ESPN aired the University of Texas Spring Football game yesterday afternoon, and while at times it seemed like a two-hour promo for the Longhorn Network, the 24-hour TV setup between the school and ESPN (which essentially kept UT from jumping ship in the Big 12)…it was fun seeing Bevo (a large steer) and Big Bertha (a larger drum) on the sidelines once more. Everything is bigger in Texas, even the mascots and the musical instruments.
Since the NFL is in legal limbo right now, we all better huddle up closer with the college game starting right now – it might be the only game in town come the Fall.
Texas head coach Mack Brown cleaned house in the off-season, offing several assistant coaches in an attempt to right the ship after a dismal 5-7 year. Brown has won almost 80% of his games while at UT, but you know in the Lone Star State the expectation is 100%.
As with most football teams, the talk of prospective success going into a new year starts with who is playing quarterback. Texas’ incumbent Garrett Gilbert recovered from a shaky start to play reasonably well yesterday. Three other QB’s are trying to unseat Gilbert – the most recognizable name of those being former Longhorn QB great Colt McCoy’s little bro, Case.
You could make a case for Case based on his play Sunday…124 yards and a TD primarily working with the second-team offense against the first-team defense. That being said, the way the Longhorns defended last year was offensive…so it remains to be seen if McCoy can overtake Gilbert.
New co-offensive coordinator and QB coach Bryan Harsin showed off some of his Boise State experience in the playcalling yesterday, but ultimately it will take more than a couple of trick plays to turn the trick at UT and make them the power they are accustomed to being. Time will tell if Brown’s new aides will heal the deep wounds incurred last season.
In any event, it was fabulous seeing college football start-up anew.