With a little less than a month remaining before opening day, the Longhorns opened preseason practice this week, culminating in an 11-on-11 scrimmage on Saturday morning. Here are three things we learned from week one of head coach Tom Herman’s first preseason camp.
Despite Texas’ 5–7 record last season, there wasn’t exactly a dearth of talent on the 40 Acres. The Longhorns sported top-20 recruiting classes each year from 2014–16 according to 247Sports, totaling 30 four-or-five-star prospects. Here is who the burnt orange need to replace — and who will take their place — heading into 2017.
Connor Williams hasn’t always been considered the best offensive tackle in college football.
Two years ago, when Williams arrived on the 40 Acres as a freshman, he didn’t do so as a four or five-star recruit. The junior offensive tackle was just the No. 75 ranked tackle in the nation, per 247sports.
Tom Herman’s main mission this offseason has been to reverse Texas’ culture. He’s used the buzzword time and again through spring practice and summer workouts, aiming to change the mindset of a team that had lost 21 games over the past three seasons.