Open Post | Monday, August 29th

– Team Note | Offensive Line Injuries: I feel like this is the first positive offensive line update since fall camp began, but here it is. I was told by a source that Tristan Nickelson (ankle) was back at practice over the weekend and worked with the 1’s at RT and looks to be back at 100%.

Center Zach Shackelford still hasnt returned to practice but I was told that he is on track to return this week. I talked to a source early in the weekend and they told me he’s “around 80-85%”.While it is a positve development that he’s getting healthy, the question is wheather he’s missed too much time to start at center vs Notre Dame. As a true freshman coming off an injury that’s kept him off the field for a few weeks, it seems like a tough task for him to go out and handle a very talented Notre Dame DL.

Patrick Vahe’s ankle injury didn’t seem too severe at all. I heard he wasn’t even in a walking boot a few days after he went down. Nickelson and Shackelford were in boots for at least a week after their injuries. It sounds like Vahe should be good to go vs Notre Dame.

One possible concern about the OL right now is the lack of practice time as a unit over the last few weeks due to all the injuries. – (Andrew)

– Team Note | Fatigue: Texas RB D’Onta Foreman was asked over the weekend when he spoke to the media if the team didn’t really have ‘their legs’ after the rigorous fall camp schedule, and he said that was true. He wasn’t lying. The team has practiced everyday except Sunday for most weeks during fall camp and practiced everyday last week. While it seems Charlie Strong may be pushing his guys rather hard with their season opener fast approaching, I wouldn’t be worried. That’s how he’s been with his team since his days at Louisville.

I do expect things to be less physical this week as Texas gets ready for their season opener in 6 days. – (Andrew)

Team Note | Wide Receivers: Spoke with a source regarding where things stand with the wide reciever rotation going into game week and which of the young wide receivers would redshirt.

I’m told Reggie Hemphill-Mapps will redshirt.

I’m also told that Davion Curtis might redshirt but it doesn’t appear that’s been fully decided.

Starters on the outside, not surprisingly, will be Collin Johnson and Burt.

I’m told to expect Foreman and Heard to start inside (assuming they’re in 10 personnel). Foreman is also set to run outside behind Johnson. Dorian will rotate behind Burt. And Warrick and Duvernay will rotate behind Foreman and Heard respectively (inside). If they rotate further then look for guys like Locksley and Oliver inside and Joe and Humphrey outside. – (Super K)

– Texas Commits in Week 1: The high school football season kicked off this week and a few Texas commits had big starts to their senior seasons.

QB Sam Ehlinger vs Katy: 18/30 250 yards passing, 64 yards and 2 TD’s on 16 carries in a 32-29 win.

WR Damion Miller vs Plano East: 4 catches for 122 yards and 2 TD’s in a 45-14 win.

DB Josh Thompson vs Kilgore: 6 tackles, forced fumble and recovery, and a 95-yard KO return TD in a 48-21 win.

DE Lagaryonn Carson vs Gilmer: 7 tackles and 2 sackes in a 61-55 loss.

More Visitors for Texas vs. Notre Dame: Below are a few more visitors that were confirmed over the weekend.

Baron Browning: This is the big one. Andrew tweeted out yesterday that Browning would be visiting and I also confirmed it with Browning’s father. Browning is visiting Texas…a lot. It’s starting to feel more and more like the Horns are the team to beat if they can put some W’s on the board.

Josh Thomson: Texas commit.

Keondre Coburn: The talented 2018 DT tells me that he hopes to make it to Austin for the game this Sunday as well. Coburn already holds offers from schools like Oklahoma, Michigan and TAMU but it feels like he really wants that Texas offer.

