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Unchartered Territory: Longhorns Taking Advantage of Early Signing Period

The Longhorns will sign a large portion of their 2018 class on December 20. What will they bring to the 40 acres?

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On Friday, Texas head coach Tom Herman mentioned the Longhorns would sign 3/4 of its signing class during the early signing period on December 20. This is a new implementation by the NCAA and adds to the constant saga that is college football recruiting. Let’s take a look at each recruit signing on Wednesday and their future on the 40 acres.

Cameron Rising – QB

The former Oklahoma commit and California native is an elite talent. Even though he is listed as a pro-style quarterback, Rising is not strictly limited to the pocket. His athleticism shows in his ability to escape the pocket and make plays with his feet. Rising is one of the best passing QBs in the country, and has an opportunity to compete for playing time immediately in Austin. Other schools such as Oregon are trying to pry Rising away from the Longhorns, but he is solid and will sign on the 20th.

Casey Thompson – QB

Thompson may not have as high a ceiling as Rising, but is still an extremely good take in this class. Thompson is exactly the type of quarterback that Tom Herman looks for. In a spectacular senior season, Thompson broke about every record in the state of Oklahoma that one can think of. Many see him as a QB2 take behind Rising, but that may not be the case. Thompson will have just as much opportunity as Rising to see the field as a freshman. With rumors about a potential Shane Buechele transfer circulating, both freshman QBs may be needed in 2018. 

Keaontay Ingram – RB

There’s no better way to put this – Ingram is the best back in the state, and it’s not even close. The Carthage product has taken the TXHSFB playoffs by storm and is showing everyone why he is such a highly coveted prospect. Ingram can do it all. His vision has drawn comparisons to a young Le’veon Bell, and he has soft hands out of the backfield. Ingram is not a lock to sign early, but is leaning towards doing so. Auburn and other big schools have made their way into the picture, but Ingram appears solid to the Longhorns. If he does not sign early, he will still likely stick with the Longhorns on National Signing Day, but will likely take some visits.

Brennan Eagles – WR

Before his senior season, Eagles was one of the most sought after wide receivers in the country. His decision ultimately came down to Texas and Clemson, and Texas just felt like home. Eagles did not have the best senior season, but the sky is the limit for the 6’4″, 215 pound prospect. The opportunity for early playing time is there, and Eagles knows it. He will compete for a spot on the outside, and may even give Collin Johnson a run for his money. Having Eagles and Johnson on opposite sides of each other is a scary thought.

Al’vonte Woodard – WR

Woodard announced today he will be signing on December 20. Even though Eagles has better measurables, I believe Woodard will be much more ready to play as a freshman. Woodard is solid outside receiver that poses a constant deep threat. Woodard earns his bread on vertical and post routes. If he can polish his short route game, he may see playing time often as a freshman. Woodard has been solid to the Longhorns since his commitment, and has proven to be quite the recruiter as well. The Texas receiving corps is deep, but Tom Herman demonstrated this year that he will play anyone that earns it. Woodard is more than capable of doing so as a freshman.

Reese Moore – OT

Moore is one of the more underrated prospects in the state. The 6’6″, 260 pound offensive tackle was a mauler up front for Seminole but also a huge threat through the air at tight end. Moore is going to need a redshirt to add some bulk to his body, but he has the frame of a tackle. Moore can also be an emergency tight end in the future if the Longhorns are thin at the position like they were in 2017. With Andrew Beck, Cade Brewer and Reese Leitao all being available next season, I doubt Moore will burn a redshirt in that capacity. 

Rafiti Ghirmai – OT

At 6’4″, 294 pounds, Ghirmai is more of a “college ready” prospect than Moore. What drew Ghirmai to Texas is the chance at early playing time. With huge depth needs at tackle, the future freshman may see the field often in 2018. A redshirt would clearly be beneficial, but this depends on who the Longhorns can reel in from the JUCO ranks. Playing time is not guranteed for Ghirmai, however. The Texas coaching staff really likes what they’ve seen out of RS freshman Sam Cosmi, who appears to be groomed to take over for future NFL starting left tackle Connor Williams. Either way, Ghirmai adds immediate depth to an injury-plagued offensive line. Ghirmai has not decided if he will sign early, but I am confident that he will stick with the Longhorns regardless. 

