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Injections and weird science: the answers to what ails the Texas offense

Posted October 3rd, 2017

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Herman sticks with Buechele at quarterback

On Monday, Texas fans found out more quarterback injury news. Starting quarterback Shane Buechele is going to have a platelet-rich plasma injection into his injured to ankle to help speed up the recovery that has left the sophomore in a walking boot. Media members learned from coach Tom Herman that third-string quarterback Jerrod Heard suffered a gash on his hand last week that merited 19 stitches and was the reason why he didn’t take any snaps in the wildcat formation in Texas’ 17-7 win over Iowa State on Thursday. As the American-Statesman’s Brian Davis said Monday – “lab coats and stethoscopes are mandatory this week” as Texas searches for improvement to its offense.

More Carter, more Ehlinger

As the Texas offense continues to sag, the American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls offers a solution, or perhaps many solutions: Play the young playmakers Toneil Carter and Sam Ehlinger more. Ehlinger’s physical running style and Carter’s potential as a big playmaker could inject life into the Tim Beck/Tom Herman offense that only accounted for 17 points Thursday, Bohls argues.

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Old-school approach

This week’s opponent for the Longhorns features a sometimes one-dimensional offensive gameplan and a veteran quarterback leading the charges. Kansas State will face off with Texas on Saturday, senior Jesse Ertz will lead the Wildcats in what Herman says resembles a single-wing offense. “There will be times when the quarterback and the fullback are the only people in the back field — not even a tailback in the back field,” Herman said Monday

No decision at returner

Through four games, Texas has featured two wide receivers at punt returner, and the staff hasn’t decided who will line up in this week’s game versus the Wildcats. Armanti Foreman and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps have split duties this season. Hemphill-Mapps made some questionable decisions on returns against USC, but his 91-yard touchdown return in UT’s season opener ranks third in school history. Foreman has netted negative yardage over his three returns this season, and he fair-caught five of Iowa State punter Colin Downing’s seven punts on Sept. 28.

Red River Rivalry shifts to afternoon

On Monday, the Big 12 announced kickoff times for the conference slate for the weekend of Oct. 14, and the game featuring the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Texas and Oklahoma fans have become accustomed to kicking off at 11 a.m., which has been the annual meeting’s start time in each of the past six years.

 

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