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Longhorn Round-Up presented by My Chihuahua Bites Salsa with Hookem.com is back again in this bi-weekly podcast.

In this episode of the Longhorn Round-Up the guys break down Texas' win over the Baylor Bears.

The team of Hookem.com's Jeff Howe, Austin radio veteran Matt Butler and lifetime Longhorn, six-year NFL veteran and current sideline reporter for Texas Longhorns football Rod Babers take Longhorn fans through more than an hour of nothing but Longhorn football talk.

In this episode the guys break down the Longhorns' 56-50 victory over the Baylor Bears, they share their opinions on the good, and the bad, from Saturday night's game. They go into depth regarding the issues with the Texas defense, the success of the Texas offense, and everything else that involves the Texas Longhorns football team and their future this season.

Like every show there are ten quick-hitting Longhorn questions in “The Blitz”, all of which stem from the Texas' shootout victory over Baylor.

In this episode's version of “Hearing from the Horns”, they guys hear from head coach Mack Brown, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin as well as sophomore quarterback .

Longhorn Round-Up presented by My Chihuahua Bites Salsa (69:50)

0:18 – Calls of the week from the Voice of the Longhorns, Craig Way -Part One
5:35 – Initial thoughts from the Baylor game
8:35 – A couple things that Mack did that were out of the ordinary against Baylor

Segment 1: Gridiron Talk presented by Callahan's General Store (12:37)
13:38 – Calls of the week from the Voice of the Longhorns, Craig Way - Part Two
14:35 – On Baylor's crucial fumble
17:20 – One thing that Texas did horrible in the first half, but did well in the second half
21:35 – How much can the defense improve before the end of the year
23:57 – Where Big 12 defenses rank nationally
26:40 – What perplexes Rod the most about the Texas defense
29:31 – Rod explains the mindset of a player in situational downs
34:04 – Rod on film study
38:10 – On the intense week of practice prior to the Baylor game
40:32 – On the play of the offensive line against Baylor
41:10 – One formation that worked very well for Texas against Baylor
44:01 – Some impressive numbers for the Texas running backs and the Texas offense
47:01 – Hearing from the Horns....Manny Diaz on what the defense needs to do to improve
48:18 – Hearing from the Horns....Mack Brown on how he told the defense to handle critics
49:30 – Hearing from the Horns....Bryan Harsin on what really impressed him on Saturday night
50:23 – Hearing from the Horns....David Ash on why the offense has been so good on third down and in the red zone
51:17 – Closing thoughts from the Texas/Baylor game

Segment 2: The Blitz (56:21)
56:47 – Is David Ash's go-to receiver Mike Davis ?
57:04 – Would you take Terrance Williams or Tavon Austin if you were an NFL General Manager?
57:40 – What is the Texas offensive line's grade for the Baylor game?
58:02 – Has DT Malcom Brown earned more snaps?
58:31 – David Ash's performance against Baylor was _____?
60:31 – Is M.J. McFarland the answer at the tight end position by the end of the year?
61:04 – Is Alex Okafor an All-American?
61:54 – What is one word that describes the Texas defense?
62:11 – Who needs more touches? The combo of D.J. Monroe and Daje Johnson, or Jaxon Shipley?
62:42 – Is Baylor's defense the worst Rod has ever seen?

Segment 3: Overtime (64:14)
64:33 – Bennie Wylie's inspiration for “Overtime”
63:19 – Jeff's “Overtime” on the Texas program
65:59 – The Next Episode

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  • Longhorn Round-Up presented by My Chihuahua Bites Salsa (69:50)

    0:18 – Calls of the week from the Voice of the Longhorns, Craig Way -Part One
    5:35 – Initial thoughts from the Baylor game
    8:35 – A couple things that Mack did that were out of the ordinary against Baylor

    Segment 1: Gridiron Talk presented by Callahan's General Store (12:37)
    13:38 – Calls of the week from the Voice of the Longhorns, Craig Way - Part Two
    14:35 – On Baylor's crucial fumble
    17:20 – One thing that Texas did horrible in the first half, but did well in the second half
    21:35 – How much can the defense improve before the end of the year
    23:57 – Where Big 12 defenses rank nationally
    26:40 – What perplexes Rod the most about the Texas defense
    29:31 – Rod explains the mindset of a player in situational downs
    34:04 – Rod on film study
    38:10 – On the intense week of practice prior to the Baylor game
    40:32 – On the play of the offensive line against Baylor
    41:10 – One formation that worked very well for Texas against Baylor
    44:01 – Some impressive numbers for the Texas running backs and the Texas offense
    47:01 – Hearing from the Horns....Manny Diaz on what the defense needs to do to improve
    48:18 – Hearing from the Horns....Mack Brown on how he told the defense to handle critics
    49:30 – Hearing from the Horns....Bryan Harsin on what really impressed him on Saturday night
    50:23 – Hearing from the Horns....David Ash on why the offense has been so good on third down and in the red zone
    51:17 – Closing thoughts from the Texas/Baylor game

    Segment 2: The Blitz (56:21)
    56:47 – Is David Ash's go-to receiver Mike Davis ?
    57:04 – Would you take Terrance Williams or Tavon Austin if you were an NFL General Manager?
    57:40 – What is the Texas offensive line's grade for the Baylor game?
    58:02 – Has DT Malcom Brown earned more snaps?
    58:31 – David Ash's performance against Baylor was _____?
    60:31 – Is M.J. McFarland the answer at the tight end position by the end of the year?
    61:04 – Is Alex Okafor an All-American?
    61:54 – What is one word that describes the Texas defense?
    62:11 – Who needs more touches? The combo of D.J. Monroe and Daje Johnson, or Jaxon Shipley?
    62:42 – Is Baylor's defense the worst Rod has ever seen?

