next few weeks to see how the players are taking it.
  11. UPDATE 11AM Starting to see a lot of reports out there on Herman. Nothing yet confirmed on our end but we've said all along to be patient and things would move fast once the game ended. That timeline is on schedule. It appears to be academic from here. Enjoy your Saturday. ---------- Per multiple outlets, Texas will meet with Tom Herman tomorrow in regards to the Head Coaching position. We actually heard this information early today, but were trying to confirm it with more sources. Now that it's out, we feel comfortable running with it. If all goes according to plan, we expect Texas to wrap this up as quickly as possible. As we told you this week, things wouldn't really get started until the weekend. FootballScoop reported that Herman is looking for total control of the football program, and his camp is not looking to negotiate. We continue to hear that Herman covets this job among all others, and if Texas wants him (and agrees to his terms) they will have him. We'll follow up tomorrow with our people to see how things went.
  12. It's official folks. Statement is out from the University.
  13. AUSTIN - - Senior day was the backdrop for what most believed to be Charlie Strong’s last game at Texas. The day’s festivities kicked off with a tribute to the senior class at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Longhorn offense was forced to punt on the opening drive of the game, and TCU went right to work. Kenny Hill marched the Horned Frogs down the field with surgical precision, and finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown run. Hill was a perfect 6-6 passing on the initial scoring drive, and the Longhorns looked to be on their heels. Texas was able to get on the board with a field goal after a 48-yard pitch and catch from Buechele to Devin Duvernay took them inside the TCU red zone. The Texas defense was able to hold on the next two drives thanks to the play of the Longhorn front 7. Malik Jefferson returned to action just in time to record a big third down sack of Kenny Hill. The Longhorn offense struggled to get in gear in the early part of the first half. D’Onta Foreman came alive in the second quarter as he raced for a 2,000 yard season. In what was possibly his last game home game at Texas, Foreman tallied runs of 15, 13, and 17 yards as Texas marched into scoring territory. Penalties put the Longhorns behind the chains, and Trent Domingue’s 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. While the Longhorn defense found their groove, the offense just couldn’t seem to get anything going. The Texas offense once again ventured into scoring territory after success in the passing game, but D’Onta Foreman was ruled short of the goal line on a 4th and goal carry from the 1. DeShon Elliott intercepted Kenny Hill on the following drive to put Texas inside the 10, but the Longhorns were unable to capitalize once again. Mitchell Becker came on to kick in place of Domingue, and his 24-yard field goal cut the lead to 7-6. Texas got the ball back at their own 40-yard line with 1:18 seconds left in the first half, but the offense stalled once again. Both teams went into halftime trying to figure out their offensive failures. D’Onta Foreman extended his streak of 100 yard games to 13 straight on 23 carries in the first half. The Longhorn defense got off the field each of the five times they faced a TCU third down. The Frogs managed just 27 yards in the first half after their initial 75-yard scoring drive. The Frogs came out firing on their first drive, but they were unable to reach the end zone and settled for a 28-yard Brandon Hatfield field goal to extend their lead to 10-6. D’Onta Foreman reached the 2,000 yard mark early in the third quarter on a 44-yard durn into the red zone. The Longhorns were unable to convert once again, and Mitchell Becker made his second field goal of the game which cut the lead to 10-9. Kenny Hill scored the second touchdown of the game with a 41-yard touchdown run in which he tight roped the sideline, and went around Dylan Haines on an electrifying run. The Longhorns continued to sputter as they struggled to overcome a 17-6 lead at the end of the third quarter. As the clock ticked down on what was likely the final quarter of Charlie Strong’s tenure, reports surfaced that Texas would meet with Tom Herman for an interview the following weekend. The eerie darkness that set in over the stadium in Austin resembled the metaphorical shroud that’s been present over this team since their loss to Oklahoma State. TCU backup quarterback Foster Sawyer came into the game during the 4th quarter following an injury to Kenny Hill. With his back to the goal line, Sawyer engineered a 97-yard scoring drive on 8 plays thanks to the effort of Trevorris Johnson. TCU took a 24-9 lead on that play, and the game was effectively over. The Frogs added another late score when Darius Anderson rushed for a 70-yard touchdown, and the Horns fell 31-9. The loss dropped Texas to 5-7 for the second straight year, and eliminated them from a post-season bowl. Emotions ran high after the game, but the most heartbreaking image was that of D’Onta Foreman crumpled over in tears as he tried to exit the field. The junior running back cared so much about this team and coach that he couldn’t even celebrate his historic season. Strong characterized his workhorse after the game as the ultimate team player. “For him to get the two thousand yards, I’m so happy for him. It hurts him more than anyone because how bad he wanted to win that football game. He doesn’t ever just look at the records for himself, he knows it’s a team effort”. Strong himself looked dejected, but resigned to his ultimate fate, which will undoubtedly be decided this weekend. The embattled coach seemed to know what was coming for him, but he did make one last plea in his post-game comments. “The foundation has been laid here”, said Strong. “The thing is, we’ve been building it for three years. Even when I looked at it, I said the third year we’ll make progress, the fourth year will be our year. It’s just like baking a cake. The cake has been baked. The only thing you need to do now is put the icing on it and slice it”. Strong also talked about his goals when he took this job in a heartfelt opening address for his post-game conference. “When I took this job three years ago, I came here to win a national championship, and I came here to change lives. I looked it at it as having a chance to impact society, change society. What I was looking at, when you’re at the top 1% of 1%, which this is, and you’re at an unbelievable university, then you have a chance to impact a minority who wants to go be a CEO of IBM, or wants to be the CFO of a major corporation. I felt like that when I had success here, that would carry on, and they would get those opportunities”. Strong clearly failed his objective of winning games, but his legacy will live on inside this program. Strong’s nature was necessary for a culture change that needed to take place in Austin. His evaluation and recruiting skills will leave the cupboard stocked full for whoever the next coach might be. If this team goes on to win big in the next few years it will be built upon the foundation Strong laid in Austin. He can leave this job knowing he changed lives for the better, and that his players are set up to become productive members of society once they leave Austin. While the Texas program continues to look for the magic potion that’s been missing for this entire decade, Strong can move on to his next station in life and continue to positively influence young men. While all of those traits are admirable in a man, Texas is desperately in need of a coach that can restore the pride and winning tradition of the University of Texas. That process is already underway, but for now we will close the door on the 2016 Texas Longhorns. This post has been promoted to an article
  14. Texas (5-5, 3-4) vs. Kansas (1-9, 0-7) Date: Saturday, November 19, 2017 Time: 2:30 PM CST Venue: Memorial Stadium Location: Lawrence, KS TV: ABC/ESPN2 All-time series record: Texas is 13-2 all-time against the Jayhwaks The Longhorns have won 13 consecutive in the series) Last meeting: Texas defeated Kansas 59-20 in Austin (November 7, 2015) The Longhorns look to become bowl eligible with a win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas. Texas lost a close one to West Virginia in Austin last weekend 20-24, while the Jayhawks lost to Iowa State in Lawrence 24-31 (their 9th straight loss). Relevant articles: Quick Takes: Kansas The Film Room: Breaking down Texas vs. West Virginia The stats behind Texas running back D'Onta Foreman's charge for 2,000 yards The Great Debate: Should Charlie Strong be afforded another year at Texas?
