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It seems like any school that focuses on bringing in players from the state of Texas seems to have trouble running the football when it has to.
Teams like OU that mainly have Texas talent on the roster can only seem to run the ball by setting the run up with the pass. Most high school teams in the state of Texas are running the spread offense.
Do you think this hurts OL because they haven't been asked to run block much until they get into college ball?
Can the same thing be said for DL having trouble against power run blocking because they haven't seen it much until they get into college ball?
Texas does not have a ton of power run blockers. Part of that is the proliferation of approx 60-75pct of the schools in the state where OLs are in a two-point stance most of the time.
As for the DLs, it's the position that is at a premium in the state. Not enough good ones to go around IMO.
This post was edited by BobbyBurton 18 months ago
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Plenty of NFL top 5 draft picks from Texas OL in the past 5-6 years...Jason Smith (#2), Trent Williams (#4), Russell Okung (#6), Luke Joeckel (soon top 5), and Jake Matthews (top 10 next year).
It's just a matter of being able to identify the talent, project the frame, and develop the talent. But, to Bobby's point, these guys are pass blockers as their calling card, not necessarily power run blockers per se.
What kind of offenses are they running at the high school level in the southeast? I can't imagine the spread hasn't...spread to Alabama and Louisiana.
They're running that beat the snot of of you offense with 350 lb behemoths.
It has but not nearly as prevalent.
The spread is only one factor, however. The other is that Texas does not produce the volume that the deep south does. As good as Texas is, the deep south produces about 3x the total talent as Texas, if you include Florida. If you don't include Florida, it's still roughly 2x (Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina all are top 10 talent producing states; then you have the state of Mississippi which is outstanding despite smaller numbers).
A&M led the SEC in rushing and has a number of guys that will play in the league on the current Oline...
That's an eye-opening number, particularly for those that have been presuming the State of Texas has more football talent than anywhere else. Hearing that the Deep South produces 2-3 X the football talent that the State of Texas does sure makes one question the logic of Mack Brown's resistance to OOS recruiting.
More and more, I'm coming to believe that athletics at Texas has wrapped itself in a cocoon of financial success. Meanwhile, the competition moved past us as we're telling ourselves we're great because "We're Texas".
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