Anthony Cook: Andrew also noted that top 2018 CB, Anthony Cook will visit for the game. – (Super K)

159 Comments

  • Unofficial Longhorn says:

    A few thoughts:
    1. I understand that as a FR, it’s important for Shack to get as many reps as possible. However, do you think he’d lose his starting spot for the opener to McMillon simply because he missed like 2 weeks, even though he’s been practicing since the spring? I don’t know, that doesn’t seem right, but I could be trippin.
    2. Are you expecting our entire key OL to be back and ready for the opener?
    3. Will Browning’s visit be on official or unofficial visit? If unofficial, do you think he could be back for an official?
    4. How legit is Coburn to you? He certainly passes the eye test to me.

    • MissingBarry says:

      I don’t think it’s just because of practices missed, I think it also factors in that he may not be 100%.

      • Spoetzl says:

        Yeah, that and working as a unit is key, particularly for the center. If McMillon’s been running with the 1’s, looking good, and has some chemistry, I’d see it as just a plus, not a slight on Shack. It’d been amazing if we actually had two capable centers for a change.

        • The Dozens says:

          yeah, I kinda hope McMillon starts. Perhaps Shak is more skilled, but at the very least as it stands now McMillon weighs more, has actual game experience, and has practiced more than Shak.

          AND, assuming Nickelson gets the start, that would mean that there’d be no freshmen on our OL. That’s comforting

          • Backtothetop-UT says:

            Man yall made me change my opinion quick lol now i see why Mcmillon would be the best starter.

          • Backtothetop-UT says:

            Man yall made me change my opinion quick lol now i see why Mcmillon would be the best starter.

          • Unofficial Longhorn says:

            He may weigh more, but is he stronger at the PoA than Shack? If not, then weight is a non factor. Also, has he practiced more than Shack. IIRC, he was recently moved to C, while Shack has been running with the 1s since the implementation of the V&S. Imo, it’s stands to reason that if Ahack is in game shape, he would be the starter. He has been our unquestioned starting C since he stepped on campus for a reason.

      • Unofficial Longhorn says:

        That would make sense.

      • Unofficial Longhorn says:

        That would make sense.

  • DJay723 says:

    Amazing that Heard is already essentially going to be a starter at a brand new position.

    • Andrew King says:

      Sounds about right for the ones that have been reported 🙂

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    • NoconaNugget7 says:

      Looking at those 3 uncommited 2017 guys and that they will be there with 4 guys that are committed, and I’d bet Sam shows up too.

    • NoconaNugget7 says:

      Looking at those 3 uncommited 2017 guys and that they will be there with 4 guys that are committed, and I’d bet Sam shows up too.

  • DJay723 says:

    Amazing that Heard is already essentially going to be a starter at a brand new position.

  • RoofinReality says:

    Great news on the O-line being in good shape.
    Great news on the visitors.
    We need to play well, and I think we will, in order to show the “capping class” of our turnaround that we’ve turned the corner.
    That is, if we’re able to land Wilson, Little, Browning, Hines, Moses or Jones, Manning, Tennison (since he decommitted), and a few others in addition to our current commits, our turn around is just about complete.
    For, when there’s talent sitting on the bench read to play, no one can take a play off. And, when you’re practicing against elite talent, all the time, it sharpens you as a player.

  • Backtothetop-UT says:

    Morning/almost Afternoon fellas,

    Real good to hear the news with the injuries and im with Unofficial as far as Zack being dethroned already bc of the injury. However, AK mentioned both him or Mcmillon would have trouble. Im wondering if that 80-85% improves a little by game day.

    Last and most important question is how in the world did AK get an A in our draft and he kinda auto drafted?? 😉

    • colt1317 says:

      1st pick will do that for you

      • Backtothetop-UT says:

        Lol true!

      • Canadiantx69 says:

        I was in a league where a guy autodrafted with 1st overall pick and got a c- on his draft, lol. Not sure what he did in regards to his rankings predraft (or if at all), but he ended up with 2 or 3 guys that had gone onto IR or been cut.