  15. http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/nissan/heisman/2016/#!/ You can vote everyday
  16. Article by Mike Roach, HornSports Senior Recruiting Analyst Texas fans got an unexpected surprise Friday morning when Baton Rouge (LA) Madison Prep defensive end Malcolm Roach announced that he would be committing to the University of Texas. The third Louisiana prospect in the Texas class chose the Longhorns over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas Tech. The Longhorns are in desperate need of talented bodies at the defensive end position, and Roach is a prospect who has the ability to play both strong and weak side at the next level.Out of state recruiting has become a hallmark approach for Charlie Strong as he raided South Florida last season. This season he has been successful recruiting Louisiana which is another talent hotbed in the southeast. With Shiro Davis moving on after this season and Bryce Cottrell entering his senior year, the depth at defensive end is starting to look a bit thin. The Roach commitment gives them something nice to build on as they close down the home stretch with their other defensive end targets.Film Analysis: Roach is a big, solid kid at 6’4 255 lbs. He plays linebacker for his high school team and also doubles at tight end which shows coordination and athletic ability. He has a decent first step off the line but shows some real closing speed when he locks on to his target. Roach is strong at the point of attack and sheds blockers well playing the run both inside and outside. In coverage he looks stiff, but is still able to make some plays on his highlight film. He will need to do some work on his tackling because many times he just throws a shoulder into the ball carrier and should get more consistent wrapping up and driving through. When he does find the ball carrier he usually has bad intentions and hits with a pretty incredible force. The most impressive thing about Roach other than size and athleticism is the motor that comes with it. He constantly pursues the ball and makes opposing blockers work each time he’s on the field. He’s sturdy enough to play on the strong side, but athletic enough to feature on the weak side and should grow with the benefit of a college strength and conditioning program.Final Verdict: Texas was needing some good news and this one came out of left field. Roach is an incredibly raw prospect, but he has great size and athleticism which should only help him get better with proper coaching. If he can apply that coaching and realize his potential then he becomes a very valuable prospect for NFL teams.
  17. This game scares me. It scares me because its at their house, we're pretty weak on the road and inconsistent in general. And Kansas played TCU to the wire earlier this year. I am going to be cautiously optimistic here . . . Texas 54 Kansas 34
  18. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ Following a loss to West Virginia on Saturday, the mood around the program wasn’t what it has been after recent defeats. The feeling was that Texas played well in a lot of aspects, but they just made a few too many mistakes against a talented, experienced, well coached team. This was a solid loss that the program could handle in year 3. The problem is that when you throw it in the batch with losses to the likes of Cal, Kansas State, and the debacle in Stillwater, it’s hard to tell the difference. We reported last week that 7-5 was starting to look like the bar for Charlie Strong’s return. As has become a common practice each week, we took the temperature of several people around the program to see where things stand now. 1) There’s a sense of optimism, even following a loss that this team is growing positively. Texas leads the nation in starts by underclassmen. Shane Buechele is in the middle of a terrific freshman season. Many analysts feel that Texas is on the verge of an explosion in the next year due to the young talent on campus. 2) Despite all of those things, we’re told that 6-6 will not get it done for Charlie Strong. It feels like the goal posts move on Charlie’s job expectations, but the people we talked with felt strongly that the Longhorns would need to win out in order to save Strong’s job. 3) The Louisville/Houston matchup this week will have a ton of eyes on it. There’s still a strong liking for Tom Herman, and if the Coogs put on a good show against a top team like Louisville, it could jump the expectations up even more. +++++ Here are some leftover quotes from Saturday’s post game media scrum. Charlie Strong On what went wrong: Well, you look down in the red zone and around the 20-yard-line area. We just didn't get the touchdowns that we needed. We missed some field goals and we had the ball down there again and the guy comes off the edge and creates a fumble. And so there's two scores there. And then when you hit a field goal, you like to get touchdowns there. But you look at our guys, and what you look for is how they just continue; Shane goes down, gets back up and comes right back in the game. But it was just one of those -- the pass, I would say, when it was 24 to 13, it could have been ugly for us, and our guys just continued to fight. On the turnovers: I just know at some point we gotta hit it. We didn't hit it today. Defensively we were able to get some turnovers, and we gave up some on offense. But you like to capitalize. And that was a good defensive football team. I don't want to take anything away from them. But it was there for us and we just didn't take advantage