March 08, 2011
Welcome to our latest feature, the Orangebloods.com "Around The Horn" blog. Our plan is to have our entire staff consistently contribute to this feature, providing thoughts and insights on Texas Longhorn athletics, some recruiting news, pro sports commentary from guys like Lance Zierlein, pop culture news that fans may enjoy ... consider this a hodgepodge that will cover a little bit of everything.
What better way to kick off this blog than with some scantily clad women, some football notes and a little music to make a slow Tuesday pass a little quicker?
GOOD TO SEE THE NOW 46-YEAR-OLD COURTNEY COX HOLDING UP SO WELL
Wow, this was from last week on the set of her show Cougartown ...
AN EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH
To keep this a little sports related, happy early birthday to Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who turns 27 on Wednesday.
A COUPLE FOOTBALL THOUGHTS ...
--- Fans need to be careful about reading too much into the notes they've picked up through the first five practices of the Longhorns' spring season.
The team will go through another workout later today, but the real fun will begin later this week when the Horns' hold their first scrimmage of the spring. The tape from that workout will be thoroughly evaluated and it should give the coaches a much better idea of how the preliminary depth chart will look in the second half of spring ball, which will pick up after spring break.
--- The one name I have heard from every single person I've talked to as a camp standout is linebacker Jordan Hicks. The ultra-talented sophomore picked up some playing last year as a true freshman and when he was on the field, he was very productive.
Makes you wonder a bit why Will Muschamp seemingly would only give Hicks meaningful reps when injuries forced him to. If Hicks is half as good as what's being described through the first part of spring, Texas could have a star in the making beginning next fall.
There's some talk that Muschamp's schemes were so complicated that it made it tough for young players ... if you couldn't grasp all the intracacies of Muschamp's scheme, you weren't going to log much PT. Players and recruits have said Manny Diaz's schemes aren't overly complex, but they do showcase guys who are athletic and instinctive. Hicks certainly fits that bill.
--- As we first reported last week, redshirt freshman wide receiver John Harris has been tearing it up and is running with the first string.
This comes as a pretty big surprise to people who haven't paid attention (okay, I admit it ... even I didn't see that one coming) but in hindsight there were some signs.
When Harris arrived on campus last summer, people close to the program thought he was already physically developed enough to play as a true freshman. The only concern was that he played quarterback as a senior at Garland Naaman Forest so his skills as a receiver weren't quite polished. But even knowing that, there was some thought early on about playing Harris on special teams as a true freshman because he was such a physical specimen.
One coach in the D/FW area told me last week, he's not at all surprised to hear of Harris' success.
"I know you guys all liked (other receivers in the 2010 class), but I've watched all these guys in this area grow up and I've always thought John was the best of the lot."
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