Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
On the Texas offense:
Don’t read this item if you belong to the Tim Beck Hater Club. This is not to excuse the Texas offensive coordinator for a Longhorns offense that is ranked 54th nationally in scoring and 77th in rushing. He’s a big boy. He knows the offense has been bad, but criticism should come with an asterisk because of a patchwork offensive line, a freshman quarterback and the lack of a dynamic playmaker at running back. It is odd, however, that defensive guru Charlie Strong had horrible defenses, and offensive whiz Tom Herman struggles to produce first downs. But consider that if Sam Ehlinger were further along in his development, saw the field better and got rid of the ball on time, he would have had a touchdown pass on the first play of the Kansas State game (great call but the ball was severely underthrown and picked off), a touchdown to Devin Duvernay against Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter if he had seen him open downfield and a TD against Oklahoma if Ehlinger had hit Duvernay in stride. Just those last two plays probably would have given Texas victories and a 5-2 record. Beck also called that 48-yard pass to Collin Johnson on the first play of the USC game when the Trojans stacked seven in the box against a run set. A field goal on fourth down inside the 5 also would have won that game.
On the Longhorns’ lack of gadget plays:
Granted, I’ve always been a big proponent of trick plays. Boise State’s trick-a-thon approach to beating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl resulted in one of the best bowl games ever. Because Texas has struggled to present any type of offensive threat, would it hurt the Longhorns to try a gadget play. The throwback touchdown to Cade Brewer against USC was nifty. Did you catch Purdue’s fake flea flicker that saw tailback D.J. Knox fake the pitch back to his quarterback and run up the middle for 41 yards? Sheer brilliance by coach Jeff Brohm.
On Mo Bamba:
Mo Bamba is the real deal. You only need to watch him in action once to know the Texas freshman center will take this city by storm, if but a brief storm as a one-and-done player. He’s far ahead of Myles Turner in his development at the same age. Mo’s the first athlete I can remember who shook hands and introduced himself to about a dozen reporters at his first news conference. He’s engaging, smart and selfless as well. As he was leaving the room, I asked if he liked Tex-Mex yet. “Oh, no,” Bamba said. “Breakfast tacos. I can’t do those.” When I feigned incredulity, he quipped, “Hey, I’ve worn a cowboy hat. What do you want from me?” Uh, two seasons?
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on former Texas golf coach George Hannon, who should win Big 12 coach of the year and Ezekiel Elliott, click here.