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Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Godz40acres, Jul 26, 2022.
How has the board survived without him? He was allsome. Just ask him. Or, he would just tell you.
He backed it up. I'll give him that. Wasn't he a high school coach?
To me he looked like a deer in the headlights all too often, and not just in that game. He has the skill set, but except for moments last year, I didn’t see a player with any confidence.
Our dilemma is that we don’t yet have a QB on the roster that can “confidently” lead this team. My hope is that Ewers will quickly evolve into that role, but outside of a brilliant game plan — on both sides of the ball, and a Herculean effort, September 10th could get ugly, quickly.
That was my understanding. A kicking coach who was somehow an expert on college coaching.
And, he was a slugga! I would never cross a slugga.
I felt like his analysis was always salient.
Not to totally derail things but more to wrap it up. He frequently had good analysis. But, so do most people around here. Even armchair QBs like me who can't read defenses and get into the nitty gritty can pretty accurately describe how Texas played every week without Landry scores and talking down to people who were not deemed to be "serious".
In short, f him and the horse he rode in on.
@Godz40acres, for example, provides great information here as well without being a total dick to people.
Edit: He isn't even a partial dick.
Jaylan Ford quietly improving ability to find the ball
A big reason for the lack of effectiveness for Texas [last season] both in terms of stopping the run and rushing the passer was the lack of impact players among the edge rushers and linebackers. The most impactful [player] that the Longhorns boasted last season was senior DeMarvion Overshown.
This is where Texas needs more impactful players... to rise to the occasion this fall. And it certainly looks like Texas has an impactful linebacker emerging ahead of the 2022 regular season in junior Jaylan Ford.
In bits and pieces last season, Texas saw Ford become one of the more efficient and impactful linebackers. In fact, Ford led the Longhorns last season in tackles for loss, with six.
The areas where Ford started to thrive down the stretch last season came with his rapidly-improving ability to find the ball. Down the stretch last season, Ford was effective in terms of stopping the run and finding the ball-carrier with his ranginess and closing speed sideline-to-sideline.
In the back half of last season, we saw Ford start making more plays behind the line of scrimmage where he had to track down the ball carrier on pass and run plays. He was particularly adept at diagnosing screens and covering running backs and tight ends out in the flats.
Where Ford improved the most down the stretch last season, though, was his ability to commonly find the ball carrier and stuff the run. In the second half of last season, Ford came up with four tackles for loss and 16 defensive stops on run plays.
Ford was pretty effective all season long in terms of his run-stopping ability. [He] ranked fifth in the Big 12 last season in terms of his run stop percentage.
Even more impressive was how cleanly Ford was able to play while being such an efficient run-stopper while playing off-ball linebacker last season. He was one of just two defensive players in the Big 12 last season that was able to register a run stop percentage in the double digits while not being penalized a single time on run plays.
From what we’ve heard coming out of summer workouts and in the early stages of fall camp this offseason, it sounds like Ford is truly ready for a breakout 2022 season.
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I'm telling on you.
3 takeaways from Texas football’s first week
of fall practice
[W]hile we didn’t have much in the way of insight into the leaders in some prospective position battles in fall camp during the first week, we’re starting to see some of those processes play out.
It will be difficult to keep Kelvin Banks off the field out of the gates this season
Offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns opted to give the most experienced offensive linemen most of the first-team reps in the first couple of days of fall practice this week. But in the last 48 hours, we’ve started to see Flood and this staff budge more in terms of sliding up some of these talented and potent freshmen to get more second and/or first-team reps in practice.
One particular true freshman that Texas fans are keen on is the former elite five-star recruit and Summer Creek offensive tackle product Kelvin Banks. From what we’ve heard and seen in the first week of fall practice, Banks definitely looks the part.
It will also help Banks’ case that most of the returns from the first week of fall practice indicate that he’s fairing better than the likes of sophomore offensive tackle Andrej Karic and super senior Christian Jones.
I’d imagine that, with the way things are trending now in fall practice, Banks will make it very difficult for Flood to keep him off the field at offensive tackle right from the get-go this season.
Ovie Oghoufo is the x-factor among the linebackers
[A] player that will have a huge say in the effectiveness of the Texas linebacker corps this fall is the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish transfer and senior Ovie Oghoufo. We know that Overshown and Ford are going to make an impact on this defense at the linebacker position this fall. That leaves the likes of Oghoufo and former FCS All-American transfer Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey as the potential wildcards at the position.
Moreover, it sounds like Oghoufo is quietly making some necessary strides to become a more effective pass-rusher throughout this offseason. Oghoufo has apparently won some of the battles in practice in pass-rushing drills that he wasn’t doing so commonly last year.
He posted the worst pass-rushing grade of his collegiate career last season and came up with fewer than two sacks. That was especially detrimental to the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of Texas’ pass rush last year given that Oghoufo took more than 150 snaps as a pass rusher.
Isaiah Neyor and Xavier Worthy could be the top WR duo in the Big 12
This might fall into the bucket as an overreaction coming out of the first week of fall practice. But it doesn’t seem out of the realm of reality that Texas could boast the best wide receiver duo in the Big 12 in 2022 between star sophomore Xavier Worthy and the former Wyoming Cowboys redshirt sophomore transfer Isaiah Neyor.
All we’ve heard coming out of fall practice thus far is how effective this wide receiver duo of Neyor and Worthy can be. These are usually the first two names we hear about when talking about the standout Texas wideouts coming out of summer workouts and in the early phases of fall camp.
