So…I broke down the Texas spring game with careful attention to detail. You can read it at Inside Texas here.
Because I’m a Texas fan and alum, no matter how critical I am of the program or the team, any time I suggest that they’ll be very good in some facet people tend to write it off as homerism. I’m sure many will do that here, it is what it is.
Texas looks very good. Most won’t be surprised by that since all the blue-chippers that Charlie recruited are now entering their junior and sophomore seasons but I think they may actually skip the step from “underachieving loser” to “winner” and jump all the way up to “Big 12 contender.”
They have the athletes and scheme to cause serious havoc in the pass-rush, I’m not sure I’ve seen a team with better pass-rush players/scheme at Texas since the 2008 squad that featured Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle (been thinking a lot about 2008 recently). If they can shore up their fundamentals in defending the middle of the field from spread passing concepts and spread run game this could be the best defense in the Big 12.
Generally TCU is much more sound and effective in those regards but TCU simply doesn’t have the same athletic firepower as this Texas roster. Oklahoma is close in terms of athleticism but they are a bit younger and (somehow) even less proven at a few key spots. What’s more, I think Orlando>Cautious Mike.
Collin Johnson is probably a 1st or 2nd team All-B12 WR (when’s the last time Texas had one of those?) and Shane Buechele is coming along nicely in the new passing game. The guards are very good, the LT is a future 1st round draft pick…there’s a lot of things coming together for Texas right now.
Of course they picked the hardest possible year of this decade to make a big run at the Big 12 title but at least they should help raise the entertainment level of this coming season.