Malcolm Epps – TE

Epps is a great pass catching tight end, but extremely raw as a blocker. He must add to his frame before he will see the field. Epps is also a candidate to play defense off the edge, similar to a Charles Omenihu type role. If Epps sticks to offense, he will likely redshirt due to depth at the position and the importance of having an effective blocker there. The return of Andrew Beck will help immensely in that regard. In a few years, Epps is going to be dangerous through the air. Collin Johnson, Brennan Eagles and Malcolm Epps all on the field at the same time is going to be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Cameron Dicker – K

After Tom Herman signed Joshua Rowland, the No. 1 JUCO kicker in the nation in last year’s class, Texas fans thought former kicking woes might be over. This was not the case. Instead, Rowland went 10/17 with several blocked attempts throughout the year. Rowland was supposed to be “automatic” within 40 yards, but that also did not happen. For Lake Travis, Dicker has been the definition of automatic this season. He regularly drills attempts of 50+ yards and has accuracy unseen since Justin Tucker roamed the 40 acres. Texas fans should be thrilled about this signing. Dicker will be the kicker next year barring unforeseen circumstances.

Ayodele Adeoye – ILB

The IMG Academy product is dangerously close to flipping to Oklahoma during the year, and Lincoln Riley is still pushing hard. However, he appears to be ready to shut things down and sign with Texas on December 20. Adeoye could use a redshirt season, but will have an opportunity to compete for playing time right away. The best case scenario is that Malik Jefferson elects to stay for his senior year. If this were to happen, Adeoye would be able to redshirt barring injury to Jefferson or Gary Johnson. If Jefferson leaves, Johnson could move into his spot due to his athleticism and Adeoye could battle with Anthony Wheeler for the ILB position. Either way, Texas is getting a great prospect in Adeoye.

Byron Hobbs – OLB

Hobbs is one of the most underrated prospects in the state. He is versatile, quick, and unafraid to make a hit. To play OLB at Texas, Hobbs needs to add to his 209 pound frame. A redshirt season would not be a bad thing, but Hobbs is a competitor. Something tells me he will find a way to see the field. At 6’4″, Hobbs is still growing and has the ability to play different positions. He is a utility prospect that Todd Orlando can move around  to fit different needs. Hobbs and his family bleeds burnt orange. His passion for Texas reminds me of Reggie Hemphill-Mapps during his recruitment in 2016. The difference between Hobbs and Hemphill-Mapps? Hobbs has a secret weapon – his mother. It’s appropriate to give a shoutout to Mama Vaughns, one of the most elite recruiters in the country. She could give Bryan Carrington a run for his money.

D’Shawn Jamison – CB

I’m an absolute believer that Jamison is the best player in the state. He can do it all.  One of the more undervalued aspects of his game are his abilities in  kick and punt return. Jamison is flat out dangerous with the ball in his hands, and always finds himself near the ball on defense. At the very least, Jamison will see significant playing time on special teams next year. Texas’ kick return game has lacked for years now, and Jamison can turn that around. With the departure of Holton Hill, Jamison will also compete for a corner slot.

Jalen Green – CB

Similar to Jamison, Green will have every opportunity to play as a freshman. LSU is still a threat for Green. Not because he realistically wants to go to Baton Rouge, but because he’s listening to Ed Orgeron – one of the most dangerous recruiters in the nation. Even though this is the case, Green appears locked in. Things can change, but Green will likely sign on December 20. Green was sidelined by an injury at the end of his senior season, but has a very high ceiling coming in. This is one of the best defensive secondary classes in Texas history.

Anthony Cook – CB

For quite some time, it appeared Ohio State was the team to beat for Cook’s services. Now, the Buckeyes are on the outside looking in. This is a battle between Texas and LSU. Cook is going to announce his commitment on December 20 and sign early. I still feel good Cook and Texas. My official prediction is that he sides with the Longhorns. However, this is a very tight race and could go either way. Cook is the most college-ready prospect out of any DBs in this class. If he comes to Texas, he will easily be the frontrunner to win a starting job. Cook is a must have prospect, but the already legendary secondary haul could help soften the potential blow.

