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Super commenter patienthornsfan drew our attention to a terrific story in the Beaumont Enterprise that nicely highlights some of the new Longhorn football players summer schedules. Several things from the story jump out immediately, starting with the bit about Sergio Kindle:

But on the other side of their front door, there's a 6-foot-4, 225-pound alarm clock who reminds them that no, you can't miss class. And no, you can't miss workouts. And no, you can't miss those involuntary, player-organized 7-on-7 games at night.

Sergio Kindle bangs. He yells. He pops some music into his system - Kindle's first choice is DSR, an underground rap sensation from his native Dallas - and cranks it up.

"Get up!" shouts Kindle, a linebacker and fellow freshman. "Get the (bleep) up! Work time, you (bleeping bleepers)!"

As Team America would say: "F*ck Yeah!"

That made my heart flutter. I also peed my pants thinking about Kindle banging on my door. Seriously, look at this guy:


This man hates lethargy.

With this bit of news, plus his fearsome reputation at linebacker, the nickname possibilities are endless. The Enforcer. The Whip. The Human Alarm Clock.

This guy is meat. I've already reserved my favorite Horn crush for JC, so patienthornsfan, I'll let you have Kindle. Just don't oversleep or he'll bite your foot off.

There's more good stuff in this article, though. Consider these tidbits the Enterprise provides:

One thing is for sure: Their days have never been longer. For the two freshmen, a typical day during the summer has gone something like this:

*  Kindle bangs on the door, and they get to class. If they miss it, Beasley says, the coaches will know.

"You don't want to get a call," he adds. "We'll leave it at that."

  •  Breakfast.
  •  A trip to the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, where the players work out. Every day brings a new, organized, mapped-out challenge. "When you finish," Joseph said, "you're ready to die right quick."
  •  Rest.
  •  Weight-lifting sessions.
  •  Study hall until 4:30 p.m., which is mandatory for freshmen.
  •  Night classes until 8:30 p.m.
  •  7-on-7 drills until 10:30 p.m. - "or until the last player walks off the field," Joseph says. "If the offense doesn't score a touchdown, (tailback) Selvin Young won't leave the field."
  •  Lights out.

Two things of note. First, it's good to see that there's some effort being made to get these guys in class and studying. You can't hold everyone's hand, but there appears to be some concerted effort to at least lead them to the trough. Hopefully, they'll drink. After the Ramonce Taylor fiasco, and his departure from the program, I'd guess some of these guys took note.

Second, Selvin Young looks like he's taking the leadership of the offense. Along with this report, others have been reporting that the senior tailback has become much, much more vocal this year. He was Vince Young's roommate, so maybe some of that leadership rubbed off.

I am so, so ready for some collegiate football.

--PB--