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Orange-White game: Our four pregame questions for Texas — answered

Posted April 22nd, 2018

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On Saturday morning, we asked four questions about the Orange-White game.

Here’s how they played out:

1. WHICH QUARTERBACK LOOKED BETTER?

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It was a push.

Both looked good (at times) and not so good (at times). Neither Shane Buechele nor Sam Ehlinger were able to separate themselves last fall. That’s carried over through the spring. Now it’ll continue through the summer. Ehlinger was 13 of 22 for 151 yards; Buechele was 12 of 21 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Buechele was sacked three times. Having Collin Johnson (6-91-1) to throw to helped Buechele, making a couple of impressive jump-ball catches, including one in the end zone. But Lil’Jordan Humphrey (7-100) Don’t forget that Buechele outplayed Ehlinger in last year’s spring game but it was Ehlinger who generated more cheers (and groans) in the fall.

2. WHO WAS THE LEADING RUSHER?

The same guy who was last year’s leading rusher: Sam Ehlinger.

And that’s not a good thing. But Toneil Carter (10-27) and Daniel Young (3-17) were outshined by a wide receiver — Lil’Jordan Humphrey was used as a post rusher and produced two short touchdown runs. Incoming freshman Keaontay Ingram won’t arrive on campus till the summer. The key to the 2018 season for this offense is whether Texas can become an effective running team again. For that to happen, a running back has to emerge and the offensive line has to get better.

3. IS THERE REASON TO FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT THE KICKING GAME?

Confident? No. Hopeful? Yes.

Joshua Rowland was a perfect 2 for 2 on field goals, including one from 50 yards out. And most think he’ll get beaten out by incoming freshman Cameron Dicker. And Michael Dickson was at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday, but only as a sideline spectator. His replacement at punter is is own cousin, Australian Ryan Bujcevski, who averaged more than 41 yards on eight punts. That included 59- and 50-yarders. Herman downplayed the kicking game’s importance at last year’s spring game, but as we saw last fall, it’s a pretty big deal.

4. THE LONGHORNS SHOWED UP, BUT DID THEIR FANS?

Yes.

Saturday’s game drew an estimated 35,000 fans to DKR. Last month, Herman didn’t see why Texas “should be any different” than the schools that draw large crowds for their spring games. And that was before SB Nation reported that Oklahoma (52,102) and Texas A&M (48,000) drew two of the nation’s largest crowds this spring.

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