The dream job hasn’t gone exactly according to plan for Tom Herman. Entering his fourth season at Texas has him coming off a disappointing season and sitting on the hot seat. If 2020 doesn’t feature a turn around, it could be his last season at UT.
Coaching Shake Up
Texas rebuilt the coaching staff and spent big money doing it. Texas hired Mike Yurcich away from Ohio State and nearly doubled his salary to do so.
It seems that UT will pay Yurcich $1.7 million over the next three seasons as part of his deal — roughly doubling what he was making at OSU. That was already a robust $950,000 in Columbus — among the top 30 coaches in the country in 2019 as is according to USA Today.Via College Football Talk
Texas also decided to move on from Todd Orlando after looking for answers. This felt like a job saving move for Tom Herman. Orlando is one of the better defensive minds in the country. The defense was a liability in 2019 but they were depleted due to injury. Whether you thought Orlando was to blame or not, former Rutgers Head Coach, Chris Ash has the job now.
Texas has the names and their own Ohio State South going under Tom Herman. They also have the talent to match and it is just putting all in motion now.
Texas has everything lined up for them in the 2020 season. While they have a tough game at LSU, they should still be more talented than most in the Big 12.
The obvious contender for the Big 12 is Oklahoma. They have been one of the many thorns in the side of Tom Herman. Texas has better talent out-recruiting Oklahoma the last three seasons. The problem is recruiting is only half the battle.
While all roads go through Norman, the Big 12 won’t be a conference to sleepwalk through. Oklahoma State is returning arguably the best receiver and running back in college football. Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor should also be talented in 2020. Lower end schools like West Virginia, Texas Tech and TCU are looking to rebound and chances are two of the three will be competitive again.
As I just mentioned, Texas has recruited better talent than every other school mentioned over the last three seasons. Oklahoma is the only school that has been close according to 247 Sports. The talent for Texas all comes together at the right time.
Top Offense In 2020
Texas will be led once again by Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger was currently ranked as the 4th best returning QB for the 2020 season and has incredibly high expectations for his last season.
Ehlinger returns as the NCAA’s active leader in most passing categories. In Texas program history he is No. 2 all-time in passing yards with 8,870 behind only Colt McCoy (13,253). He is also second in passing touchdowns with 68 behind McCoy’s 112. The Longhorns are expecting big things from Ehlinger’s senior season. New offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich called Ehlinger “a big part of why I chose this position” during his introductory press conference.Via SI.com
Now Ehlinger was far from the biggest problem Texas had last season. The reason the LSU game was so close was Ehlinger putting together great scoring drives. However the offense needs to be even better in 2020.
The loss of Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay will hurt but they have talented guys behind them ready to fill in. Brennan Eagles and Jake Smith had 56 catches and 12 touchdowns combined last season. texas also brings in a stable of top running backs. The offense should be able to at least get back to averaging 35 PPG.
The defense has a fresh face leading them and some of the younger guys got much needed experience last season. Naturally you would assume the defense would take a step forward and improve. Texas doesn’t need a drastic improvement or a top 10 defense to contend for a Big 12 title. While Oklahoma will still be explosive, they will also be young in 2020.
This could be the season it all comes together for Tom Herman. However if Texas falls flat again in 2020, we could see another coach on the sideline come 2021.
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