    • Spoetzl says:

      I’ve had some of my best drafts on auto. It all depends on your pre-draft rankings. If you have those nailed down, sometimes it’s better not to let emotion/pressure/runs get in the way of your list…

      Still, Yahoo’s rankings and draft grades are a joke, so take them with a truckfull of salt. It does put even more pressure on Andrew to win though. 😉

    • Andrew King says:

      I was very disappointed when I logged in on 12:25 on Sunday expecting to draft, and finding out it was on Saturday…

      • Backtothetop-UT says:

        Ohhh ok, well good job either way. I think Spoetzl had said something about Sunday but that was other draft from this league

    • officially known as number 2 says:

      it’s AK, even auto draft respects AK

  • vaHorn says:

    Listened to Charlie’s press conference. There were a lot of questions about the quarterback, who would start and why he wasn’t naming a starter, as might be expected. Some may claim they can infer a starter from his answers, but I don’t think he gave anything away. There seems to be a lot of buzz lately claiming that Swoopes is the likely starter. I still have the feeling it’s going to be Shane.

    He named several freshman on offense who will likely play: Collin Johnson, Duvernay, Lil’Jordan and Porter.

    I didn’t get the impression that Shack would start at center though they will work him in during practice this week.

    BC has a good synopsis of the presser that matches what I heard.

    • Backtothetop-UT says:

      im getting same feeling with the Qb situation now. Wouldnt have to be as worried about a big hit on Buechele as well and rather 18 wheeler would be giving them out so im definitely ok with it. I just cant wait, i kind of feel like we are going to play really well but im nervous at same time

    • Backtothetop-UT says:

      im getting same feeling with the Qb situation now. Wouldnt have to be as worried about a big hit on Buechele as well and rather 18 wheeler would be giving them out so im definitely ok with it. I just cant wait, i kind of feel like we are going to play really well but im nervous at same time

  • MarkInAustin says:

    I watched/listened to Coach this morning. In answer to a question I could not hear, he said [paraphrasing]:

    Collin, Duvernay, and maybe in some situations LJH.

    Was question which FR WRs will play or which will START?

  • Czar says:

    Been awhile since I’ve made an Over/Under post, last Monday before the season starts seems like a good time:

    Over/Under (for the 2016 season):
    Offense:
    1. 1.5 QBs have +1,000 yards passing
    2. 1.5 Rbs have +1,000 yards rushing
    3. 2.5 WRs have +500 yards receiving (last year no WR had more than 500)
    4. 1.5 Oline make First team All Conference
    5. 78 plays per game run by the offense
    Defense:
    1. 5.5 sacks for N. Hughes (his total last year)
    2. 6.5 sacks for M. Jefferson (team leader total last year (bonus pts if you can name the player without looking it up)
    3. 1.5 true freshman starting on in the front 6 to end the season (SDE, DT, NT, Fox, OLB, MLB)
    4. 1.5 INTs for B. Jones
    Special Teams:
    1. 1.5 Kick Returns for a touchdown
    2. 80% Field goal percentage
    3. 17 field goal attempts (this was the number of attempts last year, I wonder if Gilbert will push Strong to be more aggressive on 4th down…I do expect our scoring opportunities to increase)
    Bonus Questions:
    1. Who has the longest reception this year?
    2. Which newcomer at WR has the most receiving yards (Duvernay, Johnson, Heard, Locksley, etc.)
    3. Which true freshman has the most Sacks?

  • Czar says:

    Been awhile since I’ve made an Over/Under post, last Monday before the season starts seems like a good time:

    Over/Under (for the 2016 season):
    Offense:
    1. 1.5 QBs have +1,000 yards passing
    2. 1.5 Rbs have +1,000 yards rushing
    3. 2.5 WRs have +500 yards receiving (last year no WR had more than 500)
    4. 1.5 Oline make First team All Conference
    5. 78 plays per game run by the offense
    Defense:
    1. 5.5 sacks for N. Hughes (his total last year)
    2. 6.5 sacks for M. Jefferson (team leader total last year (bonus pts if you can name the player without looking it up)
    3. 1.5 true freshman starting on in the front 6 to end the season (SDE, DT, NT, Fox, OLB, MLB)
    4. 1.5 INTs for B. Jones
    Special Teams:
    1. 1.5 Kick Returns for a touchdown
    2. 80% Field goal percentage
    3. 17 field goal attempts (this was the number of attempts last year, I wonder if Gilbert will push Strong to be more aggressive on 4th down…I do expect our scoring opportunities to increase)
    Bonus Questions:
    1. Who has the longest reception this year?
    2. Which newcomer at WR has the most receiving yards (Duvernay, Johnson, Heard, Locksley, etc.)
    3. Which true freshman has the most Sacks?

