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Commitment Spotlight: Tyler Johnson

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The overall talent along the offensive line was down in-state during the previous cycle, but it is leaps and bounds better for the 2019 cycle. If there was ever a time to take a big group of hog mollies then this is the cycle to do it if you are an in-state or regional power because there are some great players with serious upside in the Lone Star State.

Among that talented group is Conroe Oak Ridge offensive tackle Tyler Johnson, who has been a sought after commodity for some time now and has long held an offer from the Longhorns. Johnson was offered by Texas early last spring and has since been a high priority for the staff as they continue to build up the depth at tackle on campus.

Texas has been a constant in Johnson’s recruitment ever since they entered the picture over a year ago, but the Longhorns landing his teammate Joseph Ossai last cycle definitely didn’t hurt their chances. Offensive tackles like Johnson are viewed as the cornerstones of offensive lines and he is now the cornerstone of Texas’ offensive line class as he has announced his commitment to the Longhorns.

Film Analysis

Player Information

Name: Tyler Johnson

Position: OT

High School: Conroe Oak Ridge

City & State: Conroe, TX

 

Measurables

Height: 6’5 (Unverified)

Weight:  308 (Unverified)

40-yard: 5.44 (Unverified)

Shuttle:  N/A

Vertical: N/A

Statistics

Stats Unavailable

Film

https://www.hudl.com/profile/6542724/Tyler-Johnson

Pros:

  • Possesses solid tackle measurables at 6’5, 308 pounds, which places him above the threshold you look for at the position.
  • Also possesses the desired length for the position. His size and length will make him tough to get around on the edge.
  • Possesses good feet and good athleticism that should translate well to other facets of his game.
  • Good drive blocker in the run game and shows the functional strength to move defenders off the LOS in the run game.
  • Brings his feet and hips on contact with defenders.
  • Athleticism shows through as a puller and in space in the screen game. Moves well, shows good balance and is able to locate and execute his assignment.
  • Always looking to finish off defenders once engaged.
  • A lot of untapped potential in his game and has the tools to be a really good player at the next level.

Cons:

  • Can be a bit grabby at times, which could make him a target for holding calls if not worked on.
  • Majority of his snaps on tape are as a run blocker, so he will no doubt have a bit of a learning curve as a pass blocker.
  • Needs to work on playing with better leverage when engaged with defenders.
  • Hands are outside the frame too frequently at this stage, but that can be ironed out with time.Will likely need a redshirt year to iron out some technique deficiencies. Won’t be a guy you plug in the two deep from day one

Summary

 Tyler Johnson out of Conroe Oak Ridge is a thick, bodied kid who already has the offensive tackle starter kit at 6’5, 308 pounds.  His athleticism is evident with how he moves laterally and in space on film and he shows the ability to bring his feet and snap his hips on contact with defenders. In the run game, he shows the ability to drive defenders off the LOS and get movement at the POA as a solo blocker and also shows the ability to get movement when he has to get hip to hip with the guard on double teams. As a puller, Johnson’s athleticism shows through as he doesn’t get off balance, he is able to locate his assignment and follow through with execution of the assignment. Likewise in the screen game, Johnson moves very well and shows the ability to get his hat on smaller defenders in space that often prove to be very elusive and difficult for offensive linemen to get the their hands on. Johnson does need to continue to improve on consistently playing with good leverage when engaged with defenders in the run game and his hand usage needs to improve as he has a tendency to play outside the frame, which can lead to penalties if not corrected. At this stage in his development, the tape on Johnson as a pass blocker is very limited due to the style of offense he plays in. He shows that he can mirror defenders on the edge and proves that he can be very tough to get around due to his size and length. Due to the lack of tape and film at this point, Johnson is likely to be very raw as a pass protector and will likely require a redshirt year so he can learn the nuances of pass protection. The skill set to be a quality pass blocker is already there for Johnson, but he needs to show on tape that he can excel on at it as a senior or at least show he is working towards it. There is a lot of untapped potential to Johnson’s game just due to the fact that much isn’t asked of him as a pass blocker at this point.

 

Final Verdict

 Landing Johnson is a great way to kick off what has a chance to be a very good offensive line haul for Texas. As I said before , guys like Johnson are viewed as the cornerstone of an offensive line, and if you an pair him with a guy like Javonne Shepherd down the line, then the future in the trenches for the Longhorns is very bright.

