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Good breakdown from Dave Campbell's Texas Football about who is returning what on the offensive line. Texas is the only D1 school in the state to return all five starters.
No Big 12 team returns four starters either, while two Big 12 schools return three.
All 5 OL Starters Back: Texas
That’s right: only the Longhorns will bring back their offensive line entirely intact – from left to right, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Dom Espinosa, Mason Walters and Josh Cochran. The unit was good-not-great last year, ranking as the 23rd most efficient rushing offense in the country last year according to Football Outsiders’ S&P+ Ratings and allowing just 16 sacks (tied for 24th fewest in the nation). If you’re looking for a reason to be bullish on the Longhorns, look no further than up front.
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This is the year to see what Searels (and Wylie) have done.
A lot of people are very upset that we aren't Alabama up front, but I've seen major steps forward every year since 2010, and that's really all you can ask until you replace personnel.
Looking back, the 2012 OL was lightyears ahead of 2010. The 2010 OL was stalemated by weak DLs, crushed by good DL, and absolutely thrown around by the great DLs. The 2012 OL wasn't great by any means, but they were pushing around the weaker DLs and getting stalemates and some push against the good to great DL.
The next step is to get push when you need to against the good to great DL on the schedule. Still not holding my breath on a great OL this year, but to not see the year-to-year improvement 2010<2011<2012 is to not be paying attention.
I thought the OL was average last year. Hopefully with adding Harrison and James the OL can be above average to good this year. I also think the new up tempo offense should help the OL.
I agree. The change of offensive philosophy in general should help, imo.
Well said. I think the O-line this year will be good (not great) which is the first time we have been able to say this in many years. Going hurry up will help them as much as an extra year of experience and coaching and growth does. Should really help a guy like Espinosa who struggles to go toe to toe with the bigger nose guards.
I would not count on a Freshman.coming in and saving the day! This is a different game, played at a different speed, by full grown men. Harrison may help mid seasons as he is a Juco transfer, but any team that HAS to start a freshman on the Oline is in trouble.
This is about where I am. A good OL paired with a great RB corps and helped out by thinning the box with more spread concepts and less 22 personnel trying to pound the middle after announcing attentions to the world.
I'm optimistic about the offense next year. Its the defense that has me unable to confidently predict overall team improvement because I'm just baffled by the fundamental breakdowns in the defense.
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