Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Texas Longhorns season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Texas Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 10-4 overall, 7-2 in Big 12
Head Coach: Tom Herman, 3rd year, 17-10
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEXAS OFFENSE
– The offense can be better. It was able to move the chains, it showed a toughness that hasn’t always been there over the years, and it did a great job of not turning the ball over. However, in the high-octane Big 12, the Longhorns averaged a middle-of-the-pack 411 yards and 31 points per game. There are some big holes to fill, but the main man is back under center.
– It’s Sam Ehlinger’s Texas team. He’s the face of the franchise for this year, he’s the spokesman, and he’s the tough guy who can pound for hard yards while also hitting 65% of his passes. The Longhorns aren’t going to bomb away unless they have to, but they have the pieces to do it, with NFL-caliber target Collin Johnson returning after a 68-catch season, and he’s not alone.
Leading receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey took off early, but Devin Duvernay and Joshua Moore are more than complementary targets around Johnson. With the expected emergence of Malcolm Epps and top recruit Bru McCoy, the parts are there for Ehlinger to work with.
– The addition of Georgia Tech transfer Parker Braun is a big help at one of the open guard spots. Sophomore Samuel Cosmi should move from right tackle to the left side to take over for Calvin Anderson, and senior Denzel Okafor brings more size to Cosmi’s old spot. It all works around one of the Big 12’s best centers, Zach Shackelford.
– The less Ehlinger has to pound away and take shots, the better. He finished third on the team with 482 yards with 16 touchdowns as a near-automatic producer on short-yardage plays. Sophomore Keaontay Ingram is the main man at running back after averaging five yards per carry with 708 yards and three scores, with junior Daniel Young a 230-pound veteran and true freshman Jordan Whittington a part of the rotation.