With 14 practices and a pair of scrimmages now in the books, all that remains is the Texas Longhorns Orange-White spring game.
Set to get underway on Saturday evening — weather permitting — the spring game will provide the masses with the first public glimpse of a Texas team that’s garnered its fair share of both, praise and critique throughout the recent weeks. Despite injuries and NFL-caliber departures from Malik Jefferson, DeShon Elliott, Holton Hill and Poona Ford, reports have raved of Texas’ potential in year two under Todd Orlando, and most notably, the emergence of early enrollees Anthony Cook, Caden Sterns, Ayodele Adeoye and BJ Foster.
Meanwhile, although the offense isn’t where Tom Herman wants it to be, the ‘Horns second-year head coach has praised progress made by the skill positions and he hopes to see a more cohesive unit along the offensive line under first-year offensive line coach Herb Hand, although the ‘Horns have dealt with their share of injuries there, as well.
In any case, although the play-calling and schemes may be fairly vanilla in hopes of leaving little on film, Saturday will serve as the first sighting of the 2018 Texas Longhorns.
- Who’s QB1? Projecting the Longhorns spring game depth chart.
- Some of Texas’ top targets will be on the Forty Acres this weekend.
One of the nation’s premier pass-catching prospects, Wilson wants to see the Longhorns offense take notable strides in the right direction.
Of course, the ‘Horns hosting key offensive line targets in Kenyon Green, Tyler Johnson, Javonne Shepherd and Branson Bragg is a significant development, as well.
- Several Longhorns will be sidelined as they work through various injuries.
- “This team looks drastically different.”
I was down there last spring and there were just a couple of guys that were, ‘They’re clearly really good players.’ Connor Williams was one of them. Malik Jefferson was one of them. Then there were just a lot of question marks.
Then this year, when I went down and I’m standing there with coach (Tom) Herman, it hits me like a ton of bricks. It’s like, ‘This team looks drastically different.’ From size, speed potential, athleticism, it looks drastically different than it did a year ago at this time.
- What to expect from the Orange-White spring game.
As ever, the spring-ending scrimmage will be pure vanilla.
Inside zone. Quick game. Some play-action passes. Maybe even the requisite trick play. The defense will almost surely work some in the Lightning package, but won’t unveil any new blitzes.
With opposing programs ready to break down whatever Texas puts on film, the Horns aren’t going to give them much insight.
- The school released the Orange and White team rosters on Friday.
How to watch, listen, and stream
TV: Longhorn Network
Date and time: Saturday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. Central
Radio: 104.9 The Horn
Online Streaming: WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app
Weather: High of 72 degrees, low of 55 degrees, 80 percent chance of thunderstorms