Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:
On the athletes Charlie Strong now has in the football program:
“I’m not sure anyone who watched Texas’ first spring football practice on Monday knows if this is a team that will win five games or nine, but it’s clear that Charlie Strong has recruited a bunch of terrific athletes. None is better than wideout John Burt, who continues to excel. But look out for an immediate impact from 6-foot-6-inch freshman Collin Johnson, a specimen with lineage (as the son of former Texas All-American defensive back Johnnie Johnson), great moves and outstanding hands that really stood out. Also, sophomore slot wide receiver Ryan Newsome looks due for a big year, and I’m a believer in Lorenzo Joe as well as they compete to be the No. 2 receiver or slot receiver.”
On the Longhorns’ QBs:
“Looked like mixed results out of the Texas quarterbacks. The ball hit the ground way too much, and it’s very difficult to make accurate assessments because there’s no pass rush, no fear of getting hit and no offensive linemen to see over. I do like the athleticism of Shane Buechele, who has outstanding wheels and will inevitably spark comparisons to Colt McCoy although I’m not sure he’s any taller than 6-foot. He does have moxie.”
On the Longhorns’ RBs:
“I’m also impressed with how strong and physical running backs D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III are. I think the best positions on the team are running back, linebacker and defensive back. Those in the secondary like P.J. Locke and Holton Hill have added some weight and bring confidence to the position. The play of the day, if not Johnson’s out-of-bounds catch on a deep route, was safety Dylan Haines’ one-handed interception of a Jerrod Heard pass.”
On whether Shaka should play Cam Ridley this week after just returning from injury:
“I’m all in with playing center Cam Ridley this week so Shaka Smart can find out exactly what he has when the Texas basketball team starts NCAA Tournament play next week. Ridley needs to get into basketball shape as soon as possible so he can hopefully play extended minutes in the NCAAs, give the Longhorns five more fouls out of their front court and allow Prince Ibeh to play more freely. Ridley started running and jumping Monday for the first time in 10 weeks since breaking a bone in his very large foot.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 things including his thoughts on professional football coming to Austin, Jim Harbaugh and the “next Jordan Spieth,” click here.
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