Texas Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Texas spring football game?
1. What Did Tom Herman Show Everyone?
Hitting. Texas is going to hit. While that might not be a big thing for most this spring – keeping everyone healthy is a priority – Herman wasn’t afraid to let his guys pop a little bit.
Considering the Longhorns had a major problem tackling in the Charlie Strong era, the spring game made sure the fans got to see a team and a coaching staff that at least understands how physical the team needs to be.
Okay, the big hitting was mostly in drills, but it was a necessary show of force.
2. Ladies and Gentlemen, Shane Buechele
QB Sam Ehlinger might have been Herman’s guy through the recruiting process and at times this spring, but Shane Buechele proved he’s going to carry the offense.
Ehlinger completed 10-of-31 passes for 148 yards and a pick. He had a few nice moments, but it was Buechele who bombed away for 369 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, completing 23-of-39 passes, while running for 42 yards and a score on seven carries.
Was it enough to end any sort of quarterback controversy? Not yes – Ehlinger will still get his shot at the starting job this summer.
3. Someone Had To Catch Those Passes
6-4, 215-pound Collin Johnson had a decent first year, catching 28 passes for 315 yards and three scores. He’s got the size, he’s got the toughness, and he’s got the upside to be the star of the passing attack.
He led all Longhorns with eight catches for 117 yards and two scores, coming up with a touchdown passes from 14 and 29 yards out.
Reggie Hemphill-Mapps caught eight passes for 84 yards, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey caught the touchdown pass from Ehlinger from 35 yards away.
Former QB Jerrod Heard caught a 37-yard pass – he’s going to be dangerous.
4. Oh, Yeah … About That Hitting Thing
That mattered late.
Herman set it up so the spring game would come down to one final play in a goal line situation. The Longhorn defense rose up and rocked RB Toneil Carter for a stop and the win, with a slew of defenders getting in on the play.
However, Carter was great, coming up with 60 yards on nine carries before the final stop, and catching two passes for nine yards.
5. Oh, Yeah … About That Hitting Thing, Part 2
The defensive line might be great.
Poona Ford should be an All-Big 12 performer at one tackle spot, while Chris Nelson on the interior and Malcolm Roach, Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager should form a nice rotation on the outside.
Ford came up with four tackles and a sack, Roach cranked up a sack on his one stop and Omenihu came up with a few pressures. As long as this group starts doing its job, Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler should fly around making big things happen.
At least that’s the goal if Herman’s defense really is tougher and better.