of it. On Tim Cole’s father’s health: Well, what happened before we got here, we were on our way to the stadium, Tim Cole's father had an issue and I think now he's in the ICU. And we told Tim -- actually told the whole team before we played. On if he considered going for it on the fourth down before the half: What I wanted to do, to try to get it to one. I think we were down four. Just try to get it to one when we go in. We hit the field goal, it was 17 to 13 and just didn't want to take points away from us, because if you don't get it, then you're second guessing yourself. And even at 17 to 13 and going in at halftime where we'd fought back, hit a 10-0 run, you'd like to sit here and say you know what could have been, but I'm glad we got the points where we were. On if he’s satisfied with the effort: We battled. We played hard. You get down 17 to 3, you battle back and then you're 24 to 13 and you battle back. Even to the end we had the ball and had a chance to win it. Throw the Hail Mary and had the chance to go win it. We kept taking our punches and kept just coming back, and that's really what you like. You look at a young team, it's very easy, like I said, in the pass it could have gotten ugly, and it didn't get ugly. We just continued to hang in there. On the frustration of not converting turnovers and on what D’Onta Foreman said to him before the half ended: I told him -- the second part it was five seconds, nine seconds. I said, even if we get the first down, we probably won't be able to line up because we had no more timeouts and get a play ran. The clock would have ran out. And I said let's take the points. And then there's a frustration, we gotta convert on third down; and the defense, we gotta get off the field. And you look at them today, they made some key third downs, but we were able to get the pressure, the one big sack by Jay Hall forced it to get the third down. With the third down I know on offense we can get it corrected and on defense. On if there is progress despite the loss: You look at it and you don't ever want to lose a game. It burns. It's burning them right now in the locker room, but we still have two left and we'll see how we take this game and use it to our advantage and just continue to get better. You look at us the No. 10 team in the country you can't make mistakes when you're playing against a good football team. On the secondary in the third quarter: The ball, what we did was man because we covered pressure the last three or four times, with zero blitz, forced him to throw one high and Haines came away with it. And then the next one he was able to get -- Wheeler did -- I mean I'm sorry. Freeman did an unbelievable job. He kept running and hitting the ball in the middle between the hashes, and he was able to flip and make the ball be thrown so wide that Haines came away with it, but you need to make those plays, especially on third down, to get us off the field, and I was happy to see him come down with the two interceptions. On if he feels the team has progressed despite the 5-5 record: I do. I really do think we have a really good football team, and I think we've made a ton of progress. You look at it, and not to make excuses, if you look at a freshman quarterback and a freshman center. You look on offense, you have Perk starting as a senior offensive lineman, and then everybody else are all young guys. Then on defense you're looking at Haines as your starter, your only senior back there. So you have a young group and a young group that continues to get better, and as the season goes on, we have gotten better. And like I said, we're a different team than we were at the beginning of the season, and it showed today. When you're playing against a good football team and you go down 17 to 3 and you kind of hang your head and usually guys say, okay, here we go again, but it wasn't one of those here we go again. Okay, we're going to take the ball on offense and going to go score, which we did, and we're going to go stop them on defense and then we're going to get the ball back for our offense. And even coming out at halftime, I said, it's one of those games, guys, we gotta go take this game. They're not going to give it to us. We have to go take this game, and we come out there still had the opportunity there at the end there to go. You look at it, if you break down the second half and you're like, it was there for us. We needed seven points. And just to get them back and see what they would have done. On the speculation surrounding his job: I just look at just this team and what we've done. I can't worry about that, and I really don't worry about that. I just worry about the next game. I have a really good group of guys, and I know they're going to play for me. They're going to battle. They're going to give everything they've got. +++++ Recruiting Not much going on in recruiting (as is the case most weeks), but our ears did perk up when we were tipped off to something this weekend that could be pretty big. We can’t get into a lot of detail at this time, and the timetable is still a few weeks off, but we were told that a highly ranked player in the state was making indications behind the scenes that he was ready to make a commitment to Texas. The information we were given says it could happen in the early part of December, but we will be watching this particular player closely in the coming weeks.
  19. Pierce and Texas baseball have received a commitment from RHP Donny Diaz from San Jacinto College. Trying to get some more info on this for y'all.