Johnson has the ability to be plugged in at either left or right tackle when he arrives on campus and I think he is the definition of a high ceiling/ high floor player. If he studs out I think he ends up being a multi-year starter at tackle with legit NFL pay day potential and at minimum he ends up kicking inside and being a solid guard who will have plus athleticism for the position.

Landing Johnson early gives Texas a solid foundation to build upon and the staff will continue to work hard guys like Shepherd, Branson Bragg, and Kenyon Green as they try to put together an elite haul along the offensive line to go along with the elite skill position haul they put together last cycle.

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Texas Basketball Tied for 4th in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll

Kansas Jayhawks take the top spot

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The Big 12 Conference released its preseason coaches team rankings for the upcoming basketball season on Friday. The Longhorns find themselves tied for 4th, with the TCU Horned Frogs, in the field of ten teams.  The Kansas Jayhawks top the poll for the eighth consecutive season, collecting all first-place votes and finishing with 81 total points.  Kansas State and West Virginia round out the top 3, with 72 and 61 points respectively.

The Big 12 will hold its preseason media day on Wednesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, site of the 2019 Conference Tournament.

The Longhorns kick off their season against Eastern  on Tuesday, November 6th against Eastern Illinois at the Frank Erwin Center.

Complete Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Kansas (9)81
2Kansas State72
3West Virginia61
T4Texas54
T4TCU54
6Iowa State41
7Texas Tech36
8Oklahoma21
9Baylor20
10Oklahoma State10

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Texas Football 2019 full schedule released

The Longhorns host LSU at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 7

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The Big 12 Conference released the 2019 football schedules for all ten conference schools on Thursday.  The Longhorns’ schedule includes three non-conference games, two of which are against teams from Louisiana. Notably, Texas will host the LSU Tigers on September 7th after a home season-opener against Louisiana Tech, and will complete non-conference play against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Texas will host Texas Tech on Friday, November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the season.

Full schedule can be found below.

2019 Texas Football Schedule

Aug. 31—Louisiana Tech
Sept. 7—LSU
Sept. 14—at Rice (NRG Stadium)
Sept. 21—Oklahoma State
Oct. 5—at West Virginia
Oct. 12—vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Oct. 19—Kansas
Oct. 26—at TCU
Nov. 9—Kansas State
Nov. 16—at Iowa State
Nov. 23—at Baylor
Nov. 29—Texas Tech

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Seahorn’s Five Thoughts: Baylor

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Things didn’t go according to plan from the jump with Sam Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury during the first series of the football game. Yet the Longhorns managed to gut out a win against the pesky Bears of Waco and move to 6-1 on the season. The Longhorns have now won 6 in a row and still have a chance to accomplish the goals they set out for at the start of the season. The main thing right now is for them to get healthy and nurse some bumps and bruises before heading to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys.

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind after today’s tight contest against Baylor.

  • It Wasn’t Pretty… but it was a Win

This game had a hard left turn in the first offensive series for Texas, with Ehlinger suffering a shoulder injury that would eventually rule him out for the rest of the game. This meant backup quarterback Shane Buechele was called in cold to guide the ship for the rest of the contest. Buechele hasn’t received a game snap all year long, and was thrown right into the pressure cooker. Thankfully the junior quarterback has several starts under his belt and he was able to lean on that experience to help get the Longhorns across the finish line today with a win today.

Don’t get it twisted, though. Ehlinger going out early completely changed the dynamics of this ball game and how the Texas offense typically operates. The designed quarterback runs were out the window, Ehlinger’s ability to improvise and hurt a defense with his feet was gone, and most importantly, the steady hand that has guided the Texas offense all year long was gone. Nobody really knew what to expect when Buechele was thrust into action this afternoon. He made some nice throws, led some solid drives, but he also had one interception on a ball that he overshot on a post, resulting in points for Baylor.

On the flip side of things the Texas defense had a solid day at the office, but with the offense handling some adversity, they had a tall task of slowing down a capable offense. The secondary had some forgettable moments today (particularly on third down and long), but at the end of the day they were able to hold the Baylor offense to 17 points and 328 yards of offense. When you take into account that a good chunk of that came on the final drive when the Bears started in the shadows of their own goal posts, then it’s not too bad in the grand scheme of things.

