Post Game Thoughts

Offense:

  • Espinosa remains the weakest link in this group. There were several instances where he was absolutely destroyed by the Wyoming tackle Purcell or got very little of push as a lead blocker on off tackle runs. The Offensive line also got away with a few false starts and holds. However, this will not be a hindrance during league play as Big 12 officials generally give a lot of leeway as opposed to other conferences. On the flipside, Walters and Hawkins both played great and gave ample time for Ash and created huge hole on any off-tackle runs where a majority of our rushing yards came from.
  • Joe Bergeron needs to run with more patience and vision. He had a tendency to go straight into the pile last year and that is still a trend that he carried on during the first game. However, when used in the second half, he practically ran over the Wyoming defenders as they were gassed by then. Texas must use him in this manner and let Malcolm Brown, who played phenomenally, have the majority of the first half carries.
  • The greatest beneficiary to Wylie’s offseason program has to be DJ Monroe. The guy was an absolute monster with his limited touches.

    Ash sends a shout-out to God.

  • The bullet TD Ash through to Jax shows the progress that has been made during the offseason, but Ash still needs a lot of work. Although the game plan was limited to mostly screen passes to build his confidence, this is the time where coaches need to take advantage of a weaker opponent and test Ash’s ability to complete intermediate routes and timing routes which will be needed when we play better opponents during league play. The receivers had to adjust to some of his throws which resulted in shorter gains than what would have occurred in a more accurate throw. Although he is more poised in the pocket, he needs to adjust his internal clock on when the pocket is going to collapse. I feel like he is still using last year as a time frame reference, and he bails from the pocket before it is necessary. Finally and of most importance, he needs to trust that his receivers will run their routes properly and throw the ball to the spot where the receiver should be as opposed to waiting for the receiver to get open.
  • Nick Jordan isn’t ready to kick FGs.

Defense:

  • The secondary had a terrible game yesterday. This is supposed to be the team’s greatest strength. They started to believe all the pre-season hype and then played extremely poorly yesterday. Let’s start with the confusion on who is covering the underneath routes versus what’s on top. There were several instances where the Texas safeties left their assigned zone and came up to try and make a play underneath and this left the defense vulnerable in the back. Wyoming’s first touchdown came as a result of this broken communication.
  • Although Kenny Vaccaro made a great interception, he was lucky that the ball was under-thrown. The Wyoming receiver is the furthest guy down the field and a properly thrown ball easily results in another Wyoming touchdown. Another thing that bother me about the secondary was the lack of press coverage, which will be extremely important when we play the likes of OU, OSU, Baylor, and WVU all of which have several timing based routes as part of their normal game plan.
  • The Texas defense definitely needs to play with more discipline. Players where constantly over-pursuing and this is a result of the players picking an A Gap or B Gap pre-snap before allowing the hole to develop. The player most guilty of this was Steve Edmond, who looked lost several time throughout the night and was consistently taking bad angles. Jordan Hicks was guilty of this well, but played better as the game progressed. The defense in general had some very sloppy tackling and poor form that definitely needs to be corrected in the coming weeks before our game against OSU. The soft spots in zone coverage at the edges were being exploited by Wyoming throughout the game and were part of the problem when it came to the sloppy tackling by the Texas defense as defenders had to recover from their pre-snap misalignment.

    Cobbs with the break down in coverage. Green is where he was supposed to go; Red is where he went.

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