  20. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ Three weeks ago it seemed that Charlie Strong was headed for the end of his final season following an embarrassing loss to Kansas State. Two weeks ago that seemed to still be the case despite a win at home over Baylor. The Longhorns’ win over Texas Tech in Lubbock put the brakes on the winds of change. Despite a pretty strong feeling from everyone we talked to that Charlie Strong would not make it out alive, we’ve never had the feeling that people in the program were rooting for that outcome. The people we spoke with (almost to a man) expressed a great desire for Charlie to figure things out and turn it around. The embattled head coach hasn’t been able to sustain any real momentum on the field, but he’s well liked and doing great things on the recruiting trail. Several other sites reported that 7-5 would probably be enough to save Charlie’s job, and we can confirm the same information after speaking with a few sources this past weekend. There’s definitely a vocal group behind Strong, including Athletic Director Mike Perrin. One source told us they were just praying for Charlie to make things simple by either winning out (8-4) to keep his job, or losing to West Virginia and TCU (6-6) to make the decision to move on easy. The negative feeling around the program was palpable following losses to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Kansas State, but the vibes were considerably more positive following the first Texas road win of the season. The bottom line is that the growing sentiment all around the program is that barring a 3 game losing streak to end the season, or horrific blowout losses to TCU and West Virginia, Charlie Strong will return for 2017. Strong has the support of the administration, his players, and a good number of influential donors still on his side, and what once looked like a certain coaching search could be saved if Texas wins two of the next three. Both sides of the argument are well represented on message boards and twitter. The argument for Charlie Strong: A big turnaround on the brink of failure, including improvement to the defense once he took over, and cemented by another strong ending to the recruiting class. His recruiting pitch, “I know what people are saying about me. They said it about me two years ago, and they said it about me last year, and I’m still here. We’ve turned the corner, and we have a quarterback. We had a Heisman finalist at running back (hopefully), and we won X of our last Y games. We’re going to win the Big 12 next year. Come be a part of it.” The argument against Charlie Strong: No matter the number of wins, youth and experience won’t fix the glaring game management issues that plagued this team this season. The talent level in the Big 12 is down this season, and the banner wins (Notre Dame, Baylor, Texas Tech) are against some pretty average teams. There was a noted lack of development in some of the young players, and the maximum number of road wins attainable is 2. Of course we’ve seen the mood of the program and fans swing back and forth depending on wins and losses, but as of right now there’s some serious optimism budding in Bellmont. +++++ There isn’t much recruiting news available at this point, but we thought we’d give you some quick notes we picked up from the weekend and a look at the current recruiting class. November is typically when Strong and his staff start to amp things up in the recruiting realm, and we’d expect some more on that front in the coming weeks. We did learn that Texas was in contact with Wylie East running back Eno Benjamin over the weekend. Texas coach Jeff Traylor reached out to Benjamin to establish a line of communications to the former Iowa commit. Benjamin was hot on Texas early in the process, but the Longhorns never offered. The Longhorns will still continue to chase JK Dobbins, but an argument could be made that two running backs are needed in this class. We’ll stay on this during the coming weeks, because if things pick up with Benjamin we could see Texas jump into the mix of his recruitment. +++++ Recruits, fans, and reporters have been in a holding pattern since the questions started about Charlie Strong’s job. We talked to a number of people this weekend to find out where things stand with the Texas class and targets. We’ve also identified some possible offers to look out for. Quarterback Commits: Sam Ehlinger – Austin Westlake On the radar: Bryson Smith – John Tyler Summary: Ehlinger is cemented in place as the next in line at quarterback, and the leader of this class. The Longhorns don’t need another quarterback in this class, but John Tyler’s Bryson Smith could be looked at as an ATH/QB option. The Houston commit is a Greg Ward clone, and he’s very close with Texas commit Damion Miller. Running Back Commits: None On the radar: JK Dobbins – La Grange, Eno Benjamin – Wylie East Summary: Texas probably needs two backs if D’Onta Foreman goes pro after the season. They could go with Eno Benjamin, and continue to chase JK Dobbins. Dobbins is an early enrollee, so Texas will be on a truncated timetable, and they are not doing well in this recruitment currently. Benjamin is also an early enrollee, and though we think he’d probably jump at the offer, Texas needs to get involved soon. They might need to identify some other targets including the JUCO ranks. Wide Receiver Commits: Damion Miller – John Tyler On the radar: Charleston Rambo – Cedar Hill, RJ Sneed – Cypress Ranch Summary: The Longhorns lost out on Jalen Reagor and Omar Manning in the span of a week. Wide Receiver isn’t a huge need at this point, but the Longhorns could stand to add some more depth. Charleston Rambo is one of the best players in the state, and Texas is well aware of him. RJ Sneed would jump on a Texas offer quickly from what we understand. Offensive Line Commits: None On the radar: Walker Little – Belaire Episcopal, Chuck Filliaga – Aledo, Adrian Ealy – East Acension (LA) Summary: Texas is playing a bit of Russian roulette with this position. After losing Xavier Newman to Colorado, Texas finds themselves with no players on the line, and Walker Little is just about the only recruit they can feel somewhat good about. Texas received some good feedback from Filliaga, but he’s almost out of official visits. 3 seems like the minimum number here, so the staff might have to start identifying some other targets. Defensive End Commits: Taquon Graham – Temple, LaGaryonn Carson – Liberty Eylau On the radar: K’Lavon Chaisson – North Shore, Alec Jackson – Jeff Davis (AL), Ryan Johnson – St. Paul (AL) Summary: If the Longhorns can finish strong they have a great chance of selling K’Lavon Chaisson on being the missing piece of this defense. Chaisson is a dynamic pass rusher built for the FOX position. Texas probably needs to add more depth at the strong end in the event Carson doesn’t make it to campus. Defensive Tackle Commits: None On the radar: Marvin Wilson – Bellaire Episcopal Summary: Expect to see some targets identified down the line, but right now the Longhorns are all in on Wilson. We still believe that Texas sits in a strong position if Charlie Strong is retained. The Longhorns have the Wilson family in their corner, and if they can get Walker Little it can’t hurt. Linebacker Commits: None On the radar: Baron Browning – Kennedale, Anthony Hines – Plano East, Levi Jones – Austin Westlake Summary: What once looked like a clean sweep is now a bit up in the air. Anthony Hines and Baron Browning will decide in the next few weeks, and neither has taken an official visit to Texas. For Browning it might not be that big of a deal, but we aren’t hearing good things about the Hines recruitment. Levi Jones seems like a situation that can be won in the offseason. Defensive Back Commits: Kobe Boyce – Lake Dallas, Josh Thompson – Nacogdoches, Montrell Estell – Hooks On the radar: Chevin Calloway – Bishop Dunne, Kary Vincent Jr. – Port Arthur Memorial Summary: Boyce had his moments where it looked like he might open things up, but he appears to be firm as of now. Thompson is locked into his commitment, and he will remain even more so if Texas retains Strong. The Longhorns like Boyce as a field corner with Thompson playing the boundary side. Estell remains all in thanks to Jeff Traylor’s recruiting. Calloway and Vincent are both attainable, but neither are slam dunks. If Texas decides to stand pat they will have a pretty nice group of secondary talent.
