Inside the Gameplan: Building Blocks

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Every year, college teams have to revamp their strategies and team identities around a new cast of players. Ideally, each team is designed to feature the strengths of the senior class (with exceptions for talented, younger players) and each year the team evolves to emphasize the players who are best prepared and equipped to be the constants in a winning formula.

Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar – Q&A

Sterlin Gilbert. (Angelo State Athletics)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor we’ll take reader questions for the Big Cigar as we get into the meat of winter workouts. We received a lot of great questions but with so many submissions, we could only answer a portion of the questions. If your question didn’t get answered, in the vast majority of the cases it wasn’t because we don’t like you, it’s just because there was no real good answer at the time or there simply wasn’t enough room, inside the Humidor.

2017 Class Overview: Defense

Lagaryonn Carson (Justin Wells/IT)

There was a time during the 2016 cycle when people were wondering where the defensive players were. Indeed, Texas only received four verbal commitments during the calendar year for the class, and just two before November. A vocal minority questioned the method to Charlie Strong’s madness, but as we saw over the course of the last couple months, Charlie Strong got this.

Game Thoughts: OU 63, Texas 60

Prince Ibeh. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After a hot start produced a double digit lead early in the game for the Horns, a late flurry from Buddy Hield pulled off a frustrating win for the Sooners in Norman. One team’s star took over. The other team’s star didn’t.

Recruiting Notebook – 2/8/16

Anthony Hines. (courtesy of Hines)

We start the 2017 class recruiting season today in outside the Houston area with a ball-hawking safety and volume-carry tailback. We then head to Dallas for an elite Mike LB and a mighty mite of a running back. It’s the Recruiting Notebook on a Monday.