Chat with Sean Adams
Welcome to HornsNation! On Friday, writer Sean Adams stops by to chat about the Longhorns and everything else Texas.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2012 after covering the University of Texas and national college football since 2001, most recently for Rivals. Each afternoon he hosts the top-rated show "The Adams Theory" on 104.9 The Horn - ESPN Austin. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your questions now and join Adams Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Caleb Pettis (Indianapolis, IN)
Next year Texas will have a top five defense in the country. They have five candidates on defense for 1st team all conference. (2CB 2DE 1S) Very good DT filling in and highly recruited linebackers starting. We have a better than average OL coming back with addition of the Juco transfer. Three of the best running backs in the nation. Receivers are good. Quarterback play will improve this year. I dont believe it could get any worse. We also now have a top 5 kicking game in the nation. We have a great recruiting class coming in. Why are we not considered for the BCS national championship?
Sean Adams (12:05 PM)
It is hard to consider any team as a BCS Championship contender with the questions that Texas has at QB. If there was more security in the QB position Texas would be part of that converssation.
Alonzo (Austin, TX)
How can you have Texas and West Virginia the same in your rankings? They won a BCS bowl last year in a blowout.
Sean Adams (12:10 PM)
That's a big bowl of 'so what' to me. WVU is good but they have more questions about their defense than any of the top 10 teams in the country. As a guy that understands that defense wins championships, this is an easy one for me. While I tend to think that the Big 12 conference is an offensive conference, the teams that have done really well historically, are defensive teams.
Steve W (Austin, TX)
So now that Fera is hurt, what are Texas going to do at kicker?
Sean Adams (12:14 PM)
It will be all hands on deck but Nick Jordan will probably be first up to try.
Anthony Hall/ Ramstein AFB, Germany [via mobile]
I have been watching basketball, keeping up with trades, drafts, everything for awhile now, and I am completely flabbergasted that the Lakers were able to brew up a trade, losing Bynum and a future first round pick, to get THE best center in the league, Dwight Howard. Do they realize what they just did? This wasn't even a free agent kind of decision... At least when the big three got together for Miami, it was their choice to do it, not other teams building an obviously dominant team in the west... It was already a great position for the Lakers when they got Steve Nash to come there, and now Dwight Howard, thanks to the ill-managed Orlando Magic. I'm just wondering what another expert's take is on this, because I'm lost.
Sean Adams (12:20 PM)
Everyone got better in the deal save for the Magic. They are banking on picks. Denver, Philly and LA got much better. The Lakers now have a very salty starting five in Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.
Jerrell A (Killeen)
How good of a chance does Texas have of actually beating OU this year?
Sean Adams (12:25 PM)
They have a very good chance. I sound like a recorder but it will depend largely on the QB. Also the fat that OU has lost two starters in the last two weeks off of their offensive line will loom large with the impact of the Texas defensive line.
Arem (Dallas, TX)
You don't seem to have faith in David Ash's leadership abilities. Am I just reading that wrong?
Sean Adams (12:30 PM)
I'm not saying I don't believe in them. I'm saying that I have not seen this particular style work before. Obviously it has worked for him so far because he ended up at a school like Texas. When I talked to him about leadership he brought up that leadership was abstract. I don't agree with that. Leadership is about inspiring others, pulling a group of people together to accomplish more collectively that any of the individuals could accomplish by themselves. That is not the least bit abstract. He did tell me at the end of the conversation that guys will follow the guy that gets them in the end zone. It's just something to keep your eye on.
Cody (Madison, WI)
Do you think Mike Davis will bounce back from a down 2011 season. Or will Shipley take over as the #1 WR in 2012?
Sean Adams (12:35 PM)
That's a loaded question. Just because Jaxon might be the leading receiver doesn't mean that Mike Davis won't have a bounceback year. The short answer is yes! I think Mike Davis will have a good year and the WR group as a whole will be much better. The numbers that they put up will be a direct reflection of how well the QB spot plays. I tend to believe that the QB spot will be much better.
Brian (Austin, TX)
It has been awhile since we have seen some big break-out runs (40+ yds.) for TD's from Texas RB's. Do you see more of that happening this year? If so, who brings it to the house first?
Sean Adams (12:39 PM)
I do see more of that and I would say it's Brown or Gray.
Longhorns fan (Austin tx)
Who Do you see ending up commiting to Texas before its all said and done. Where do you see RSJ commiting to?
Sean Adams (12:43 PM)
That's a much better question for the recruiting guru's like Max Olson and William Wilkerson but regarding RSJ, Texas is still in the mix. These things hardly ever turn out for the school that lost the pledge to begin with but I am also the guy that will NEVER count Texas out of anything. If anybody can help a kid see the asset of playing at a school like Texas, it is Mack Brown.
Brian (Austin, TX)
Why is it that UT seems to be favoring Ash, even last season, when Case McCoy has obvious intangibles that set him apart in the play making category? They both have made their share of mistakes but it seems like McCoy moves the ball and Ash sputters.
Sean Adams (12:49 PM)
It is going to be very different in 2012. Both players will be much better. Plus it is important to note that McCoy actually had more reps in everything from scrimmages to practice than did Ash. They both had huge swings in performance. McCoy was more comfortable making plays off schedule which could account for the feeling that he moved the ball much better.
Arem (Dallas, TX)
Can the linebackers be better in 2012 that they were in 2011?
Sean Adams (12:52 PM)
Yes they can. As crazy as that sounds with losing Acho and Robinson, it can hapeen. It will not start off that way but could end up that way. Remember Hicks and Cobbs were part of a 4 man rotation last year before injuries hurt them. If Edmund can answer the call in the middle, he is actually a better fit and amore true MLB. By the end of the year playing behind that defensive line, they could be better.
Jared (Abilene, TX)
Now after media day and studying whatever you study, who are the top teams in the BCS conferences?
Sean Adams (12:56 PM)
SEC - LSU, ACC - Florida State, Pac 12 - USC, Big 10 - Ohio State, Big 12 - Texas/WVU/Oklahoma, Big East - Louisville
Jason (College Football USA)
Realistically, What 3 teams on the schedule this year are likely to beat Texas?
Sean Adams (12:58 PM)
Best shot to beat Texas - Oklahoma, West Virgina and Kansas State
Daniel Brown (Austin,Tx)
What are the chances of TEXAS going 13-0? Hook'em!
Sean Adams (1:01 PM)
I say very low with the instability and questions around the QB position. Ask me again in 2013.
Sean Adams (1:01 PM)
Thanks for all of the great questions, see you next week