The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
The owner's servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
‘An enemy did this,' he replied.
The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
‘No,' he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'
Texas Longhorns football has reached an interesting point in its history. The future is always unknown, but now it seems particularly uncertain. The potential of coach Charlie Strong's first full recruiting class is undeniable -- it is right there on the television screen in front of you -- but man, this program has a long way to go. We may be looking at the embryonic stages of a future football juggernaut. Or, perhaps we aren't. No one has a crystal ball.
And perhaps this week several critical steps were taken. First, mid-week Strong put wide receivers coach Jay Norvell in charge of the Texas offense. Second, redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard was given the opportunity to start a game.
The result of these two changes was a Texas offense that appears to be staggering towards competence, although it can be a little hard to tell how much of the offensive improvement will sustain once the Longhorns are facing stiffer competition. Meanwhile, a young defense continues to have good plays and bad plays.
While watching this team I cannot help but think that I am really just biding my time. It will be a few years before the harvest comes in, and the wheat and weeds are sorted.
While Texas fans are understandably excited to have a new quarterback, Jerrod Heard's name is going to make my Twitter searching a little bit more challenging. The tweet below neatly encapsulates why.
Just heard that Heard is in for Texas— Rick Vargas (@RickVargas58) September 13, 2015
But who cares about me? Changing the quarterback gives fans of a team hope.
HEARD IS THE FUTURE OF LONGHORN FOOTBALL. QUOTE ME ON THAT TIL PROBABLY THIS TIME IN TWO YEARS WHEN I WILL DENY SAYING SUCH A THING— Dylan (@SirMacDylan) September 13, 2015
Jerrod Heard looks light years better than Swoopes. It's worrying why the Texas coaches didn't put him in earlier. #HookEm— Chris (@obit_rice) September 13, 2015
Heard wasn't the only Longhorn making plays. Texas punt returner Daje Johnson ran out of the doghouse, onto the field, and into the endzone.
85 yard punt return by Daje Johnson & it was beautiful!!!!!! Texas 14-0 Rice #HookEm— Michelle Frasch (@michelle785) September 13, 2015
But it wasn't all puppies and sunshine for Texas fans. The young Texas defense had a hard time getting off the field against Rice, and caused some frustration among Longhorn backers.
Just a frustrating night for the Texas Defense. We should dominate Rice.— Jeff Schreve (@jeffschreve) September 13, 2015
Texas defense is sloppier than my nachos rn— Elias Huerta (@eliaspapyrus) September 13, 2015
After a tough week, Strong was probably just happy to get a win.
Please help me understand this
I often run across tweets that I cannot follow. But it has been a while since I have seen one that leaves me as confused as this one does.
Charlie Strong is the Diane Keaton of the NCAA. @UT_mockturtle— Jen Stanaland (@the_onlyblonde) September 13, 2015
I don't know how to start to make a credible interpretation of this. Keaton is perhaps best known for two roles: Kay Adams, the wife of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, and the title character in Annie Hall. But these movies have no answers for me, or at least no obvious ones.
Diane Keaton has has a long resume, and I have only seen a small fraction of the movies that she has made. (I think the only Diane Keaton movie I have seen that was released after 1980 was The Godfather: Part III.) So perhaps one of our readers can help me out.
A special guest
As the regular readers of this blog know, I am much more of a basketball guy. And Kevin Durant was at the Texas game.
It seems KD also found time to hang out with some of the current basketball players, including freshman wing Tevin Mack.
Me and the best player in the world pic.twitter.com/hCcNjjisan— Tevin Mack (@Tmack_0) September 12, 2015
The Final Word
Jerrod Heard and Malik Jefferson. This is your future, Texas. Look forward to it for once.— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 13, 2015