BJ Foster – S

After suffering an ACL tear his junior year, many were hesitant in their evaluations of Foster. Foster proved all of the doubters wrong in a superb senior season. The Angleton safety is absolutely lethal on both sides of the ball. With the ball in his hands, Foster is dangerous. His vision with the ball in his hands makes him quite the pick six threat in college. Even though Foster is an elite high school running back, his highest potential has always been at safety. He’s about as solid as it gets. With DeShon Elliot leaving, Foster has as great of a chance as any to take a spot in the secondary.

DeMarvion Overshown – S

Overshown had a rough stretch in the playoffs this year. However, he is very talented and will adjust well to the 40. One of Todd Orlando’s biggest challenges from the 2018 class is figuring out where Overshown best fits into his scheme. Overshown’s natural position is at safety, but many believe he could move to LB or even B-Backer with added weight to his frame. Overall, Overshown is a good prospect with solid potential. He reminds me of Brandon Jones coming out of high school – a big hitter who can move from good to great with proper coaching. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Overshown redshirt, but I believe he could be a prospect that comes out of nowhere and sees serious playing time in 2018.

Caden Sterns – S

Sterns is one of the most fundamentally sound prospects in the 2018 class. He might not be flashy and grab someone’s attention immediately, but he is one heck of a football player. He does everything right from proper tackling technique to fantastic vision through the air. I believe Sterns is a star in the making for the Longhorns – on and off the field. With the amount of depth in the secondary, he may be able to redshirt. However, he will compete for a spot. I could see Sterns being the Josh Thompson of the 2018 class – expected to redshirt but performs so well on the field that the coaching staff has no choice but to give him an opportunity. Either way, Texas is in good hands at safety for the foreseeable future.

 

Harrison is a proud alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin and a second-year law student at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he plans to get a J.D./M.S. in Sports Management. He hales from Baytown, TX, but will always consider Austin home. In his spare time Harrison enjoys hunting, sports and any activity pertaining to his dog.

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Commitment Spotlight: Tyler Owens

Texas has landed a commitment from highly coveted safety Tyler Owens. What does he bring to Todd Orlando’s defense?

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Following the “Stars at Night” camp in July, Texas extended several offers to prospects who impressed the coaches throughout the evening. One of those offers went to 2019 Plano East safety Tyler Owens, who won the fastest man competition. The Longhorns quickly became the front runner in his recruitment, and the intriguing prospect ultimately chose to shut down his recruitment and pledge to Texas.

Owens joins a secondary class that already has commitments from Mayfield (CA) S Chris Adimora, Grayson (GA) CB Kenyatta Watson II and Alvin CB Marques Caldwell. The 6’2, 202 pounder currently ranks as the 44th best safety in the country and the 631st player overall, according to the 247sports composite rankings. Owens chose the Longhorns over offers from 14 other schools, including Baylor, Houston, Nebraska and UCLA.

Player Information

Name: Tyler Owns
Position: S
High School: Plano East
City & State: Plano, Texas

Measurables

Height: 6’2
Weight:  202
40-yard time: 4.48
Shuttle: 3.29
Vertical: N/A

Statistics

No stats available.

Film

Tyler Owens Junior Season

Pros:

  • Very reliable tackler. Wraps up and takes good angles to the ball carrier. Good technique.
  • Has a knack for squaring ball carriers up and laying some pretty solid hits.
  • While his straight line speed isn’t as noticeable as it may be when he is in shorts, Owens definitely shows the ability to stick his foot in the ground and get downhill quickly.
  • Shows a good football IQ. Diagnoses plays well and knows where to be on the field.
  • Very good special teams player. Uses his speed to get down the field on kickoffs and always seems to find the ball.
  • Played very good competition. Had highlights against 6A state champion Highland Park and plays in the same district as state powerhouse Allen.

Cons:

  • Needs to continue to develop his ball skills. Shows the ability to defend the pass, but will need to work on getting his head around and finding the ball.
  • Positional fit. Owens best fit could be at linebacker after he spends a season or two in a college strength and conditioning program.
  • Tests extremely well, but you don’t see those athletic traits translating much to his tape.
  • Seems a little stiff on tape, so that will be something to take monitor when his senior tape comes out. Could factor in to where he projects long-term.