  21. West Virginia rolls into Austin with a shining 7-1 record. They have had success because they've improved this year on defense and haven't made very many mistakes on offense. They run and pass well. They defend the run well. This isn't your average West Virginia team. Texas will need to play inspired football to come away with a win. And that's very possible as we see small doses of improvement each week and perhaps the challenge of WV brings about some breakout performances. We'll see. I like the fact that the Horns get this one at home, where we seemingly play a notch higher than on the road. And we get them in a morning game, after a long trip from coal country. IMO, this comes down to the Texas defense. Can it stop West Virginia and force some three-and-outs? Can they create turnovers on an offense that hasn't turned the ball over much all season? I say yes. Texas 41 West Virginia 33
  22. Mike Roach I’m truly at a crossroads here because my record on the season has been pretty bad. I’ve been just behind the curve each time the road switched directions. In a vacuum I think this game sets up well for Texas. The Longhorns have a much better defense (relatively), and the ability to control the clock with the run game. Texas will have the best player on the field (D’onta Foreman), and they should be able to put some pressure on Pat Mahomes. The rub is that this is an 11AM road game. Charlie Strong teams haven’t fared well in 11AM games, and they are winless on the road this year. I’d love to predict Texas to win this game, and I’ve almost convinced myself that they will. I’m just to the point where I don’t trust this team on the road until they prove it to me. At the peril of my prediction record I’ll take one for the team and hope I’m wrong. Score Prediction: Texas Tech 47 - Texas 44 Harrison Wier Texas and Texas Tech are both battling for bowl qualification going into Saturday's matchup. Texas is 0-4 on the road this year. Playing in Lubbock always gives Texas Tech a slight advantage. Take what Breckyn Hager said to the media earlier this week, and Tech has all the motivation they need for this game. Getting his team prepared will be a difficult task for Charlie Strong. However, it's something that he must do if he wants to stay in Austin. In order for Texas to win this game, it will have to come down to defense again. If I'm Charlie Strong, I'm studying the TCU vs. Tech game all week. Gary Patterson is the first coach to figure out how to contain Patrick Mahomes this year. For Charlie Strong, this is something his defense has particularly struggled with. Baylor QB Seth Russell rushed for over 150 yards last week. Texas cannot allow Mahomes to do that on Saturday. Luckily for Texas, Tech does not have much of a rushing attack after Mahomes. It should be easy for Strong to assign a spy to Mahomes all day Saturday, but will that work. It ultimately comes down to gap integrity and wrapping up sure tackles on the defensive line. Texas has the 3rd most sacks in the country this year (how?). They must get to Mahomes often on Saturday and disrupt his timing. If they can contain Mahomes, they will win this game. Personally, the Baylor game changed nothing for me because it was at home and the Bears have been overrated all year. On the road is a different story. I do not believe Texas will contain Mahomes. He's the best QB Texas will face this year, and this defense is far too undisciplined to contain him. I'm also leaning in this direction because every time I pick against Texas, Texas wins. Call it a leap of faith on my end. I'm not picking Texas to win, but wouldn't be at all surprised if they did. Score Prediction: Texas Tech 45 - Texas 42 Taylor Smith Texas surprised a lot of people by ending Baylor’s undefeated season last weekend, and as much as I want to pick the Longhorns to beat Texas Tech this weekend, I just don’t think it’s going to happen. Maybe if the game wasn’t at 11am, but Texas struggled in Manhattan in its last 11am road start. I don’t see Lubbock being an easier place to play. Tech beat TCU last weekend in Fort Worth, and I see them riding that momentum into this game. The TCU game was “low scoring” for the Red Raiders standards. I think they will put up 50-plus this weekend, and the Longhorns offense won’t be able to keep up. Score Prediction: Texas Tech 55 - Texas 35 Chris Flanagan Texas is great at home, terrible on the road. This is the toughest road game left (sorry Kansas). Texas Tech and Texas are very similar. Great offense, terrible defense, and a 4.5 hour football game. So the Oregon State/Stanford game will likely be on FS2 for those reading this that would be interested in that game (no, no one is interested in that game). Baylor gained 624 yards of offense against the Longhorns, but that was to be expected. However, Baylor had 16 drives and only scored on 6 of them. That means Baylor scored on 38% of their drives. That's what kept the Longhorns in the game. Bend, don't break. With only 4 more games to go, that has to be the strategy moving forward. Also, Texas Tech does not run the ball. The Red Raiders rank 124th in the nation in rushing offense. Baylor is 4th in rushing. They are the best passing team in the nation, with Cal being 4th in that category. So like the Cal game, the Longhorns are going to give up A LOT of passing yards. They have to control the clock and win the turnover battle. This is a winnable game for the Longhorns. But I have always been wrong on these predictions so I think Texas Tech will win this game because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Score Prediction: Texas Tech 58 – Texas 54 Daniel Seahorn This is a game Texas is very capable of winning as well as very capable of losing. On one hand, the Texas offense should have its way with a Texas Tech defense that is at the very bottom of the FBS when it comes to stopping any offense with a pulse. As long as D'Onta Foreman is healthy, he should have another huge game after running for 250 yards against Baylor in the upset last week. There isn't a whole lot to this, take care of the football and you are going to put up points on Tech. On the other side of the coin, Tech possesses the most potent passing attack in all of the country and has a future NFL quarterback in Patrick Mahomes that is capable of scoring on anyone and he loves to spread the love around. The Red Raider offense doesn't even try to act like they want to have offensive balance. They plan on airing the ball out until the wheels fall off even if that means letting Mahomes (who is nursing a shoulder injury) throw the ball 70-80 times. Texas' defensive struggles have been well established and they are going to have their hands very full on Saturday. I don't see how this matchup doesn't become a shootout, but I expect Texas to try to limit Tech's possessions by establishing the run early and often and trying to go on long