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Spring Practice Primer: Texas

Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:32 am

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Texas.

Spring Practice Starts: Thursday, February 23

Spring Game: Sunday, April 1

Three Things To Look For:

1. Who will be quarterback? It's becoming somewhat of an annual tradition in Austin that the Longhorns must have a quarterback competition heading into spring practice. Much like last season, David Ash and Case McCoy will be battling with one another for the starting job, though this year incoming freshman Connor Brewer will join the fray as well. Whichever quarterback ends up winning the job, the Longhorns will be better served to decide sooner rather than later and head into the summer with a clear-cut number one.

2. Expansion of the offensive playbook. Last year Bryan Harsin had to deal with not only implementing a new playbook at Texas, but with two quarterbacks who didn't seem capable of fully utilizing that playbook. This spring we shall see if Harsin and the Longhorns plan on expanding it or further driving the basics home. Obviously, the quicker a quarterback emerges, the more Harsin will be able to do.

3. Can the defense improve? Unlike Harsin, Manny Diaz had a bit more established talent to work with on defense in his first season as defensive coordinator. That being said, Diaz will likely begin implementing new things in his second year as well, which means that a defense that was already the best unit in the Big 12 last season could get even better and more unpredictable in 2012.

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Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:21 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Texas

yes, championship

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:26 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Texas

The medis and Texas' coaching staff is being overly harsh with Texas' quarterbacks.  Expectatio
ns should not be overly optimistic when your options are a true freshman and a redshirt freshman. It is unrealistic to think that these kids can just come in and become superstars. The majority of good college quarterbacks were not all that good the first year they took the helm, particularly those that were freshmen. Perhaps Texas and their is being too impatient in wanting their  new quarterback to be an instant Colt McCoy or Vince Young, who if I recall correctly was not all that great his first year.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Texas

might be a big problem for Horns since Mack Brown can't tell the difference from a bass fiddle and corn cobb - thought last year's Heisman Trophy winer (a QB) should be a DB.  Geesch - no wonder Texas is luck to find six wins a year.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:59 pm

Spring Practice Primer: Texas


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