Chat with Carter Strickland
Welcome to HornsNation! On Tuesday, writer Carter Strickland stops by to chat about everything Texas.
Strickland joined ESPN.com in 2011 after covering the University of Georgia for Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the University of Oklahoma for The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman and Washington State University for The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review. Strickland lives with his wife and family in Austin, Texas.
Send your questions now and join Strickland Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What Texas College Football Players do you think will be ready for the NFL in 2012?
Carter Strickland (3:02 PM)
Welcome to the chat guys. We will start with Chris' NFL question:Chris: I think you have to look at Okafor and Vaccaro as guys who leave and go early this year. I would be very surprised if Vaccaro stays. And Texas is recruiting a defensive end to replace Okafor in case he goes. Fozzy could find a place as a third down back but he is going to be a free agent and not a draft pick. I really like Jordan Hicks and think in a year or two he will be a big-time NFL guy. But he needs more time at Texas.
barron tryon (dallas,tx)
what are texas plans with chris jones and how has malcom williams been doing????
Carter Strickland (3:04 PM)
Williams is out of football so we have lost touch with him. He would have been a huge asset on this team. Jones is just a freshman so he is going to have time to mature and come along. Texas needs young receivers to step up and start to contribute. He will get a chance but he better take it in the spring because there are a couple good receivers coming into Texas in 2012
JL (Warrenton, Virginia)
Carter: So far, wouldn't you have to agree that the Longhorn Network is a flop? I have DirecTV which carries networks devoted to making costume jewlery and cooking pancakes. But they don't carry the Longhorn Network. If there were the slightest interest, they'd carry it. Be honest. The Longhorn network is a flop. Thanks.
Carter Strickland (3:06 PM)
The do not put me in charge of LHN and thankfully i do not have to go to the cable providers and try and hash out the contracts. I know it has been very aggravating for fans. I have watched several of the shows and the KU broadcast on my computer and can tell you when the deals are worked out you will be happy with the product.
Carter: Im sick and tired of teams like Texas that think they're Notre Dame and their not. Notre Dame is the only team with a real National TV contract. In terms of popularity, fane base, Tv ratings .. there is no team that rivals Notre Dame. The Irish have been mediocre for 15 years and they are still the biggest name in the sport. Period. You can make an arguement that the only team in all of sports with a bigger fane base than the Irish is probably the Yankees. Your thoughts?
Carter Strickland (3:08 PM)
Notre Dame has a great following because it has such a large reach due to the church. Truly football is a religion there and that has helped it. Plus ND gets the northeast market in terms of TV revenue and that really helps. But where ND is hurting is that the players no longer care about history. They care about right now. That is why ND cannot attract the top quality recruits. But to your point it is more of a national program than any other in the country.
Carter: In terms of popularity Nation-wide.. Does Texas Football match-up well with Notre Dame? Or are the Irish still a cut above everybody else? Texas has their cute little Longhorn network, but who gets it? I don't. I live in Michigan. Notre Dame games are broadcasted nationally by NBC, and when the Irish play on the road, ESPN or ABC carry that game nationally.
Carter Strickland (3:11 PM)
Just like the last question Notre Dame is more of a national brand. Ask someone who does not know much about football to name a program and they are going to say Notre Dame. It just carries more significance among a larger group of people. A lot more people paid to see Rudy than have watched LHN, let's just put it that way.But having said all that Notre Dame is in danger because it is not attracting the younger generation like it used to. In the all-important 16-34 demo, Texas, Bama and those type programs are the kings of college football.
Any inside word on DGB? Im really hoping Texas can land DGB.
Carter Strickland (3:12 PM)
He would be a huge get for Texas. There was the thought last week that he might take a visit to Texas but then he told ESPN's William Wilkerson that one had not been scheduled. Texas has a really good receiver in Cayleb Jones coming in but DGB would be a difference maker. What Texas can sell is that he can step right in right away and be the guy.
Steve (Austin, TX)
Why are the Horns in the top 25? They get blasted by OU and OK ST. pounds them. Does beating no name teams really carry that much weight in the polls? UT is overrated.
Carter Strickland (3:14 PM)
Have to agree with you on that one. Texas is overrated at this point. They have not beaten a quality opponent yet, but they are sitting at No. 21 in the BCS. A lot of that has to do with the fact that the BCS computers love the Big 12 this year because the non-conference win loss total. Texas needs a quality win and might struggle to get one down the stretch unless it figures out how to score some more points on offense.
What kind of chance does Overstreet have to compete for playing time. Will there be another spring/summer of QB battles or what should we expect?
Carter Strickland (3:19 PM)
Overstreet is a very interesting prospect. Unless Ash turns things around in the passing game and soon, they are going to have to throw the competition back open again. Texas does not want to do that but it might be necessary. What is intriguing about Overstreet is that he brings a whole new dimension to the things and adds so many more play calls to Bryan Harsin's book. Now he will be a freshman so that is going to be very rough. But i think what you will see is Ash be the starter next year and a huge competition between Overstreet and Brewer. It will be played out in the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2013.
Andy (Vestal NY)
what is an abberation or did I see Tom Brady at QB for texas against Kansas?
Carter Strickland (3:21 PM)
Brady doesn't hand off the ball that much and he throws a better downfield ball. Ash looked better no doubt but the KU defense is not very good. What Ash has yet to prove is if he can connect on the deep ball. He is 1 of 6 in attempts of 20 or more yards since Iowa State. He also was flat on the throw where he was picked in the end zone. He has an arm but at times appears too scared to use it. He needs to get out there and let it fly a couple of times to get in the groove of the passing game. Tech is terrible at rush defense so look for more of the same game plan this week with possibly a few more deep throws from Ash.
barron tryon (dallas,tx)
granted it was against kansas but jackson jeffcoat played better than he has since he been at texas
Carter Strickland (3:23 PM)
But KU does have a good offensive line that's the thing. So Jeffocat's performance was very good in that light. Mack Brown called Jeffcoat out in the off week. I think the sophomore took it personally and got after it on Saturday. He finally just went out there with some reckless abandon and let his athleticism take over the game.
Huge LONGHORNS Fan. What are Texas plans on latest commit Overstreet dual-threat quaterback .
Carter Strickland (3:25 PM)
First he has to sign, which should happen in Feb. Then the sky is the limit. Overstreet is scary good athlete. Lots of schools were on him as a wide receiver and some others just as a plain athlete. Harsin will want to see what he can do within the Texas scheme and then start to tinker with the playbook to take advantage of Overstreet's talents. The thing about Harsin is he does get talent on the field and uses it. If Overstreet proves he can hang at this level he will get plenty of playing time quite possibly in multiple positions.
Carter Strickland (3:29 PM)
Thanks for the time today. We will be back next week for another chat at the same time. If you have any other questions submit them to the mailbag at http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/recruiting/mailbag/_/id/40369/school/texas and William or I will get you an answer.