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TFB Talking Point | Big 12 Predictions 2021
– The Football Brainiacs

College football is just around the corner! The TFB team has their SEC… excuse me… Big 12 conference predictions below. Let us know how you see the season going!


CHARLIE

1. Oklahoma (8-1)

2. Iowa State (7-2)

3. Texas (6-3)

4. Oklahoma State (6-3)

5. TCU (5-4)

6. Kansas State (4-5)

7. West Virginia (3-6)

8. Baylor (3-6)

9. Texas Tech (3-6)

10. Kansas (0 for the season 9)

Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma over Iowa State


CJ

1. Oklahoma (9-0)

2. Iowa State (8-1)

3. Texas (6-3)

4. Oklahoma State (6-3)

5. TCU (5-4)

6. West Virginia (4-5)

7. Kansas State (3-6)

8. Texas Tech (3-6)

9. Baylor (1-8)

10. Kansas (0-9)

Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma over Iowa State


DARIUS

1. Oklahoma (8-1)

2. Iowa State (7-2)

3. Texas (6-3)

4. TCU (6-3)

5. Oklahoma State (5-4)

6. Kansas State (4-5)

7. Baylor (3-6)

8. West Virginia (3-6)

9. Texas Tech (2-7)

10. Kansas (1-8)

Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma over Iowa State


RYAN

1. Oklahoma (9-0)

2. Iowa State (8-1)

3. TCU (6-3)

3. Texas (6-3)

3. Oklahoma State (6-3) – yes, I have all three beating each other and ending with the same record

6. Kansas State (3-6)

7. Baylor (3-6)

8. West Virginia (2-7)

9. Texas Tech (2-7)

10. Kansas (0-9)

Big 12 Championship Game: Oklahoma over Iowa State


Talented 2023 DB Ryan Yaites Clicking With Coach Gideon
– CJ Vogel

Among the most talented players on campus in the 2023 class for the Pool Party last week was 2023 Denton Guyer defensive back Ryan Yaites.

Yaites is ranked as the 103rd best player in the country per the 247Sports Composite ranking and has pulled in offers from Notre Dame, USC, TCU, LSU, Alabama and many others. Hosting Yaites for the pool party was a big deal as the Denton product is set to be one of the more sought after players in the state.

“I definitely think it was a great time,” Yaites said. “It kind of felt like another home. Coming here, I really felt like I had a great time. Meeting the coaches again, it was more like a personable connection. Last time, they were pushing the school a little more and letting my parents know that academics and athletics are a big thing here.

It was a busy summer for Yaites who visited Ole Miss, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas in June. Of course, the return to Austin speaks volumes on the interest in the program,

“Also the brand,” said Yaites when asked what stood out about the visit. “My dad really talks about building your brand a lot and just hearing that from them today and last time I was here, I think that was a big deal. Especially with the SEC move.”

Yaites expanded on the SEC move for Texas. He believes it is huge for the program and is something he is definitely going to take a deeper look into for his own recruitment.

“The SEC news definitely surprised me,” Yaites said. “It definitely put (Texas) on a higher level for me. Don’t get me wrong, every conference is a good conference, but just being in the SEC, that is the best of the best. I think that is a really great move for Texas and OU.”

On the trip, Yaites was really able to click with safeties coach Blake Gideon. Yaites said the two of them had a great time at the pool party where a splash war ensued as you can see in the video Yaites tweeted out afterwards.

“He is a really great guy,” Yaites said of Gideon. “I see him as one of my family members definitely.”

Yaites said he has yet to circle any games on the calendar to attend in person, but he said that he hopes to visit two games in Austin this year since “it is right down the road.”

Notre Dame and LSU are two other schools slated to get visits this fall as well. Texas is up in the top group, though things are still very open for Yaites. I would not be surprised to see him go out of state when it is all said and done, but this recruitment is off to a good start with the relationship with Gideon.


Team | Sourced | Quick-Hitters | Bug and WRs
Super K

***With the season just around the corner, the team has turned their attention to the season opening opponent, top 25 Ragin’ Cajuns.

***I am told that the team has a bit of a bug going around. Sounds like there are a number of players who have been out. Not sure how much it impacts prep, perhaps not much at all.

***Also, some of you have asked about the wide receiver situations and some of the challenges.

***So, what I have heard is that because Sark (like Riley) uses a lot of option routes, some of the guys are taking a little longer to get acclimated to this change. Herman’s offense was super simple with predetermined routes so it really was solely about your ability as a wide receiver to get to a spot or separate.

***With some additional mental requirements, it means these guys need to be more focused both on and off the field and that’s something some of the receivers need to continue to improve on.

***I think that’s why you’re hearing a lot more about a guy like J Whitt. He’s been in the program longer and knows what he’s supposed to be doing in this choose your own adventure scenarios.

***With a guy like Worthy, my sense is they are basically going to simplify things for him and just try to get him the ball in space via a rub routes or other shallow crossing patterns. So, while I think you’l see Worthy, the possibility playbook limitation could limit his ceiling this season.


2023 TE Jaden Platt Goes In-Depth on Texas
– CJ Vogel

2023 Eaton TE Jaden Platt has become one of the top in-state names to know at the tight end position. He was recently on campus and dished to TFB his thoughts on the trip, the coaching staff and his overall experience in Austin.

“The atmosphere and being around all of the different coaches,” Platt said about what stood out to him on his visit. “They were all joking around and they all came up to me– that definitely stood out to me.”

Platt said he was able to start relationships with every coach he came across on the trip, even those on the defensive side of the ball who Platt said made an effort to come up and greet him as he first arrived.

“That really stands out to me as a recruit, because I want a family. Seeing all the coaches come up to me, it gave me a family vibe.”

As one would expect, TE coach and assistant HC Jeff Banks is the one leading the charge for Platt. The two were able to talk fit and scheme on the trip. Platt gave off the impression that Banks made a really solid first impression.

An interesting note on Platt is that he was on JV last year at Eaton. Platt mentioned recovering from an elbow injury last fall while he was still at the quarterback position. Since then, he has moved to tight end, a spot says he is more natural at.

Platt said the staff mentioned the SEC move, but was not a main pitch on the trip. Regardless, the interest in the Longhorns is there.

“Texas has always been a school that I have been interested in,” Platt said. “Them going tot he SEC definitely adds to a whole different level. It is arguably the best conference in football. So being able to compete with those guys will help me make that decision.”

A return trip to Austin for a game this fall is very much in the plans for Platt.

A decision could come soon for Platt, who said he hopes to make a commitment by his birthday in the middle of December. So far, he has visited Tennessee, Florida State, Texas A&M and Iowa State.

For the time being, Texas is certainly in the mix as he has been to campus twice now. Texas A&M is going to be a team to watch here as well.