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True but hasn't UF not traveled out of the State for a decade for an ooc season game?
Just saying, the past 7 years I bet TX does not have many big ooc games. I could be wrong though.
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
No we never travel for an OOC game.
On years when we do schedule an extra OOC opponent we play Miami. Just the way it is having two big in state rivals.
But to answer the OPs question were not quite sure what we have. The spring game was limited to few formations on both side of the ball so we could focus on technique and execution rather than versatility.
Were similar to your Tigers Les in that while we think we have an answer at QB(Ash was the most consistent and least turnover prone in the spring) but until he goes out and faces live game action you just dont know tbh. We have a defense we know we can rely on that during the spring didnt have a few surefire starters available because of injury so while that side looked good its going to be even better. We have a running game that dominated in stretches last year but all of our rbs got hurt. Theyll have to stay healthy this year to be effective. The passing game was terrible last year and itll have to improve so hopefully with a year under the system and time for our wrs to gel with Ash itll get better.
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Who does Texas have in mind after Mack Brown? Are they still going to anoint his successor, or are they done doing that?
Rumors float from Nick Saban to Urban Meyer to Gary Patterson to Chris Petersen.. Some think it would be fitting to see Major take over but I dont think thatll happen. The new hot name is coach Diaz our DC. However no one knows for sure yet so everythings just a guess until anything actually happens. I feel pretty strongly about one thing though ; if Mack were to win another title, he'll retire immediately.
Interesting that Brown would retire if that occurred. Is Major Applewhite that good a coach already? Patterson would probably be the guy I would like most if I were a Texas fan (assuming Saban never leaves Alabama).
Hes a decent RB coach. Hes one hell of a recruiter thats for sure so if someday he steps in as HC hell have a similar role Mack does where hes not as involved as far as Xs and Os and calling plays goes but hell manage everything else really well. He learned from Mack so thats why I think he would be somewhat similar. Then again I could he wrong. They may go the direction of handing the program off to a big name coach and not someone who has no previous HC experience.
Texas has Notre Dame, Cal, USC, Maryland, UCLA, AND BYU on upcoming schedules. We'd have Arkansas too, but they keep "postponing" the return game, which they cancelled after the 52-10 beatdown in 2008 (not nearly as close as the score would imply). It would be fun to have another game against LSU. I was in the stadium for the last one (35-20).
Not taking shots at LSU. I am sure that Idaho, Towson, UAB, Furman, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, etc. will be worthy opponents.
I think Patterson is waiting on the UT job. He is to good of a coach to stay at TCU.
LSU had the toughest OOC of any team in the country last year.
Check the future schedules. They might crack the top 150. Patterson has done the same thing that Bowden did - turn a bad football school into a good one. No reason for him to leave.
I think Smacky Brown is a dandy coach and the Whorns should give him Paterno type status, other than that all is well (status quo) in whornsville. Another under achieving year with another over rated top five recruiting class.
You're an idiot.
Ohio State is a nobody?
Yeah, shut your ignorant coonass mouth.
But to answer the question, here it is:
IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE O-LINE.
Stacy Searels has done a good job with what he's had to work with. But this past recruiting class highlighted our deficiencies along both lines. First practically the first time ever, Mack Brown approved offers for a couple of SEC area JUCO studs. OT Donald Hawkins will start immediately at LT, which was a position where we had a TRUE freshman starting most of last season. He held his own, but was very undersized. The addition of Hawkins has allowed Searels to shuffle bodies around and promote healthy competition. This time last year we had literally only 8 scholarship offensive linemen.
It is now night and day compared to last year, and all things considered we actually had a decent year. Prior to losing our top three running backs to injury against Mizzou, we were on a roll. If our backs stay healthy it's likely that we would have beaten both Mizzou and KSU and ended up with ten wins. But thems the breaks.
Ash will start and he will do fine. Most people are skeptical, but I'm not. For the first time he's getting the lion's share of the 1st team reps at QB. He has the physical tools, can make the throws, and is the type of leader a football team needs at QB. All he needs is to digest the offense and get as many reps as possible.
TE is an unknown spot at this point, but look for DJ Grant (3 TDs against UCLA last year and then disappeared) and RS Freshman MJ McFarland to emerge.
WR looks good. Jaxon Shipley is an All-American waiting to happen. Mike Davis is refocused and playing much better. John Harris is sure-handed and a great blocker, but we lost him early last season to injury. He'll be back and it'll help a lot. DeSean Hales has also stepped it up and had a good spring.
