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Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Godz40acres, Jul 26, 2022.
I don’t see Ewers starting till after OU game.
No...that's just what they'll be expecting us to do.
HC, I tend to agree. They plug up the short/quick game — jump the passing lanes — and it could get ugly very quickly.
We have to get them off balance. Make them pay for being overly aggressive. Confuse them. And, we have to be able to run the ball.
Sark has one serious challenge before him.
If they stack the box to stop the run bringing the linebackers up then the short passing game will be there.
If they keep linebackers and safetys back to stop the short passing game then the running game will be there.
If they blitz then a tight end, wide receiver or running back out of the backfield will be open.
They can't stop us.
Bama is going down.
We can do that play where the WR runs a wide loop behind the QB and RB before each snap.
I'm really excited about the addition of Neyor. Seeing his Wyoming highlights, hearing what people are saying about his (albeit short) practice showings, and considering his 878-yard and 12-touchdown stats last season....
"We start discussion of the defense in the trenches, the Longhorns return a wealth of experience in this position group, but will it produce better results?"
This is probably one of the biggest "duh" statements ever, but everything on D begins and ends with the success if this group. We can talk about our lack of LBs or which safety is out of position, but you really don't even need to focus on the back groups if the DL is doing its job. And they clearly didn't get it done last year (or several others recently).
I'm hoping Coach K's "visit" with Dan Quinn opened up some harsh discussion about the line and what we could be doing better, both scheme- and personnel-wise.
With SEC looming, it’s critical for Texas'
offensive line to start winning up front
Texas is headed to the SEC, so everything about this program’s direction must be viewed through that prism.
To win or even be mildly competitive in the SEC, you need linemen. Big, bad, bold, nasty linemen. Leave the graceful pass protectors to the Big 12.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive line coach Kyle Flood made it their offseason mission to stock this program with beef. This month, the Horns must start showing progress up front with a mix of veterans and five-star freshmen. The program’s future depends on it.
“Knowing the league we came from,” Flood said, “you better have a certain level of size in that league to be able to compete.”
Alabama has had seven offensive linemen drafted since 2019. Texas’ line has produced only two draft picks since 2008.
This season, the Horns aren’t starting from scratch. Senior Junior Angilau (6-6, 320) has played in 34 games, mostly at guard. Senior Christian Jones (6-6, 328) has played in 35 at tackle. Sophomore Jake Majors (6-3, 315) started all last season at center.
This year's freshman class is projected to be the future. Kelvin Banks Jr. (6-5, 318) was the nation’s No. 3 tackle prospect in the class of 2022. Malik Agbo (6-6, 337) was No. 23. Cameron Williams (6-7, 374) was No. 35.
Devon “DJ” Campbell (6-3, 321) was the nation’s No. 1 guard. Neto Umeozulu (6-5, 314) was No. 4. Cole Hutson (6-5, 303) was No. 13, and Westlake’s Connor Robertson (6-4, 298) was No. 27.
“We’re not just out there looking for the biggest players,” Flood stressed. “That’s not what we’re doing. There’s a level of athleticism that these guys have in conjunction with their size, which ultimately (is) what makes them special and gives them an opportunity to really progress in our system.”
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Yikes, but not really surprising. And I disagree with Brian Davis. Games in the B12 are also won (or lost) in the trenches. TH also thought success was built on recruiting skill players.
Sounds like there is a lot of athletic talent available for development into a winning OL. Now we need to see how the coaching staff develops the raw talent - refining individual skills as well as integrating them into a winning unit.
Mr Neyor is brought to you compliments of a HornFans poster. Like I have posted before, a breakout season calls for a "thank you party"
Go to Dec 29 in the recruiting thread for the back story.
Damnit, this means I have to invite @LHABSOB over for brisket and ribs.
I said it over and over last year and got pummeled here for it. Our offense was waaay more culpaple in a lot of the defensive failure last season than has been recognized/acknowledged.
The defense had plenty of shortcomings no doubt, but the offense hung them out to dry over and over. Yes.....there were some good moments and padded stats due to partial game performances by the O...but go back and watch the games.....almost every game ..maybe excluding ou...the O put them in tough spots at a consistent clip in defining junctures of games.
Isaiah Neyor was a 2 star recruit coming out of Arlington Lamar High School* according to 247. He was ranked the 469th best recruit in the State of Texas as a Senior. He could be all-conference in the Big 12 next year. Shows you what the experts know sometimes...
Isaiah Neyor, Texas, Wide Receiver
He was also pursued by Henderson State, Incarnate Word, and Western Illinois. Scouting ain't perfect, and sometimes you miss some real good ones...
*as an aside, as a football and football recruiting hotbed, Arlington Lamar has been overshadowed in recent years by cross-town rivals such as Arlington Bowie, Arlington Martin, and even Arlington High. But Lamar is a traditional powerhouse that was the big dog football program in Arlington decades ago. Maybe they're coming back.
It is my understanding that his parents didn't allow him to participate in athletics until his junior year in HS. Baylor had a kid like that a couple of decades ago. Kid's mother forbid him to play football. He was pretty good at Baylor. Anyone know what happened to a kid named Singletary?
Seems like he sucked!
Singletary? He sounds like a real mama's boy... Bet he can't hit very hard...
The junior year is where most high school players make their case to be recruited for college ball. Some don't excel until their senior year--good to find some late bloomers. Only a relative few make big waves as sophomores.
The NFL is a good reference point on the value of the big guys upfront on defense. Let’s draft those guys and worry about the LBers later.
There are tons of small time LBers and guys you hadn’t heard of filling LBer spots in the NFL.
Smart recruiting moves hitting the lines so hard. It all starts there.
On a side note:
Justin Tucker just became the highest paid kicker in the history of the NFL....
24M for 4 years!
some players develop at different rates. just sayin'
I.T. is reporting that the first USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll ranks Texas at #18. Big deal, huh? Okay, the big deal is that one of the 66 voting coaches placed The Longhorns at #1. And, no, it wasn't Sark cuz he didn't vote.
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Spoiler: Numero Uno, Baby!
See what a degree from UT can get you??
VERY in depth vid. Thanks
What is Your takeaway?
And if you combo that with a Westlake degree you are altogether and truly golden