    • MarkInAustin says:

      OFFENSE
      1. O
      2. O
      3. O
      4. O
      5. O

      DEFENSE
      1. O
      2. O
      3. U
      4. O

      ST
      1. U
      2. O
      3. U

      BQs

      1. Burt
      2. CJ
      3. Roach

    • jvj1128 says:

      Offense :
      Over – 1, 2, 3, 4
      Under – 5
      Defense :
      Over – 1, 2, 3, 4
      Special Teams :
      Over – 1, 2
      Under – 3
      Bonus :
      1 – John Burt
      2 – Jerrod Heard
      3 – Andrew Fitzgerald

    • Andrew King says:

      Offense
      1. Under
      2. Over
      3. Over
      4. Under
      5. Over

      Defense
      1. Under
      2. Over
      3. Under
      4. Over

      Special Teams
      1. Under
      2. Over
      3. Over

      BQ.
      1. Burt
      2. Johnson
      3. McCulloch

      • jhopkins81 says:

        You really think we’ll have 2 1000 yd rushers? Has Texas ever had 2 1000 yd rushers?

        • officially known as number 2 says:

          Has Texas ever had D’Onta and Warren with a spring under their belt in this offense? That is the correct question.

          • colt1317 says:

            With Porter and Johnson coming into play as well I just think the carries will be spread too much for 2 1000 yard rushers.

          • officially known as number 2 says:

            3 800 yd backs?

          • officially known as number 2 says:

            3 800 yd backs?

          • PHhornsinurface says:

            I agree. Foreman might get 1000, but it’ll be all split up after that. Warren even said recently if it were up to him he’d split carries evenly between all four of the first-in-lines. I agree (while still letting the bruisers lead the charge). That would be stupidly terrible to have to defend against. STUPIDLY.

          • colt1317 says:

            With Porter and Johnson coming into play as well I just think the carries will be spread too much for 2 1000 yard rushers.

          • jhopkins81 says:

            True, but it would be truly remarkable either way.

          • jhopkins81 says:

            True, but it would be truly remarkable either way.

          • MissingBarry says:

            I don’t think it is. Two 1k rushers is extremely dependent on both guys getting a fairly equal workload without injuries (or the injury has to work out just perfectly so the one guy gets it and then goes down and the other guys gets his carries in in place of RB#!) and without anyone else getting much time. Also requires neither of them to really run away from the other and establish themselves as the clear #1. Talent isn’t enough, it takes things breaking just right, too.

          • MissingBarry says:

            I don’t think it is. Two 1k rushers is extremely dependent on both guys getting a fairly equal workload without injuries (or the injury has to work out just perfectly so the one guy gets it and then goes down and the other guys gets his carries in in place of RB#!) and without anyone else getting much time. Also requires neither of them to really run away from the other and establish themselves as the clear #1. Talent isn’t enough, it takes things breaking just right, too.

        • officially known as number 2 says:

          Has Texas ever had D’Onta and Warren with a spring under their belt in this offense? That is the correct question.

        • Chill Out says:

          I believe we will use too many runners for that to happen.

        • Andrew King says:

          IF they stay healthy. I don’t expect them to stay healthy but if they do, I expect them both to have 1,000+

      • jhopkins81 says:

        You really think we’ll have 2 1000 yd rushers? Has Texas ever had 2 1000 yd rushers?

