Monday, September 24, 2018

Longhorns look like they're starting to turn a SERIOUS corner!!!

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Hoo boy!!!

Yesterday afternoon, the Longhorns turned in a dominant performance against TCU, a team that has given them fits for most of this decade.  That follows last week's strong win against USC.  It remains too soon to use the "B"-word, but man do the signs look good.

The defense looks phenomenal.  Especially red zone.  For all of TCU's trips into Longhorn territory, they only managed one touchdown.  USC wasn't much better.  They still give up more yardage than we'd like.  But they get stops when they need them.  And they're starting to get serious turnovers.

The offense isn't far behind.  Sam Ehlinger is emerging.  The running game can chew up yards.  Obviously, that sets up the receivers down field.  And those receivers are getting open.  None of this is rocket science, but it's the first time in awhile that we've seen this level of execution.

The kicking game is a work in progress; we hope it doesn't come back to bite us.

Otherwise, some thoughts:
  • DKR has been electric!!!  We can't remember the last time it was this consistently loud.  Of course, it's been awhile since we've had something to be loud about.
  • Sam Ehlinger's level of poise is improving.  He's starting to give his receivers time to get open.  We still wish he wouldn't run as often as he does.
  • Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram are an impressive duo in the backfield.
  • For the first time in ages, the receiver rotation makes sense.  For too many years, Texas has had wide receiver A.D.D.  This means nobody can get into a rhythm.  That seems to have changed.
  • Colin Johnson is, straight up, the man.
  • Lil'Jordan Humphery is emerging a perfect complimentary receiver.  His touchdown against USC was pretty impressive.  Helping put the game away yesterday was also pretty solid.
  • Props to the offensive line, who are doing everything we expect.
  • Gary Johnson has been everywhere on defense.
  • The secondary is nasty.
  • Kris Boyd is turning into a serious leader.  Both in terms of his personal performance and how he elevates his teammates.  Really impressive.
  • Davante Davis is turning into a SHUTDOWN cornerback.
  • Similar to Johnson, Brandon Jones is everywhere.
  • That being said: Where's Breckyn Hegar?!?  Besides offside.  If he can get going, it makes this defense that much more fearsome.
Bottom Line: It's been a long time coming.  Still too soon to get carried away.  But so far, so good!!!



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