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I know it's hard to distill your thoughts on the team into just a few sentences but I'd like to know what are your biggest thoughts/concerns heading into spring ball.
For me, it's the positional battles. Without Trey Hopkins, I don't know if Dom Espinosa is going to be pushed at all at center. However, it might be interesting to see if Curtis Riser can overtake Sed Flowers as the primary back-up at guard and to see if Texas tinkers with moving Donald Hawkins inside in prep for the arrival of Desmond Harrison.
Outside of that, it's finding out exactly where Hassan Ridgeway is in the process of being a factor. Not just a contributor, but a factor.
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I believe all of our lbs are healthy and participating in spring. I think besides Hicks you can throw a blanket around the rest. It will be interesting to see if manny can sort things out in that particular position (as well as the d in general). I know Bluiet (sp) just moved to DE, but will be interested to see his progress.
Backup QB, pecking order at DE, DB, WR.
My biggest concerns are 1) the defense and can/will Diaz adjust his style and playcalling. Too much talent on this D to be as bad as we were last year.
2) the offensive line coming together and improving.
offensive line holds the key on offense. I'm sorry but I'm not a Dom Espinosa fan..
Also, how is Major gonna use Daje? Is Steve Edmond gonna drop some pounds and improve his instincts
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by TimmyLonghorn 14 months ago
"I don't hate you, I'm just not necessarily excited about your existence."
For me, it’s all about the defense and the ability to stop teams. Because, I do not want UT to become an Arena team. I personally do not like to see games where each team has 50 or 60 points.
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I am interested to see if we have anything from Ridgeway, Norman or Boyette. It will probably determine if Texas goes harder after Juco DTs next year.
I also want to see if Colbert can step up and contribute.
And will McFarland get more run in an up-tempo offense with more receiving options.
I'd say finding somebody who is the right linebacker group who can fit running lane correctly and also getting an identity on offense and sticking with it. But there are a lot of issues I have concerns with this team to be honest.
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Let them learn to TACKLE in the Spring. Let them hit each other, get physical and let the injury concern fall where it does. Maybe protect Ash, but that's about it. If they can't learn to be physical and hit and TACKlE, we might as well forget 2013 season
I want to see if this oline can take the next step. A few years ago they were terrible, now they are decent to good. Lets see if they can finally become an elite group again.
With zero coaching experience to my credit, I toss out this idea: I'd like to see Texas work some on a 3-4 base defense. If our DTs aren't going to be any better than last year shedding blocks and pushing the pocket, then let's tinker with Jackson at NG, Ridgeway/Reed and Malcom Brown at DE, Santos and Edmond at MLB, and Hicks, Thompson, Jinkens and Jackson rotating at OLB. Seems like it plays to our strengths better.
I agree with the tackling point, but there were several plays a game where the defense could not stop the other team if they were playing touch. Therefore, it is scheme first and tackling and being physical next.
This post was edited by CelinaHorn 14 months ago
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