    • colt1317 says:

      Offense:
      1. Under
      2. Under
      3. Under
      4. Under
      5. Over

      Defense:
      1. Over
      2. Over
      3. Under
      4. Over

      Special Teams

      1. Under
      2. Over
      3. Over

      Bonus

      1. Burt
      2. Johnson
      3. Shark

    • colt1317 says:

      Offense:
      1. Under
      2. Under
      3. Under
      4. Under
      5. Over

      Defense:
      1. Over
      2. Over
      3. Under
      4. Over

      Special Teams

      1. Under
      2. Over
      3. Over

      Bonus

      1. Burt
      2. Johnson
      3. Shark

    • NoconaNugget7 says:

      1. Under
      2. Under (an injury somewhere)
      3. Over
      4. Under
      5. Over

      D1. Over
      D2. Over
      D3. Under
      D4. Over

      ST1. Under
      ST2. Over
      ST3. Under

      B1. Burt
      B2. Heard
      B3. Christmas

    • NoconaNugget7 says:

      1. Under
      2. Under (an injury somewhere)
      3. Over
      4. Under
      5. Over

      D1. Over
      D2. Over
      D3. Under
      D4. Over

      ST1. Under
      ST2. Over
      ST3. Under

      B1. Burt
      B2. Heard
      B3. Christmas

    • officially known as number 2 says:

      1. under
      2. over
      3. over
      4. over
      5. over

      1. over
      2. over
      3. under
      4. over

      1. over
      2. under
      3. over

      1. Kirk Johnson (RB)
      2. Heard
      3. Elliot

    • officially known as number 2 says:

      1. under
      2. over
      3. over
      4. over
      5. over

      1. over
      2. over
      3. under
      4. over

      1. over
      2. under
      3. over

      1. Kirk Johnson (RB)
      2. Heard
      3. Elliot

    • ChickfilATX says:

      O
      1. U
      2. U
      3. U
      4. O
      5. U

      D
      1. O
      2. O
      3. U
      4. O

      ST
      1. O
      2. O
      3. O

      ?
      1. Burt
      2. DD
      3. Roach

    • PHhornsinurface says:

      1.under
      2.under, bc 900-1000/650/300/250 or such something something
      3.over
      4.over
      5.under (totally guessing, have no idea). 77 probably 😛

      1.over
      2.over
      3.over(it’ll be 2)
      4.over

      1.:/…hard to tell… definite guess… maybe over??
      2.over
      3.under, more TDs, more rushing to convert 3rd and 4ths…

      1.Burt AND Heard (snicker)
      2.Heard all the way
      3.rational mind wants to say Elliot but I think it will either be tied or Christmas by 1 (probably) or 2 or 3..

    • Jose A. Calderón says:

      1. U
      2. U
      3. O
      4. U
      5. O
      Defense:
      1. O
      2. U
      3. U
      4. O
      Special Teams:
      1. O
      2. O
      3. O
      Bonus Questions:
      1. Burt
      2. Johnson
      3. Elliott

      3.B Bonus Question: Record W-L? : 8-4

  • john tran says:

    How surprised are you that Heard beat out Durvenay at the slot position?

    • Czar says:

      Both will play a lot I’m sure as the WRs rotate almost every snap it seems a times. I wonder if Heard just provides a different skill set that puts pressure on the D. Burt, Foreman and even Johnson really put pressure on the defense on the deep ball because of their size and speed, Duvernay provides that same type of pressure where as Heard scares the crap out of you in the screen game because of his start stop ability.

      • Longhorn.Pirate says:

        So this brings up a question I had but haven’t asked. We talk about tempo and they are running plays every 10 seconds. But isn’t the rule still there that says if you change your offensive personnel then the Defense gets time to change theirs as well? which means a ref standing over the ball and slowing down play. So won’t the receivers stay for a drive or for several plays at a time?

        • Czar says:

          It will depend on the types of routes being run, screens and stops will cause the WRs to stay on the field for consecutive plays, but a fly route likely leads to a quick swap, which can sometimes be just as fast a turn because you aren’t waiting on a winded WR to run another 40-50 yards back to the LOS.