Summary

When you turn on the film for Owens, the first thing to stick out is how projectable he is. He could easily add weight and spin down to linebacker, which wouldn’t be bad at all considering his reliability as a tackler and how well he defends the run. It is easy to see why Todd Orlando and Craig Naivar like Owens. He has a nose for the football and his athleticism will allow him to be utilized in multiple ways. 2018 signee DeMarvion Overshown had a similar build to Owens coming out of Arp (6’3, 200 pounds), and there are definitely some similarities in the way the two  play.

If Owens sticks at safety, he will need to continue to work on defending the pass. His speed helps him tremendously when tracking down the ball in the air, but there will be a learning curve as he adjusts to the passing game at the college level. Owens possesses great athleticism, as seen by his testing numbers, but it is a bit concerning that you don’t see that explosiveness and twitch on tape much. Is he a combine warrior or does he just need more time in the incubator to unlock his potential? It will be interesting to see what the senior film beholds because it could be a solid indicator for what his development curve is.

Final Verdict

After hearing how Owens performed in the camp setting and watching his film, there should not be any doubts about whether he is a take for Texas. The loaded 2018 defensive back class should allow almost all the 2019 signees in the secondary to be eased into action. Owens has a very high ceiling, and the Texas coaching staff feels confident they can tap into his potential.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: TCU

The Longhorns had many positives and some negatives to analyze after a big win over TCU on Saturday

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For the second straight week, Texas physically outplayed a ranked opponent. The Longhorns opened Big 12 play with a 31-16 win over TCU. Similar to last week, the win featured a lot of good and not a lot of bad, but let’s take a look at some takeaways from an impressive victory over the Horned Frogs:

The Good

The Secondary

Entering Saturday’s contest, there were a lot of questions about how the Texas secondary would hold up against a TCU passing attack that featured several talented playmakers. The Longhorns defensive backs ended up surrendering only 197 passing yards to Shawn Robinson, and came away with three interceptions. Kris Boyd, Brandon Jones, Caden Sterns and Devante Davis all had big moments. Sterns in particular continues to shine as a freshman, recording both interceptions and playing well in run support. Boyd and Davis each had a few plays they would like to forget, but the duo played well overall.

Collin Johnson

It is no secret that Collin Johnson has the skill set to take over games at the receiver position, but #9 turned in one of his most memorable performances in a Texas uniform. Johnson recorded his 3rd 100+ yard game in his career, finishing the night with 7 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. In addition to his big game catching the ball, Johnson also had a huge block to help spring Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s  game-clinching 38-yard touchdown reception in the 4th quarter.

Johnson’s talent has never been in question, but Saturday’s performance proves that the junior can be a matchup nightmare and has what it takes to be Sam Ehlinger’s #1 receiver.

Turnover-Free Sam

For the third consecutive game, Sam Ehlinger played a turnover-free game. Don’t look now, but the sophomore has now thrown 8 touchdown passes compared to just 2 interceptions. Tom Herman commented after the game that a lot of Ehlinger’s progress is due to the offensive staff calling plays he is comfortable with and not asking him to do too much. There may not be a play that describes Ehlinger’s development more than his touchdown pass to Humphrey, where Ehlinger stood in the pocket, thought about bailing, but took a few steps back before finding Humphrey over the middle of the field.

The Bad

Slow Start

In 3 of the 4 games for the Longhorns this season, their opponent has scored on their first possession. Yesterday, the Horned Frogs drove down the field with relative ease before having to settle for 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Song. Although the sample size is still relatively small, the Texas defense needs to do a better job of settling down early in games and not letting their opponents draw first blood.

Short Yardage Situations

Facing a 4th and 1 in the second quarter, Texas did something that I haven’t seen since 2016: playing under center. The result? A pitch play on the short side of the field to Daniel Young that resulted in the loss of a yard. In real time, I agreed with the decision to go for it, but the play call and personnel that matched it were very questionable. It didn’t end up hurting Texas in the long run, but the offensive coaching staff needs to do a better job of sticking with what makes sense.

The Ugly

Special Teams

A week after nailing all 3 of his field goal attempts, Cameron Dicker came back down to Earth by making only 1 of 3 field goals, missing very badly on his final attempt. Ryan Bujcevski averaged 39 yards on 5 punt attempts, but it is obvious that Tom Herman does not have a ton of confidence in his punter. Herman chose not to re-kick following an offsides penalty on a punt, likely because he didn’t want to risk a possible block or a shank from the freshman. D’Shawn Jamison made a mistake on during a kickoff return, bringing out a kick that went 3 yards into the endzone, resulting in a short return and a holding penalty, forcing Texas to start a drive at their own 5.

