Open Post | Monday, August 6th

Fall Camp Quick-Hitters 
– Super K

***The defensive 1st team lineup that Will posted last week was correct.

***With the lack of depth at LB, while McCulloch is backing up Wheeler at MLB he would be first off the bench behind Roach at OLB, despite the fact that it was Ossai behind Roach today.

***Hobbs was behind Roach. But again, McCulloch is the guy you’ll see first off the bench at multiple spots.

***On the offensive line, as Will preemptively noted yesterday, Okafor was taking first-team reps at LT but a source confirmed what Will also said, namely that it’s Anderson’s job. Source said, “Calvin will be the left tackle. You can put that in stone”.

***Look for Okafor to take reps at both edge positions but to likely settle at RT. Should be much better in general with Okafor and Kerstetter fighting for RT and Calvin, Okafor and Cosmi fighting at LT. What a difference a year makes.

***As Herman mentioned yesterday, Rising will take some first-team reps (and split second-team reps with Casey) but I’m told he didn’t get any today. Rising continues to improve, “he’s a dude”.

***At running back Daniel Young ran 1st team followed by Cal grad transfer, Tre Watson. Kirk Johnson is healthy. He and Toneil Carter were behind Young and Watson. Freshman Keontay Ingram and Kyle Porter were behind Johnson and Carter.

***I was told to keep an eye on Ingram. There is some optimism that as fall camp continues, Ingram will climb the depth chart.

***Asked someone about Kirk Johnson, “He’s twitched up. When he’s healthy he’s one of the best backs on the team but I withhold judgment till I see if he can stay healthy”.

***I also asked about D’Shawn Jamison at inside receiver. “Very quick. Very fast. But obviously needs to develop actual wide receiver skills”. So, basically, too early to tell.

***Biggest catch of the day, I’m told, came from Lil’Jordan who snags one over the middle



Shh Sighting
– Super K

From August 4th…

It’s a 2019 recruit. Should be announced this month.



Fall Practice Report | 8.5.2018
– Will Baizer


QB: Sam Ehlinger
RB: Daniel Young
X: Collin Johnson
Y: Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Z: Devin Duvernay
TE: Andrew Beck
OL: Denzel Okafor – Patrick Vahe – Zach Shackelford – Elijah Rodriguez – Derek Kerstetter

DL: Breckyn Hager – Chris Nelson – Charles Omenihu
BLB: Malcolm Roach
RLB: Gary Johnson
MLB: Anthony Wheeler
NB: PJ Locke
CB: Kris Boyd, Davante Davis
BS: Caden Sterns
FS: Brandon Jones

2s / 3s…
QB: Shane Buechele/Casey Thompson/Cam Rising
RB: Tre Watson / Keaontay Ingram / Kyle Porter / Kirk Johnson / Toneil Carter
X: Brennan Eagles / Malcolm Epps
Y: Jerrod Heard / Jordan Pouncey / Josh Moore / D’Shawn Jamison
Z: John Burt / Davion Curtis / Al’Vonte Woodard
TE: Reese Leitao / Cade Brewer
OL: Samuel Cosmi – Patrick Hudson – Elijah Rodriguez – Tope Imade – JP Urquidez / Calvin Anderson – Rafiti Ghirmai – Austin Alsup – Junior Angilau – Reese Moore

DL: Marquez Bimage – Taquon Graham – Gerald Wilbon / Andrew Fitzgerald – Jamari Chisholm – D’Andre Christmas
BLB: Jeffrey McCulloch / Joseph Ossai
RLB: Ayodele Adeoye/ Malcolm Roach / Luke Brockermeyer
MLB: Jeffrey McCulloch / Russel Hine
NB: Josh Thompson
CB: Anthony Cook, Kobe Boyce
BS: John Bonney / Chris Brown / DeMarvion Overshown
FS: BJ Foster / Montrell Estell



Take Aways: 

– Once again, the window of time we got to saw was very short, and they started early. I arrived when they told us to and thus missed most team reps. So some of these notes are sourced.

– First team OL vs second team OL is night-and-day. Not a great thing. Buechele doesn’t have much time in the pocket to do much and balls were getting batted down at the LOS. But that may just be how unfairly deep the DL is vs the OL. But I can say this with 100% certainty, there is no true freshman who is ready for the next level yet. If I were to guess who would be the first one ready it’d be Junior Angilau.

– Caden Sterns was out on the field with the 1s during team-vs-team at the end. If that holds, that is impressive. He’s very cerebral and giving him an entire summer of workouts to build his body and learn the offense has shown. This was shown today when he had a leaping pick on a 50/50 ball. He’s going to be good this year.

– Calvin Anderson started to take reps with the second team today, so he is slowly making his way up the depth chart. He’s a little smaller than I thought or compared to his teammates. Also Derek Kerstetter was working some 2nd team center.

– Again, a lot of back and forth between the offense and the defense. The defense would stop the offense and then the offense would have a nice few plays or a big touchdown. Defense is still better by far, but the gap in talent and ability isn’t as night-and-day as last season.

– Collin Johnson made the catch of the day with a jump ball in the end zone thrown by Ehlinger over two defenders. It was impressive that he came down with it.

– With that said, this secondary is stacked all the way down the line and plays like it is. A lot of pass break ups by the first team and a big interception down the field by the second team were pretty impressive.

– I guess I’ll talk about the QBs. Nothing much new here. Ehlinger is still my favorite to win the job. I like his arm strength and where he puts the ball in routes. He still a “Brett Farve” type risk taker, but with better decision making than last year. Now, we haven’t seen him run. Vince Young was just as big and strong and even he would run out of bounds or go down. Sam needs to channel that this season and learn when to use his shoulder and when to protect it.

– Quick note on DeMarvion Overshown. If he didn’t have the red stripe on his helmet, you’d think he was a Senior. That dude is big. Same goes for Brennan Eagles. Those two have the body types to match the seniors. They’ll be exciting in a few years.

– Running back is still a mishmash if guys with Daniel Young leading the pack, but not separating. Tre Watson is pretty electric and Kirk Johnson looks like a stud and moves like one. There may be no leader true leader in that room, but you’d think there is enough bodies with talent to put together a good group. Kyle Porter was running as the third string RB though. Seems the coaches like how he doesn’t mess up the little things.

– D’Shawn Jamison was working individual drills today with the CBs today. I believe that is the long term position for him.

– This defensive line is stacked. While there is no Poona in the middle, Chris, Nelson.m, Gerald Wilbon, and Ta’Quon Graham make one Poona at DT in my opinion. If those three can clog the middle like they do in practice, Texas’ defense should be good to go. DE is leagues better than last year