This wasn’t a style-point game like many hoped it would be and it wasn’t always pretty, but it was still a win nonetheless and you will take them however you can get them.

  • Keaontay Ingram Goes Over the Century Mark

Coming into the contest, Texas had yet to tally a 100-yard rusher, but that came to end via freshman running back Keaontay Ingram. Ingram led the Texas rushing attack to the tune of 110 yards on 19 carries (5.78 YPC) and he dazzled with some really nice runs, showing off his vision and patience in the process.

Ingram flashes remarkable traits and often seems to get positive yardage when it looks like he has no room to run. There were times where I could see penetration from the Baylor front before Ingram got to the LOS and he still managed to squeeze through the hole and pop out on the other side. Mind you, this is all transpiring after Tom Herman said that Ingram isn’t playing at 100% from the injury that caused him to miss a game earlier this year.

The future is bright for #26 in burnt orange, who looks better every week.

  • Dicker the Kicker is Mortal

Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker showed today that even after draining a game-winning kick against Oklahoma last week and making three field goals afternoon, he is in fact capable of missing. The freshman from Lake Travis started the day 3 for 3 before missing two kicks (both his shortest and longest attempts) that would have put the game out of reach for Baylor.

It may sound like I’m nitpicking here on a freshman, but when points were at a premium like they were today, you have to push one of those through and give yourself a little more wiggle room.

  • The Secondary has Some Sore Spots That Need Addressing

The Texas defense only allowed 240 yards passing today against a pretty good offense, but they were also fortunate in some cases that it wasn’t more. This is going to feel like I’m calling some guys out, but when Baylor needed a big play or was in a crucial spot they seemed to always go at whoever PJ Locke or Davante Davis was covering.

Both Davis and Locke have spilled blood for the program and have been solid citizens, but it seems obvious at times that teams are picking on them. I’ve been quietly wondering if the defensive staff would start working in some alternative options, but as the season has moved forward they’ve continued to roll with their guys.

I don’t have access to how practices play out, so I’m not sure if guys like Josh Thompson or Anthony Cook aren’t doing enough to unseat the veterans, but I know what I see on Saturdays hasn’t been great. Eventually it could get this team beat if the right opponent presents itself.

  • The Injury of Sam Ehlinger

I hate ending on a sour note, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit concerned about the injury that kept Ehlinger out for essentially the entire ball game. When Ehlinger emerged from the locker room, most thought he was just getting the cut on his hand addressed, but others noticed he was not really moving his shoulder as he moved around. Herman addressed the media after the game and disclosed that Ehlinger suffered an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, and that they were hopeful that he could be throwing by the end of the week.

The silver lining is that Texas is heading into a bye week, so Texas has an extra week to get 11 healthy. If he does have to miss a game, they have an extra week to get Buechele reps and game ready for road test against a team that Texas has struggled with in recent contests.

The down side of things is that injury of this nature could take several weeks to fully heal, and with Ehlinger being as important as he is to the team, you may not want to risk further aggravating the injury. Needless to say, this is going to be something to monitor closely as the matchup gets closer.

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Game Day: #9 Texas vs. Baylor

The #9 Texas Longhorns host the Baylor Bears at 2:30 PM on Saturday at DKR

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The #9 Texas Longhorns look to continue their winning ways as they host Big 12 opponent Baylor on Saturday. Texas holds it first Top 10 ranking since 2010, and has beaten the Bears three straight, including a 38-7 win last season in Waco.

With a win today, the Longhorns become bowl eligible and remain undefeated in conference play as they head into a bye week. At the conclusion of the first quarter, the The Texas football program will celebrate the 20th anniversary of former Texas running back Ricky Williams’ Heisman trophy winning season.

The matchup between Texas and Baylor will be televised nationally on ESPN.

What:  Texas Longhorns (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) vs. Baylor Bears (4-2, 2-1 Big-12)
When:  Saturday, October 12, 2018
Time:  2:30 PM CST
Venue:  Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Location: Austin, Texas
Television: ESPNLast Meeting: Texas defeated Baylor 38-7 (10/28/17, Waco)
All-time series record: Texas leads Baylor 77-26-4

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