drives. Their best defense is going to be to try to keep the Red Raider offense off the field as much as possible and try to force some turnovers, as their will be many opportunities with how Tech operates offensively. Something else to monitor will be how the Texas defense responds to Mahomes' running ability, as it has been something they have struggled with all season. If Texas continuously allows Mahomes to hurt them with his wheels then it is going to be a long afternoon and it will look similar to what Seth Russell was able to do last week. I've gone back and forth with this one all week, as the idea of playing in Lubbock makes me nervous in general despite it being an early game, and Texas has performed poorly on the road. With that said, the win last week in Austin gives me some confidence that the team will come out playing hard knowing their backs are against the wall just like last week. Combine that with the notion that Mahomes is coming into this game banged up, and you will get my prediction of Texas squeaking one out on the road over the Red Raiders. Score Prediction: Texas 52 - Texas Tech 45 Ryan Bridges On the one hand, 82.0 seems low for an over/under with these two offenses. On the other hand, it's the highest total ever for a Texas game. (The total for Texas-Cal was 81, and yeah, the over hit.) Anyone in stormtrooper whites with at least three limbs should get big yardage against this Tech defense. It's a great week to get Kyle Porter and even Lil'Jordan Humphrey some carries, though I expect they'll rely on Tyrone Swoopes again as D'Onta Foreman's primary backup. The game plan on offense should be to run it 'til they stop you, then make them do it again. On defense, I'm interested to see if Texas uses the single-high looks it rolled out for Tech last season, or whether it carries over the two-deep looks from the Baylor game. Pat Mahomes will have a field day running if Texas relies too much on 2-Man, but if two-deep allows the underneath defenders to play the short passing game aggressively, you've got to play it. The defensive front needs to make Mahomes move off his spot, and Malik Jefferson and Edwin Freeman need to be ready to clean it up when he inevitably escapes. This is a good matchup for Freeman, who has been much better against the pass than the run. Charlie Strong needs to dare Tech to run the ball; I don't think Tech has the patience to do it up and down the field for four quarters. Mahomes is Tech's offense, and Charlie always talks about trying to make offenses one-dimensional — well, this is an offense that takes care of that for you. There's almost no reason Texas should lose, and I'd pick the Longhorns by double-digits if this game were in Austin. But it's not, and this team has given us no reason to believe in them on the road (1-7 in true road games the past two years). Score Prediction: Texas Tech 55 – Texas 45 Prediction Records Harrison Wier: 4-3 Taylor Smith: 4-4 Mike Roach: 3-5 Aaron Carrara: 3-5 Ryan Bridges: 3-5 Daniel Seahorn: 3-5 Chris Flanagan: 2-6
  23. Article by VF Castro, HornSports Contributor Texas and Texas Tech both came away with much needed victories last weekend over No. 8 ranked Baylor and TCU--respectively. With that said, both the Longhorns and Red Raiders are headed into Saturday’s matchup in Lubbock at 4-4 overall, and with bowl implications on the line, this is a must-win for both teams. Texas’ victory over Notre Dame to start the season in Austin had the entire college football community asking, “Is Texas back?” However, with losses against Cal, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Kansas State--all of which were on the road--it puts Texas Tech in a sizable statistical advantage. With a Texas Tech defense that played its best game in a very long time against TCU, don’t expect a production decline, but D’Onta Foreman will be hard to contain. While Texas leads the series 49-16 all-time, and 19-10 in Lubbock, the Red Raiders are 3-2 at the Jones, and undefeated this season when allowing less than twenty points. I do think we need to take into account, however, that Charlie Strong and Kliff Kingsbury are much different than their predecessors, so it’s hard to truly factor in history given the current situations. Texas Tech has had an issue this season completing tackles, and that’s particularly notable in the secondary where giving up large-yardage plays has become the normal, as opposed to the exception. Despite improvements against TCU, the Red Raiders rank No. 126 in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of 518.4 yards-per-game. To compare, Texas ranks No. 112 in the nation in total defense, allowing 461.9 yards-per-game. In Monday’s press conference, Texas head coach Charlie Strong addressed the most import element to limiting Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ production. “The quarterback is the issue.” Said Strong. “He scrambles around, and a lot of times you see a quarterback scramble, guys kind of drop their coverage, and you can't drop your coverage because he'll let it go, and he'll let it go from anywhere on the field. We've just got to be smart to keep the quarterback contained.” Coach Strong praised TCU saying the Horned Frogs’ defense, “Did a really good job of keeping him in the pocket and forcing him to throw from the pocket.” Texas Tech had a scary moment as Mahomes came off the field expressing noticeable pain in his shoulder, but earlier this week, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Mahomes’ shoulder was fine. This put many at ease, however, with an offensive line that’s given up 19 sacks this season, compared to a Texas defense that’s registered 31 sacks this season, the Red Raiders are facing a blatant mismatch. On defense, Tech struggles when facing the run, and sacks have been an issue. Ranking last in the Big 12 conference at 10 sacks, and failing to record a sack in its fourth straight game certainly isn’t going to prevent Texas from spreading the ball with efficiency on Saturday. On trips inside the redzone, Texas scores 86 percent of the time, but only 60 percent of its opportunities result in touchdowns. Whereas, Texas Tech scores on 91 percent of its trips inside the redzone, but scores touchdowns 75 percent of the time. If David Gibbs’ defense can prevent touchdowns inside the redzone, that might be the difference-maker, but one game against TCU doesn’t define improvements; consistency does, and Tech’s defense has left a lot on the table this season. Texas was merciless against Baylor quarterback Seth Russell, recording six sacks in its victory. Perhaps, this is why when Longhorns’ defensive end Breckyn Hager said in a press conference this week that he wanted to “injure” Patrick Mahomes, many viewed the statement as alarming. Although he attempted to clarify his statement, this could have an adverse effect on the Longhorns’ defense, as officials will be put