          I come from a family of Baylor grads, I’m the only UT grad, so unfortunately I have seen way more Baylor games than I care to admit

        • Czar says:

          It will depend on the types of routes being run, screens and stops will cause the WRs to stay on the field for consecutive plays, but a fly route likely leads to a quick swap, which can sometimes be just as fast a turn because you aren’t waiting on a winded WR to run another 40-50 yards back to the LOS.

          I come from a family of Baylor grads, I’m the only UT grad, so unfortunately I have seen way more Baylor games than I care to admit

        • vaHorn says:

          I’m pretty sure the NCAA rule is that the defense has to react as quickly as the offense in substituting at the risk of being caught with too many or not enough players on the field or players out of position at the snap. In the NFL, the official stands over the ball till the defense is ready.

        • Unofficial Longhorn says:

          The ref stands over the ball so that the rest of the officiating crew and all that good stuff are set before the play begins. The defense only gets but so much time to react to the offensive personnel changes.

      • Longhorn.Pirate says:

        So this brings up a question I had but haven’t asked. We talk about tempo and they are running plays every 10 seconds. But isn’t the rule still there that says if you change your offensive personnel then the Defense gets time to change theirs as well? which means a ref standing over the ball and slowing down play. So won’t the receivers stay for a drive or for several plays at a time?

    • Czar says:

      Both will play a lot I’m sure as the WRs rotate almost every snap it seems a times. I wonder if Heard just provides a different skill set that puts pressure on the D. Burt, Foreman and even Johnson really put pressure on the defense on the deep ball because of their size and speed, Duvernay provides that same type of pressure where as Heard scares the crap out of you in the screen game because of his start stop ability.

    • Andrew King says:

      Kinda surprised but he knows the in’s and outs of the offense so that helped.

  • Zach says:

    Tyler played Plano West, not Plano East. Plano east played Duncanville (Anthony Hines had 21 tackles and a FF).

  • NoconaNugget7 says:

    How long till Kai passes Warrick or Leonard on the depth chart? He has the height to play outside easily.

    • PHhornsinurface says:

      I think he’s easily going to start challenging CJ for playing time on the outside eventually. There will be some skepticism with him, but in my estimation he’s the most capable of being a big moment/big play reliable receiver like J.Docston that Texas had had in some time. I think he’ll prove more reliable on the jumpball and the have to fight for it/adjust to it passes.

  • NoconaNugget7 says:

    And 2 QB’s switching to WR now. Spoetzl…what kind of receiving skills does Merrick have????

  • officially known as number 2 says:

    I had a nightmare on Friday that Texas lost to ND 35 – 23. I hope it was just a dream about me worrying too much. VY said Texas is going undefeated, so everything is going to be ok. See you at 13 – 0.

  • officially known as number 2 says:

    I had a nightmare on Friday that Texas lost to ND 35 – 23. I hope it was just a dream about me worrying too much. VY said Texas is going undefeated, so everything is going to be ok. See you at 13 – 0.

  • officially known as number 2 says:

    A close friend of mine’s calls me the king of ridiculous, but I have feeling after the OU game Tyrone is going to be getting plenty of Heisman buzz nationally.

    • officially known as number 2 says:

      Awhile back I had a dream Shane was sitting on the side line, but another qb was playing and doing well.

    • officially known as number 2 says:

      Awhile back I had a dream Shane was sitting on the side line, but another qb was playing and doing well.

    • jhopkins81 says:

      Alright, now you’re smoking something. It really would be great though. He’s been such a stand up guy and great teammate in the face of so much adversity. I think under a better set of circumstances he could have been a lot better than he has been so far.

    • jhopkins81 says:

      Alright, now you’re smoking something. It really would be great though. He’s been such a stand up guy and great teammate in the face of so much adversity. I think under a better set of circumstances he could have been a lot better than he has been so far.