We continue to hear that Neyor is commonly winning battles on one-on-one drills in practice and seven-on-seven work. The 6-foot-3 and 215-pound outside receiver is going to be a load for opposing defenses to deal with at the z this season.
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Just keep this kind of talk away from the West Mall if you know what’s good for you
Worthy and Neyor may be the best duo in all of football. Definitely top 5. If our TE play is above average and JWhitt stays healthy, this could be a very special season for skilled players.
You callin' him a vagina?
Sorry horninchicago and others for my tone here. Yes, we need Ford to play great. But he’s done little impactful on the field. I’m quite curious about this solid run game percentage stat, how it’s calculated and who is actually calculating it.
Yeah, he’s better in the run game than the pass game. He had 6 TFLs for negative 6 yards. You do the math on that. For comparison sake in the KState game, Jones got a TFL for a loss of 10. We ultimately held. After Fords, they had an 11 yard rush for a 1st the very next play. Neither LBer read it worth anything. For the season, He had 1 QBH. No sacks, PBUs, forced fumbles, interceptions, or recovered fumbles.
I am a glutton. Amongst other things, I was curious about the Ford hype. So I watched the games again. I’ve seen all of them twice, some parts more than twice. The last time I paid particular attention to the LBers. I am no coach, and I haven’t played in years. Without knowing the play call or the coaches expectation, any evaluation is truly limited. If the goal for the Dline is to keep the LBers clean, they are awful at it. If not, then why don’t they make more plays? Beats me.
This article refers to him reading screens well. I don’t know. OSUs biggest play was a 24 yard screen, which I think we blitzed into but no one read it. The screen etched into my mind was a WVU WR screen to Fords side. He made the tackle after 15 yards. Thing of it was he read it so poorly, he would have never made the tackle sooner. They didn’t have to block him. Now, the play with the highlight showing here. I saw several plays with similar coverages, but the QB never threw it. If he would have, we were in position to make that very same play. I don’t have any fancy stats, but my sense is the LBers were the group that made the most effort to do their job and that type of play reflects it.
My opinion is and has been that the LBers were the least of our defensive worries. The DBs continually missed opportunities when PK had them in a great spot to make a play. Our defense isn’t like a Ray Lewis Ravens defense in which he’s protected and able to run sideline to sideline without a G or T getting a clean shot everytime. They did get clean shots on ours so you’d expect them to win often cause they’re D1 players.
it wouldn’t surprise me if Ford had a great year, but I suspect there will be a lot of confirmation bias due to the amount of hype being generated.
@Your Wrong, you're (yuk yuk) tone is just fine. The poster in question never offered opinions. Everything he wrote was fact, according to him.
Discussion amongst reasonable people who can disagree or even possibly have their opinion changed is what the forum ought to be.
Biggest problems to fix:
1. Pass blocking on the edge
2. Rushing the passer
Tackling improved from the previous years, but it could still be better. With Patterson around the team, I’d expect that issue to go away.
I’m very glad to hear that they’re a strength of the team now. That was the one area that Sark b!tched about the most when he arrived—the quality of our WR play.
Agreed. Note the 2 starters (Worthy and Neyor) were transfers. With Omiere, Hall and the ISU transfer we have depth too.
IF Hall gets his head on straight and Omiere can stay healthy, Texas could have a 2nd string WR group as good as any other starting group in the B12. I think Milton is gonna be real good too.
Or course, IF's will buy you a box of crayons from the dollar store.
It’s more than WR. QB has been fixed (long term with Ewers, Malik, and Arch). TE is looking up. RB is strong. OL is on the mend with great recruits last year and this year. Defense, you say? What defense?
The offense has more football talent than we have ever had, at least theoretically. However, many of the guys need to perform to support their profile.
The WRs have speed and quickness and some size. We have dudes that can get open. Guys that can run after the catch. Worthy couldn’t block for anything last year. That’d be the question for the group. Are they willing and able blockers.
The RBs bring the same versatility. They can run. They can catch. They can make you miss but also play physical. Blocking is the question for them too.
QB and OL have the dudes on paper. Just got to get em up to speed.
TE. We have some guys here but Sanders is the wildcard. He has the potential to be the best all around we’ve ever had. We will see.
Lack of experience in certain places and only 1 ball to go around are the biggest questions I have.
Seven front four recruits from last year?
I still think and have always thought Card would start. Thompson was a better QB at that stage anyway. Card had a bigger upside.
I suggest people go back to look at McCoy as a FR. Really good. Card is really good too.
The whole dam team was outplayed at Ark. Every position could have been benched.
I did like his stuff, but he did get angry with me from time to time without me intending to do so. I would like him to come back.
Maybe he got promoted to water boy and is too busy.
Like you, I am very excited about our elite talent at RB & WR, and I agree with your assessment. However, if the QB doesn’t have time to get the ball to the elite receivers, or, if the QB doesn’t have the pocket presence and accuracy to handle the likely chaos around him, all the talent in the world won’t make much of a difference.
This is my biggest worry on offense, and my concern going into the game on 9/10/22.
Just heard a comment on an IT YouTube video about the quarterbacks that I thought was very interesting. The observation was that Card has better “foot quickness,” but that Ewers is very “foot efficient.”
Additionally, this former coach expressed the opinion that Ewers can “throw the ball from within a phone booth.” To me that’s what it’s all about, particularly until the OL gels.
Being able to have efficiency in the pocket and being able to throw the ball accurately — from tight spaces into tight spaces — is a differentiating skill set in my eyes.
Again, I believe that Ewers will be the starter.
Bama game plan should be get the ball out of qb hands within 2 seconds except every 10th play.