    Segment 3: Overtime (64:14)
    64:33 – Bennie Wylie's inspiration for “Overtime”
    63:19 – Jeff's “Overtime” on the Texas program
    65:59 – The Next Episode

  • 41:10 – One formation that worked very well for Texas against Baylor

    Love what we're seeing from MJ McFarland the last few games. If McFarland takes the next step in the offseason in the weight room and being an effective blocker, and if Greg Daniels works diligently with Ash all offseason on his short to intermediate routes and ball skills, Texas will be loaded at ALL of the offensive skill positions, something that can't be said of a Texas team since 2007 maybe. This would also allow Geoff Swaim to be more of a fullback/h-back, which is what he plays at his JUCO, and would allow them to bring Caleb Bluiett and Durham Smythe along slowly. Lots of ifs but things are looking up.

  • Athletically speaking, it looks like M.J. can be a guy that could really take the offense to the next level if everything else clicks. I really like that package/formation as well.

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  • I posted this in another thread, but I also wanted to share the info here...

    Random stats:

    Johnathan Gray, Joe Bergeron, Daje Johnson combined for 34 carries for 263 yards (7.74 yards/rush) and 7 touchdowns.

    Ten Texas receivers had receptions out of the 19 passes completed.

    Texas averaged 8.5 yards per play on first down on offense.

    Baylor was 0/8 on third down at the until the 6:29 mark of the 4th quarter.

    Against the zone-read with Florence keeping the ball in the first half... Four carries for 59 yards (rushes of 8, 11, 23, 17) and a touchdown, and a seven yard touchdown on a zone-read play-action pass (just to add, Florence's only other rush was an 11-yard scramble).

    Against the zone read in the second half... One rush for minus-one yards, but Florence fumbled into the end zone off a Vaccaro forced fumble and Baylor recovered the ball in the end zone. The only zone-read play action pass was on the play that Cedric got a sack.

    Why some numbers matter more than others....

    Baylor rushing (5.8/rush, 255 yards), Texas (5.7/rush, 251 yards)
    Baylor passing (8.6/attempt, 11 incompletions), Texas (8.8/attempt, 12 incompletions)
    Baylors total (7.1/play), Texas (7.0/play)
    Baylor penalties (5-55), Texas (5-52)
    Baylor T.O.P. (29:29), Texas (30:31)

    And the numbers that matter....
    Baylor had two turnovers, Texas had zero turnovers.
    Baylor was 3/12 on third down, Texas was 10/16 on third down.

    Baylor had 35 plays in the first half, scoring 31 points.
    Baylor had 50 plays in the second half, scoring 19 points.

    What should you take from that stat? I believe that the ideology that bending, but not breaking, can be statistically proven as the best way to defend potent offenses. Texas was able to make Baylor move the ball methodically down the field while taking up game time and still trying to come from behind. If Texas gives up scoring drives on series that are just two or three plays, the final score could have been a totally different story.

    In the last 15:09 of the game, Texas ran twelve run plays for 64 yards, and completed 2/3 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown (only incompletion was on the pass to M.J. McFarland down the seam). Not fancy numbers, but they were able to control the ball and prevent the opposition from having the chance to come from behind. (Game log... six straight rushes for 31 yards, fifteen yard touchdown to Mike Davis, two rushes for 25 yards, seven yard screen pass to Daje Johnson, one rush for -4 yards, incompletion to M.J. McFarland, three rushes for twelve yards).

    One piece of clock management bothered me. At the end of the first half, and at the end of the fourth quarter, Texas could have ran more time off the clock. I can understand this occuring on the few wildcat snaps because you have a freshman running a formation based on hitting a specific hole, or the sweep man on the edge, so the best time to snap the ball may not be late in the play clock and a freshman can't be expected to have the wherewithal to make the decisions of a quarterback. The plays where the standard offense snapped the ball with ten to fifteen seconds left on the play clock preplexed me.

    Other notes...

    Trey Hopkins jumped off the screen at least five times with kick out blocks, driving opponents ten yards downfield, and great pulling. Mike Davis, M.J. McFarland, Jaxon Shipley and D.J. Grant also had good blocks downfield.

    Josh Turner had a really good game. Tied at 28, Turner had a sack, then an interception, on back-to-back plays to help swing the momentum. Texas scored five plays later. Turner also had a really big play when he knocked Lanear Sampson out of the end zone on a pass that Sampson may have landed in bounds for a touchdown. He also tackled well.

    A big swing.... I thought that going deep to Mike Davis on a play-action pass pass on first down after he had dropped a key pass on third down play which was sandwiched between Baylor scoring twelve unanswered points to cut the Texas lead to 42-20. I thought that was really big.

    Unfortunately, another fourth down stop was ruined this week. This time, a sack/fumble recovery was negated because of an offsides penalty.

    Texas still had a lot of pre-snap confusion on defense. The tackling was better, but still missing tackles. There were plays where Texas was beat on play-action and double moves and there were still players being broke down in open field field situations.

    This post was edited by Mbutler 18 months ago

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