    • AKDallas says:

      Can you please share the prescription list? I need to get my doctor to write them for me. 🙂 I hope Swoopes starts and does well. We need Shane to stay healthy until Sam gets to campus. I don’t think Shane has enough time and weight to take a beating from top teams through our the season so Swoopes is a big key for us.

      I can hardly weight for Sunday evening to get here.

      • bvhorn says:

        Heck, we need SAM to stay healthy until Sam gets to campus (and for several years thereafter).

  • officially known as number 2 says:

    A close friend of mine’s calls me the king of ridiculous, but I have feeling after the OU game Tyrone is going to be getting plenty of Heisman buzz nationally.

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  • Chris 45 says:

    Daniel Seahorn w/247 put in CB picks for Wilson, Little, Browning, Hines, Graham, Manning, & Dobbins to UT. Now that’s a Kool-Aid party I can get with.

    • Andrew King says:

      Have we not been saying Texas is in a good spot with all of those guys?

      • Spoetzl says:

        What does 247 require to put in CB’s? It looks like everyone and their dog does predictions there. You guys should show ’em how it’s done… at the very least on a regional level.

      • Chris 45 says:

        I know we have a great shot at those guys, especially if we WIN. It was really uplifting to see them with the Horns logo in front of their pics.

      • Chill Out says:

        Yes you have!!
        Thx for the great work.

      • NoconaNugget7 says:

        Good spot…feel good……..

        Chalk it up! Errbody the Sequel

        • officially known as number 2 says:

          love it Errbody the Sequel

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    • Unofficial Longhorn says:

      I noticed that too. I’m like “hey, I’ll take it!”. Now if we can just get a confirmation from those players…

    • NoconaNugget7 says:

      Guzzle Guzzle

    • MissingBarry says:

      Well, that would certainly be something.

  • PR says:

    A tweet today said Ehlinger had knee surgery on his meniscus. How long is the rehab for this type of surgery?

    • Bob Brewski says:

      I’d be okay if he just sits out until college. 😉

      • colt1317 says:

        My thoughts exactly! I always wonder why these guys play in all-star games after the season when they’ve already got big time scholarships locked up. Why would Fournette want to play this year on a team with no qb where they’re going to ride him 35 times a game? When guys are that good the only thing to be concerned with is the next level. They’ve made it. Don’t jeopardize it

        • officially known as number 2 says:

          They’re young, and they love the game and the competition.

          • colt1317 says:

            Yeah I get that, and help the team win, but seriously when you look at Fournette that guy has millions at risk. Just think of McGahee. Watching the high school games this weekend the coaches didn’t seem to care at all about over working a kid to get a win even hes screwing that kids future. It reminds of a time in high school baseball we were playing a team that had the number one prospect in the state, and their coach was trying to pitch him into the ground, and his dad pulled him off the field. That guy is in his 11th year in the majors. At the time everyone probably the thought the dad was a jerk, but he was right.

          • MissingBarry says:

            I mean, I understand where you’re coming from and I agree in situations there’s definitely a conflict between what’s good for one level isn’t good for the next level (especially in basketball where being 6’6 makes you a wing in college but a big man in HS)….but I think that’s going overboard to say the only thing that matters is the next level. All-star games are fun. Competitors want to win. Maybe Fournette wins a NC at LSU and never wins a Super Bowl….that means something, right? You can’t completely ignore the journey along the way….

          • officially known as number 2 says:

            I agree with you. I just see why the kid keeps playing. If it were me, I would still want to play my junior year. I could see it hurting Fournette’s stock a little bit if he were to sit out, but other backs had a great year.

    • Spoetzl says:

      It depends. If it’s just a minor clean-up/trim, he could be walking on it the next day and playing the next week, the stitches at the little incision being the most painful part. @MarkInAustin1:disqus probably could say more.

    • jhopkins81 says:

      Usually worst case is 6 wks.

    • michael_kirkland says:

      I heard they are expecting him to be out 3 to 4 weeks.

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