Some love from ESPN

I know the game was tough, hell the entire season was tough. At least the All Bout Texas Tailgate got some love from ESPN. If you were out there yesterday you remember the crew stopping by. If you look at the following clip you will see some familiar faces. And no, I don’t mean Mack Brown. Enjoy!

read more

Pre-gaming with Schmidtty: UT vs. Oklahoma St.

I won’t lie, I’m not very confident in Texas’ chances this week. Oklahoma State is good at one thing and it’s the exact opposite of what Texas is good at … scoring touchdowns. The Cowboys sit atop the Big 12 South and have only scored less than 34 points once this season. The Longhorns conversely haven’t scored more than 34 points at all this year.

Garrett Gilbert

Garrett Gilbert had a rough week against K State with 5 interceptions. He'll need to bounce back if the Horns have any chance against OK State. - AA-S Photo

One very interesting stat that I heard today was that only three teams have gained more yards than every team they have faced this year, TCU, Boise State and Texas. I haven’t done the research myself, but if that is true then maybe there is one bright spot for Texas this season. Although since they are 91st in the country in scoring, it further perpetuates the fact that the Longhorns are just terrible in the red zone. (If you were wondering, Oklahoma State is 3rd in the country in scoring)

The player to watch would be OSU wideout Justin Blackmon. Blackmon leads the NCAA in receiving yards with 1,285 yards and has not had less than 125 receiving yards in any game this season. He has seen the end zone in every game he has played this season and has 15 total receiving touchdowns on the year. Be afraid, be very afraid of this guy.

The Horns have their work cut out for them. Heard on the radio that a LOT of recruits will be making official visits to UT for this game, so get there early, be loud and stay late. And of course, wear your orange.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plYzEk9mNk]

read more

O’ Canada

If anyone is frustrated with football, then you really need to check out what’s cookin’ at the Erwin Center. The Texas basketball team is really looking good after two games this week. I know it’s early but something just feels different about this team. Player roles are moreĀ  clearly defined and it seems head coach Rick Barnes has finally figured out the rotation.

That rotation includes two of the best freshman in the country, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. If you watched the telecast last night you were reminded over and over again that both these players hail from Canada. Before playing together at Findlay Prep they both played for a grassroots Canada AAU team. You can read all about the two here.

Speaking of Canada, the newest Longhorn hoops recruit Myck Kabongo is also, you guessed it, CANADIAN! By no means am I looking past this year, because I think UT is going to be very good, but just thought everyone would want to see the basketball team still has great things to come, eh.

read more

How to fix UT’s offense

I think it is time the Longhorns resort to some trick plays to get the offense going, and to boost morale a little bit. I’d like to put in my vote for this one. I think it’s safe to go out on a limb and call this the greatest trick play in Texas middle school history. Enjoy.

read more

Pre-gaming with Schmidtty: UT @ K State

Well there is good news, and then there is a TON of bad news. The good news is I don’t think you have to worry about the Longhorns going into any game overconfident for the rest of the year. The bad news is … well where do we start? The offensive line is terrible and they just lost their most consistent starter, Michael Huey. The running game is non-existent, and it’s time everyone realized that this early in his career, Garret Gilbert can’t carry this offense. Despite what others may say, the defense is solid however it is susceptible to an explosive play or a dumb penalty that extends drives. A very popular word around Austin is frustrated, and as the Longhorns now go into “preparing for 2011″ mode there are some things for UT fans to look forward to.

Texas v Baylor

The Texas defense had a valiant goal-line stand, but just couldn't get the job done against Baylor. -AAS Photo

The two biggest problems for the Longhorns are converting trips to the red zone into touchdowns (only 15 of 36 this season) and creating turnovers on defense. Yes, the muffed punt returns are a major issue but the best you can do in that situation is try someone new, which Brown said they are going to do. The coaches understand where this team is falling short

“We have got to start forcing turnovers with our defense,” said Brown. “We say it every week, but it’s hard to do. You can’t just wave a wand, you gotta knock ‘em loose.”

As the Longhorns players and coaches have done, I too have also stopped underestimating UT’s opponents. Kansas State was regarded as a top contender for the Big 12 North in the pre-season, mainly because of one guy, running back Daniel Thomas. Thomas is currently seventh in the country in rushing yards (only four yards shy of 1,000 for the season) and has double-digit rushing touchdowns (10). The game plan against the Wildcats should be fairly simple, stop the run, so I’m not as worried about the Longhorns this week as I will be against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Kansas State isn’t going to try and trick you, they will just do what they do best and dare you to try and stop them. I take at least a little bit of solace that prior to the UCLA game, Texas was one, if not the top, rushing defense in the country.

I say the game plan is simple, but to be honest, stopping Thomas and crew will not be as easy as putting eight men in the box. Here is a little video proof of what K State and Thomas can do …

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJufx93R5VE]

And just so I don’t get a reputation for only posting highlights of the other teams, here is a good Longhorn moment from the Baylor game that I hope everyone will enjoy …

read more