The RBs? Filthy absolutely filthy. Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown, and Jonathan Gray will arguably be the best group of RBs in the country. So, again, if our O-line can grow and get it together, look out.
It's just ridiculous.
The D-line will actually be better even though we're losing our top DT (Kheeston Randall). Brandon Moore is the other JUCO I alluded to earlier. He actually played against Texas in the title game a few years back as a freshman. He's a big SOB that will not be moved. He will help to allow our athletic LBs to roam the field as headhunters.
DEs. Arguably the best group in the conference. Jackson Jeffcoat, Alex Okafor, Reggie Wilson, and Cedric Reed will all play a lot and will be unstoppable at times.
LBs: Looks like DeMarco Cobbs is back and ready to use his versatility to blitz, drop in coverage like a safety, and just all around kick some ass. Steve Edmond will be compared to LeRon McClain before he leaves Texas. And Jordan Hicks looks to build on his great game he had against Cal. He was healthy and flew all over the place making plays.
Secondary looks like it will improve. Kenny Vacarro is one of the best safeties in the country and is looking at the Thorpe and salivating. Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom both return and are considered to be VERY solid CBs, and there's talent behind them. Adrian Phillips is our most versatile DB as of now, but he had off-season shoulder surgery, so we'll see how that plays out.
In conclusion with regard to the defense, our front seven is going to be sick, and our secondary will be provided with a lot of opportunities to make plays, which is what they do best. TEXAS DEFENSE in 2012 is no joke.
Finally, special teams.
K - We don't have one right now. We need our true freshman Nick Jordan to come in and be the guy immediately.
KO and punts will be handled by Will Russ. He's got a live leg, but can be inaccurate. With the move up to the 35 though, I see a lot of touchbacks and 3 and outs with our D.
In summary, we are on the right track, and most people that don't pay attention to what is happening in the off-season will be shocked when Texas returns to form in the Fall.
Next person that flames or insults another poster is getting the banhammer.
If you guys can't post without making an insult then don't post.
I could consider this an insult.
You could if it you'd like to.
I will believe when USMCAG is banned.
Black shipley = mad.
Haha. Ok. Thanks for the downvotes.
BACK TO THE TOPIC AT HAND -
It all revolves around how our QB play is this year. I feel like Shipley and Mike Davis will be our 1-2 WR punch (apparently Davis has done a 180 on his attitude and it has paid off this past spring). Our RBs are easily our strongest offensive position. Hopefully the OL can build on last year's running success and be even better at runblocking. That'll take a lot of pressure off of Ash. Still no clear #1 TE, although redshirt freshman/sophomore MJ McFarland (can't remember if he played last year) is apparently the frontrunner. DJ Grant is another name that I hear every spring but he has been inconsistent in games. Our starting OL should be much improved, as we took in the JUCO OT Hawkins. He's been said to have looked great in the spring. Really filled a need for us and allowed us to move Trey Hopkins back to his natural position at guard. The depth on the OL is VERY young however and that could be trouble this year but the future looks promising for the OL. We do have some upperclassmen as backups but they'll be overtaken by the younger guys sooner rather than later.
Our defense will be the signature of this coming season. We return Vaccaro at safety and Okafor at DE when I thought both were gone to the draft. If Jeffcoat stays healthy, we will have strong DEs. Something that literally came out of nowhere was the depth at DT. What has been our weakest position the past 2-3 years has now become one of the strongest. We took in a JUCO there as well, Brandon Moore, who has supposedly looked good. We also have Desmond Jackson and Ashton Dorsey reportedly looking great, and some other guys who can step up but those are the main 3. Our LBs will be strong as well, Cobbs is apparently a freak and is all over the place. Hicks is a solid player and seems to be the guy who just plays consistent. Edmond up the middle is apparently a big hitting LB that we haven't had up the middle in quite some time. Our secondary will be nasty as we have a lot of good young depth there as well but two of the best CBs in the Big 12 in Diggs and Byndom.
I take everything I read with a grain of salt after the Garrett Gilbert debacle (the reports were glowing about him prior to the 2010 season). I didn't watch the Spring game because - guess what? - I am not one of the lucky 500 people on the earth to have the Longhorn Network. Don't get me started.
The question marks at OL and QB are the only ones that cause me concern. The defense will only get better from last year (started to get nasty in the 2nd half of the season) and the running game should carry the offense. I still am not sold on Ash but hope he proves me wrong.
Hope this helps inform you guys that were curious. Let me know if you have any questions. And I'll preemptively say yes I hate our OOC schedule the past 5-6 years because it's boring but it looks like we are making an effort in the future to play stronger teams.
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