The Texas Longhorns are back on the field.
The 2018 season was a successful outing, but last season — and the season before at that — did not start successfully. The Longhorns have not won a season opener under head coach Tom Herman and look to change their fortunes Saturday against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Texas has a ton of talent, but has to figure out how to replace major pieces on offense and defense while continuing to build on the momentum of a year ago. The injury bug has already struck, specifically at the running back position, with Daniel Young and Kirk Johnson sidelined for multiple weeks, while Keaontay Ingram is on the mend, but will play.
The Longhorns also have to figure out how to replace all three starting defensive linemen and three linebackers, both of which would be a challenge on their own. Again, the talent is there, but there’s nothing that can substitute for experience.
- The Longhorns incredible talent at defensive back will hopefully alleviate the lack of depth elsewhere.
Bearing in mind Texas’ well-documented lack of depth and experience at linebacker, this will, at times, mean the Longhorns will replace a linebacker with some of its several starting-caliber safeties. And this goes beyond the typical six-defensive-back Lighting Dime package that Texas has instituted with much success throughout the previous two seasons.
- The Longhorn Republic podcast previews the season opener.
- Get insights on the Bulldogs from the experts at Underdog Dynasty.
- Todd Orlando breaks down the defensive personnel heading into Saturday’s matchup:
“I think if you can go out and, in my opinion, cover the guys we have on the offensive side of the ball, and do that consistently, that gives you some confidence. I like how he attacks the football, he’s very athletic, he’s long, and he can make plays. So excited to watch him play.”
- Sam Ehlinger has the opportunity to take it to another level in his junior campaign.
- Louisiana Tech safety L’Jarius Snead gave the Texas receivers some bulletin board material.
- Quarterback Roschon Johnson looking to contribute any way he can, even if it means changing positions.
- The BON staff gives you some quick insights into the 2019 season and season opener.
- Sophomore WR Joshua Moore (suspension) — out
- Junior RB Daniel Young (ankle) — out
- Senior RB Kirk Johnson (knee) — out
- Freshman OL Reese Moore (knee) — out
How to Watch:
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 7:00 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Texas -19.5
Weather: High of 98 degrees and a mostly sunny
Longhorn City Limits: Jack Ingram, Jane Ellen Bryant, and More Cowbell