Special teams mistakes have not cost Texas a game to this point in the year, but if the Longhorns plan on competing for a Big 12 title, they must make corrections. 

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Texas drops #17 TCU 31-16

Tom Herman got his first signature win over Gary Patterson and TCU on Saturday

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The Texas Longhorns entered Saturday’s game looking to put an end to a nasty trend of losing to TCU — a team they have historically had their way with.  Recent history has proven this task difficult, with TCU winning five of six since joining the Big 12, including four straight against the Longhorns. As a Big 12 member, TCU has a perfect 3-0 record in Austin. On Saturday afternoon, the Longhorns emphatically ended the losing streak to Gary Patterson and TCU in front of 95,124 fans, proving they are a legitimate contender for the Big 12 Championship this season.

TCU began on offense after Texas won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Horned Frogs worked quickly behind quarterback Shawn Robinson, marching 46 yards on 8 plays. The drive was capped with a 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Song which gave TCU an early 3-0 lead over Texas.

Texas failed to answer Songs’s field goal on their first offensive possession, with freshman kicker Cameron Dicker missing his first field goal of the season on a 42-yard attempt.

The Longhorns would make up for it on their next possession, with quarterback Sam Ehlinger engineering a 65-yard scoring drive which was capped off by a five yard touchdown run by Tre Watson. Texas led TCU 7-3 at the 4:09 mark of the quarter, their first lead over the Horned Frogs in four years.

After two rushing plays on the next possession, Robinson would complete a 50-yard pass to Jalen Reagor, setting TCU up for a first and goal at the Texas 4 yard line.  The Texas defense held steady, forcing the Frogs to settle for a 23-yard field goal, Jonathan Song’s second of the day.

The Longhorns maintained a 7-6 lead after one quarter was in the books.

Cameron Dicker’s 34-yard field goal represented the first points of the second quarter, extending Texas’ lead to 10-6 over TCU.

TCU would take a 13-10 lead into the locker room at the half, on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Jalen Reagor.

Texas started the third quarter on offense but quickly went three-and-out.  On the next possession Robinson was intercepted by Brandon Jones, but the Longhorns would fail to capitalize.

Song extended the TCU lead to 16-10 at the 8:44 mark, making good on his 3rd field goal of the night, this time from 29 yards out.

Texas regained its lead with less than a minute left in the quarter after Sam Ehlinger found a stretched-out Collin Johnson in the end zone for the score. Texas led TCU 17-16.

On TCU’s next possession, Caden Sterns intercepted Shawn Robinson for the second time on the evening and returned it for a touchdown. After review by the officials, Sterns stepped out of bounds at the TCU 2 yard line.  Sam Ehlinger finished the short drive by taking the first down snap and running it in untouched for a touchdown.

Headed to the fourth quarter, Texas held a 24-16 lead over the Horned Frogs.

The fourth quarter belonged all to the Longhorns, who scored a lone touchdown courtesy of Sam Ehlinger to Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and played solid defense en route to a 31-16 win.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns in the win and rushed for one touchdown. Collin Johnson led the Longhorns with 124 yards receiving and one touchdown. The Texas offense totaled 367 yards of total offense compared to TCU’s 372.

Cade Sterns and Brandon Jones each had interceptions against TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson, who threw for 197 yards in the loss.

The Longhorns improve to 3-1 overall and are riding a three-game win streak, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2014 season.  Additionally, Texas defeated it’s second consecutive ranked opponent in two weeks.

While the win over TCU was important, Tom Herman knows he has a lot of work ahead if his team wishes to leave the Manhattan with a win next Saturday:

“We’re going to celebrate it, enjoy it, and we’re going to wake up tomorrow knowing we got to go on the road for the first time in a month against a Kansas State team that’s always, always tough to handle and especially when they’re playing at home. That is a tough, tough place to play. ”

Texas will travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats next Saturday at 2:30 PM.

INJURIES

  • True freshman running back Keaontay Ingram returned to the field against TCU after missing the USC game with a knee injury. Ingram left the game in the first half after suffering a hip pointer. In his postgame presser, Herman said he doesn’t expect Ingram’s injury to be anything long-term.
  • Defensive back Jarmarquis Durst sustained a severe shoulder sprain.
  • Offensive lineman Calvin Anderson played through some knee issues in the game and will be evaluated on Sunday.