on notice, and likely examine defensive plays with added scrutiny. To Coach Strong’s point about TCU’s defense, the more Mahomes drops back to pass, the easier of a target he will be, but Texas will have to watch itself, all things considered. On the offensive side, Texas has been effective this season under freshman Shane Buechele. With a huge win over No. 8 Baylor, Coach Strong has a little relief from the hot seat, but the Longhorns will have to makes some explosive plays to stay ahead. Luckily for Texas, it’s notorious for running backs, and recently D’Onta Foreman has been earning his respect on the field. Foreman has put up 1,105 rushing yards this season making him the Longhorns’ first 1,000 yard rusher since Jamaal Charles in 2007, and the second ranked running back in all of NCAA right now. If the Longhorns’ offensive line continues to open up running lanes with the ease its been able to do all season, it could be a huge night for Foreman, and Tyrone Swoopes, who has been putting in a lot of work at the running back position lately. Patrick Mahomes and the Texas Tech offense have put up record-setting numbers this season, and we’d expect nothing less from a system that prides itself on throwing as much as Tech does. Mahomes is one of three active FBS quarterbacks right now including Davis Webb of Cal, and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma who have been coached under Kingsbury’s notable expertise, so it should be business as usual on offensive production, but Tech will have to get some ground game going to offset Texas’s preparation. While fans are accustomed to the Air Raid, sometimes defensive units show up, and that’s exactly what TCU did. The Horned Frogs limited Mahomes to just 24 completions of 39 passes, 206 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Considering Mahomes leads the nation in passing, and Texas Tech averages around 600 yards of total offense per game, the stats against the Horned Frogs were not ideal. Despite any pre-game hype video or speech the Texas staff has planned for the pre-game, the Longhorns will struggle against the Red Raiders’ offense. Having surrendered 634 yards of total offense to Baylor, and 507 yards against a somewhat threatening Iowa State team, that puts Texas in a precarious position. Texas Tech leads the nation in crucial third down conversions this season, which means less time for defenses to recover. With Foreman averaging 6.4 yards-per-carry, Coach Strong must be mindful that any breakthrough plays will mean less time for his defense to recover. Texas Tech went from being the most penalized team in the nation, to committing just one penalty for five yards against TCU. With tempers flaring, especially given the exchanges this week, I don’t anticipate either side to be particularly amicable, but penalty yards and ejections have the power to significantly affect the outcome of this game. Like most contests between Texas and Texas Tech, expect this game to be a close one, with no shortage of trick plays. Whichever team can win the turnover battle has a higher likelihood of emerging as the victor. But if this game comes down to a field goal (because that would be peak Big 12), be advised that Texas Tech kicker Clayton Hatfield is one of the most accurate kickers in the country, and even leads D’Onta Foreman in total points scored at 73, to Foreman’s 60. Writers always try and present a final score prediction, but there are just far too many untested variables headed into Saturday. With that said, I think the team that has possession last, wins.
  24. The point on a brisket is typically the fattiest cut. Pitmasters often trim the point (and select edges) off a brisket and return those pieces to the smoker. Are burnt ends tough, chewy worthless cuts of meat, or are they heavenly bites of smoky goodness? It depends on who you ask... Rather than discard the trimmings and fat, we choose to savor all the information that flows through the site. So, sit down and help yourself to some burnt ends. +++++ This is a free site, so anyone can read this report. If you share it with someone, please take time to attribute the information to HornSports. +++++ Following yet another road loss for the Longhorns, we checked with our sources to get a read on Charlie Strong’s job security. After speaking with a number of people, the thought behind the scenes is that the end has already been written. Barring a complete turnaround that would include winning out in impressive fashion while drastically improving the defense, we expect to be covering a coaching search this winter. The team is starting to realize the inevitable, and though they are doing their best to support their coach, they aren’t doing it on the field when it matters. Players will bluster a little if Strong is replaced, but that should be expected. Regardless of his performance during his tenure, one thing can be said about Charlie Strong: He truly has the respect of all of his players. So who would the 'Horns target if/when this decision is made? Expect Houston coach Tom Herman to be mentioned early and often, but his stock took a shot with losses to Navy and SMU. We also expect Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin to be a name in the running. The former Texas Offensive Coordinator has the Broncos undefeated, and many feel he is a rising star in the coaching world. As far as established coaches with a history of success, we don’t expect much in that department. Most of those guys are established in their positions and not looking to leave. We’ve reported in the past that we expect Saban to be contacted to gauge interest again, but we don’t see that as a likely outcome. We fully expect more names to start shaking out as we move closer to the end of the season. Some old and some new. Sources indicated to us that Herman is the most likely outcome, and as long as he can finish without an implosion at Houston we expect him to be the odds-on favorite in the off-season. +++++ One of the few bright spots this season has been the play of running back D’Onta Foreman. The hot topic surrounding Foreman is whether he will be back for his senior season with the NFL calling in the off-season. After speaking with a sources a few weeks ago, we were told that no matter what happens with the coaching situation Foreman is leaning towards leaving early depending on his draft grade. When we checked this week we were told much of the same, but our sources expanded saying that it was almost a definite if Strong was let go. Honestly this is probably the most prudent decision Foreman could make. It’s hard to imagine him having a significantly better season, and the wear and tear that running backs take leads to increasingly shortened careers. Foreman already dealt with injury issues throughout his time at Texas, so the smart move is to take the money and start his career at the next level. +++++ We’ve mentioned it in past weeks, but recruiting is pretty much at a standstill right now. Strong has historically waited until later in the year to really begin his push, and with his situation up in the air right now we hear that recruits don’t really know where things stand with Texas. If the Longhorns do choose to move on with a new coach, it is vital to get someone in before the dead period in order to save this class. Let’s take a quick look at where some situations stand. Omar Manning committed to TCU last week. Texas did a great job turning the tide in that recruitment, and a strong season would have most likely landed the Lancaster playmaker. Gary Patterson is taking advantage of the Texas stumbles and pushing to land commitments. In the last few weeks he received commitments from Manning and Texas target Jalen Reagor. Patterson isn’t done from what we hear, and he’s set his sights on taking back what he feels is his. We were told that the Horned Frogs are stepping up the pressure on Texas commit Josh Thompson. You’ll recall that Thompson was previously committed to TCU before flipping to Texas. We are told at this time that Thompson is still firm, but he’s fielding a lot of heat from Fort Worth. We are scheduled to see Thompson this week as Nacogdoches takes on Ennis, and we’ll get the latest on his situation. Kobe Boyce was thought to be wavering a few weeks ago, but we were told once again that Kobe is back to being content with his commitment status. Boyce is dealing with a lot of negative recruiting, but the feeling is some schools are targeting him with no plans for his future in an effort to keep him away from Texas. Taquon Graham is firm in his commitment to Texas, but things could get interesting following a coaching shakeup. Graham and his mother are big fans of the current coaching staff, and turnover could mean he opens things up. We continue to hear that things with Texas and Anthony Hines are drifting further apart. Hines is set to make his decision in late November, and he doesn’t plan to take an official to Texas at this time. Baron Browning is also set to make a decision in late November, but we could see him picking Texas if he knows what the coaching situation is. Browning is looking for a school that suits him beyond the gridiron, and he speaks highly of the Texas academic system. Walker Little is still in the picture, but not quite the lean he once was. Things could change depending on what happens with the coaching situation, but Stanford still looms here. Marvin Wilson was quoted as saying Texas would be dropped from consideration if Strong was fired, but we continue to believe the Wilson family supports Texas. The Longhorns will have a puncher’s chance depending on who they hire if they choose to move on. We expect Sam Ehlinger to stay on board even in the wake of a coaching change unless he just doesn’t feel he’s a fit with the new coach. This post has been promoted to an article
  25. Sight and memory are two fickle things. Sometimes they're spot on, and other times it’s as if you weren’t even watching. A 21-24 loss looks close on paper, but it felt a lot worse as it unfolded. In my other article “Shooting for Perfection,” I take a look at the one deficiency on the offense and dive into the numbers. Well, I took it a step up and decided to look at every deficiency on the defense. But I calculated it and that journey projected out a few years. So, instead I went through the Texas vs Kansas State game and all the games that both teams played before that, to see if it was as bad as it felt. Let’s start with the defense. What I remember as I watched that game was the excruciating long drives and the Texas defense's inability to get off the field. Let’s look at the stats before this game. Before the game Kansas State was very good at converting drive ending plays (3rd and 4th downs) with a 3rd/4th down conversion percentage around 40%. But the biggest bright spot from the Texas perspective was that the Kansas State offense was not potent. They had scored just 7 touchdowns all season against Power-5 opponents and had lost yardage on more plays than the Longhorns despite having run fewer plays. Even better for the Longhorns, when they lost yardage, they weren’t good at making it back up. On top of all this Jesse Ertz had completed around 49% of his passes. So, Texas knew this team could not throw and would be useless without the run game. Before Kansas State, Texas was holding teams to about 40% on 3rd and 4th down conversions. Now I say holding, but if you were within 5 yards of the first on 3rd down you had a better chance of getting a 1st against this defense than getting heads on a coin flip…and just under a coin flip for from around 6-10 yards… 30% of conversions of 3rd and long isn’t good either. And beyond just 3rd and 4th down conversions, the opposing team has a 73% chance of getting a new set of downs or a touchdown when given a set of downs. Not only this, but these conversions wouldn’t only make the 1st down marker, they routinely doubled, tripled, or embarrassed what the previous to-go yardage was. It was incredibly frustrating taking stats for this, looking at 28-42-42 yard conversions over and over again. It didn’t seem like it could get any worse. However, throughout the year, the Longhorns limited points and production when their opponents lost yards. It seemed to be the only thing they could do in an effective manner. …but I didn’t think it could get worse. How did things hold up in Mahattan? See for yourselves. For starters, when the Wildcats lost yardage it was almost guaranteed they would get a first down or score points. The Longhorns kept their season average of a 47% conversion rate on 3rd/4th downs but they didn’t make it difficult for KSU to put themselves in 3rd and short situations. Instead of forcing them back and making them convert from 6 yards out, they allowed the Wildcats to tackle 3rd and 4th downs from short distances. Kansas State took immense advantage of this by converting on 71% of those opportunities. In fact, the Longhorns were even worse at stopping KSU at converting than they have been all season. KSU had an 83% rate of converting a first down or TD on every single set of downs. 19 of the 29 KSU conversions came via the run and Texas gave them five via penalties. A lot of this can be attributed to the 20 missed tackles and overall lack of fundamentals the defensive unit is currently playing with. KSU threw for less than 200 yards, didn't have a 100+ yard rusher. They turned it over 3 times and still almost doubled Texas’ time of possession. In fact Texas had only one possession in the 1st quarter. Despite 2 lucky fumbles and a good interception, this game could have been and should have been a lot worse because the defense played arguably their worst game yet this season statistically.

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