Well, that was different – someone actually passed for a touchdown. At April 16's Orange and White Game, the resurgent Texas Longhorns appeared back to form. Long-missing adjectives – such as "explosive," "athletic," and "punishing" – have welcomed themselves back into the Longhorn conversation, after some considerable time away. Though eventually rained out at the half, Strong's 2016 squad foretells many bright, sunny days for this fall.
In a scrimmage with loads of offensive bright spots – 110 plays for 611 yards in 30 minutes – the star of the game (half of the double cowbell back tandem with D'Onta Foreman) was Chris Warren III, with his 101 yards and a score – on only seven carries. The running back's power has long been evident, but the turbo boost he displays – at 255 lbs. – is remarkable. Arm tackling Warren (or Foreman) will lead to gashed defenses.
Freshman (early enrollee) quarterback Shane Buechele was the other big standout, making his case for starting over Jerrod Heard, who's still nursing an injured shoulder. Though his smallish frame could be a bit concerning, Buechele's arm is unquestionable, even on a wet day – completing 19 of 36 passes for 299 yards and 2 scores. Those stats included a beautiful toss to WR John Burt, for 65 of Burt's 106 yards.
On the downside, redshirt freshman QB Kai Locksley was upset following the rainout, as he received no snaps – noting on a since-deleted Tweet that he "could've told [his] mother to save her money on the plane ticket." He was scheduled to play the canceled second half. What might be creating the burn is the fact that (future H-back/TE) Tyrone Swoopes is puzzlingly still being played at quarterback. He threw for 71 yards and two interceptions, with only four connections on 16 attempts.
Of course, there were some defensive highlights, too. Sophomore safety (and likely starter) DeShon Elliott lowered the boom on RB Roderick Bernard, causing a fumble. Defensive end Charles Omenihu is showing signs of being that edge rusher who can get regular pressure – finishing with two sacks and numerous QB hurries.