GAME NOTES

  • Texas improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12 Conference with the win
  • The Longhorns are now 3-1 for the first time since 2012
  • Saturday’s win marks the first time UT has beaten Top 25 teams in consecutive weeks since 2008
  • The Texas defense forced four turnovers in the win
  • Collin Johnson’s 100-yard receiving performance marked the second straight season, and seventh time in school history, that a Longhorn receiver has eclipsed the century mark against TCU.
  • Sam Ehlinger has 2,893 career passing yards, surpassing his high school coach Todd Dodge’s career passing mark for 15th all-time in school history.  Ehlinger also becomes the first Longhorn QB since Colt McCoy in 2008 with at least one passing and one rushing TD in three consecutive games.

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Seahorn’s Five Thoughts: TCU

Texas finally ends the Horned Frogs curse

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That’s two weeks in a row this team has proved me wrong. Maybe I should just keep  picking against them each week. This was a better opponent this week and a much more meaningful game in the grand scheme of things, and this team answered the bell in a big way.

Getting the Purple Monkey (Frog) Off Their Back

TCU has had Texas’ number for several years now and it’s been no secret, especially given how Gary Patterson and his staff have been beating that drum in the ears of recruits. Over the recent years, Texas has been out coached, out schemed, out hustled, and just about anything else you can think of in its matchups with TCU. It seemed like anything that could go wrong would, and things would get ugly quick. That changed today in Austin.

Big hat tip to Todd Orlando and his defense as they found a way to limit the explosive TCU offense to less than 20 points and force Shawn Robinson to turn the ball over several times, including one that led to an offensive touchdown. Orlando’s bunch kept the game tight even with the offense struggling at times, but they got the ball back in their hands and gave them extra opportunities. That leads me to my next point.

Winning the Turnover Battle

Texas didn’t just win the turnover battle today — they dominated it. The Texas safety tandem of Brandon Jones and Caden Sterns combined for all four defensive turnovers today and Sterns almost scored his first collegiate touchdown, but stepped out before he could. We knew going in that Robinson was prone to turning the ball over and he did it three times, with each being very key to swinging the momentum and contributing to what ended up being the final score. Speaking of Sterns, if people didn’t know who he was before today, they probably do now. That kid is a future All-American and a three year player. Enjoy him in Austin while you can.

On the other side of the ball, Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense took care of the ball and didn’t turn it over to a defense that knows how to force errors. While the offense may have had struggles today, they did not give TCU extra opportunities via the turnover.

Playmakers at WR Come Up Big

It’s impossible to tell the story of this win today without mentioning Collin Johnson and LIl’Jordan Humphrey. The dynamic duo combined for 11 catches for 204 yards and two HUGE touchdowns that gave Texas the lead, and put away the Frogs down the home stretch. Plain and simple, these two came up huge despite having all kinds of coverages rolled their way, and when Ehlinger needed a big play, he went their way. Humphrey and Johnson continue to impress early on and are looking like one of the top receiver duos in the Big 12.

Learning to Finish

Remember how I said previously that this team needs to learn how to finish off quality opponents? Don’t look now, but in back-to-back weeks this Texas team has not only beat a ranked opponent, but has delivered knockout blows and made the teams wave the white flag. Gary Patterson opted to punt with time left on the clock and his team down on the scoreboard. He (and his team) tapped out. They said NO MÁS. With the way TCU has been treating Texas lately, I didn’t think I’d see that with my own eyes any time soon. This team is getting better each week and they have a chance to get another monkey off their back next week in Manhattan. Just a different shade of purple.

Building Momentum

Winning last week against USC was huge for recruiting and confidence. This week’s win over TCU is the USC win multipled ten times. This was a win over a conference and in-state rival who has built their brand off of dominating Texas over the past few years, and now you take the shine off that pitch and have a chance to change the momentum. If recruits and opponents weren’t paying attention after last week — they certainly are now. Texas isn’t back, but they are certainly getting better. They should be favored over a struggling Kansas State team next week, but it’s the venue that should frighten everyone. They have a chance to win in Manhattan and put together a 3-game winning streak heading into Dallas. That would make an already big game even bigger.

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