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.
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Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:04 PM)
Let's get started.
Cayce Powell (Franklin, Tennessee)
Is there a big contingency from Horns Nation traveling to experience the "best tailgate in the nation?" I'm bringing 3 high school sophomore boys from Nashville, Tennesse, who will be wearing burnt orange. We are all looking forward to The Grove.
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:07 PM)
Yes there will be a huge group of Texas fans there. The Texas fans travel, are affluent and don't mind spending their money to have a good time. Three high school boys should be in hog-heaven at this game. There won't be the hate that usually exist between the conference schools.
Bowman (Oxford, MS)
How do you think the Rebels match up to the Longhorns this week, particularly the Ole Miss defensive secondary vs. the Texas receiving corps?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:10 PM)
A defensive backfield is only as good as the defensive front. If they cannot figure how to get pressure on David Ash he will exploit the smallish corner from Ole Miss. Everything will come down to what happens up front.
out of OU WVU OSU who the two texas more likely to beat or can they win them all?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:14 PM)
Texas can win them all. I like Texas at home and will add the Oklahoma State game for your two. Here's the issue -- depending on the continued growth of the offense, they could win all three or lose all three. That's why I think this game against Ole Miss is so important.
Sally (San Antonio )
Who has impressed you most at DT? Personally, I?m a little disappointed with Brandon Moore.
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:17 PM)
Probably Desmond Jackson and Chris Whaley so far. Don't seel the farm on Brandon Moore just yet. He should get better and better over the course of the year. The complete DT position needs to up their play if this defense is going to be deemed great. I want to see what Malcom Brown can do with serious playing time.
Jose Cuervo (California )
Why has Jonathon Gray failed to merit more touches?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:19 PM)
He has two studs in front of him. In order to get him more carries, this offense has to hum. They are trying to settle down the quarterback and build an identity for the offense. Making sure Gray gets his touches cannot be high on their priority list. They have bigger fish to fry.
What do you make of some fans' grumblings about the defence? Is the sky falling?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:22 PM)
No the sky is not falling. This defense will get better and better every game. They will always try to stop the run first and that is a good gola to have. On passing downs, they key will be to get pressure with their front four. I thought they would have a better push up the middle right now and if they can pull that together, watch out!
Sally (San Antonio )
Demarco Cobbs and Steve Edmond received a lot of praise in fall camp. Do you think they have lived up to the hype?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:25 PM)
I don't know if they have lived up to the hype but they have both played well. Again, and I sound like a broken record, linebackers all over the country look really good when the big guys in front of them are eating up blockers. I like both of them and Cobbs is proving me right saying that he might be one of the best pound for pound athletes on the roster.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
What will you be looking to see from the Horns in there first road game of the season?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:28 PM)
I'm looking for them to play strong from the start and to not panic when things don't go their way. The crowd will be into the game from the very start and the Texas fans are expecting to see an offense that will go out and be physical at the point of attack.
Jose Cuervo (California )
Are all the short passes an indication that David Ash can?t really throw the ball?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:32 PM)
No I think we have all seen that he can throw the ball. Coach Harsin has said over and over that Ash is doing exactly what he has told him to do. It's not about what David Ash can do with the ball in his hands. It is about what Bryan Harsin has coached him up to do. He checks down when he is supposed to check down.
Is Carrington Byndom overrated, he seems to get beat quit often. Not sure if that is accurate or not, he just is very hot and cold.
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:34 PM)
He has played hot and cold over the course of the season's first two games. From my film I have seen the corners get beat a couple of times when Smith (Wyoming) was able to extend the play and find throwing spaces. Don't forget, a defense is all about teamwork and playing as a unit. No CB can hang with a Div I WR for 3 or 4 seconds. That's asking too much. Byndom will earn his stripes in the big games starting with Oklahoma State in two weeks.
How much do you think Harsin and UT have been holding back? Or is the offense that showed up the first too weeks -- good but not great, no deep threat -- what Texas has to go to war with against the Rebels and in conference play?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:38 PM)
I always hate the term 'holding stuff back'. An offense is what an offense is. Usually things that are held back are nuances and small things like trick plays. Texas already ran the statue of liberty against Wyoming. I think Texas came into the season knowing they have a few games to get this offense to play together and to get David Ash comfortable in live competition. They have players that can get deep and running play action is not rocket science. You will see it. Everyone is just wondering if it will all come together if they have been "saving" it.
How long until Dalton Santos is a starting LB?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:39 PM)
This is a question that has come up a lot. He is surely a hitter and has no problem being physical. It is a different animal, however' running down on special teams and playing MLB. He's get his time at some point and I'm really excited about his possibilities.
In the last 10 years which recruit was the biggest letdown on the field performance wise?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:44 PM)
This may surprise you but Myron Hardy from the 2004 class was a kid that I expected to be great. He was so big and athletic and I had seen him play a lot in high school because he was from the Austin area. I thought he had All Conference honors type of talent and ability.
which player has exceeded expectations the most so far?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:45 PM)
Kenny Vaccaro. I knew that he was good but he is playing at an All American level. That's an easy answer but still the best answer.
What is your prediction on the final score of the game? Who is your MVP of the game?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:46 PM)
I think Mississippi scores a late TD to make it closer that the game really was. My call is for Texas to win 27 -17. The MVP of the game will be the DE's Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. They are going to cause Bo Wallace grief.
Homer (Detroit, Michigan)
One more question. I also believe that we will enter the Red River Rivalry undefeated. West Virgina has a nice offense but Texas always does well against the spread we see it a lot in the Big 12, I just don't see them beating us. They defense gave up 34 to Marshall. What you think?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:50 PM)
WVU is in austin and I agree with you that Texas does well against the spread. WVU probably has better overall talent than anyone Texas has played in the Big 12 using that type of spread. Still I think Texas wins. I do think they win on the road against Oklahoma State. Then Oklahoma will tell a huge story about Texas in how good they are or can become.
ron king (oklahoma)
who will be better down the line daje johnson or jonathan gray...........it makes me uneasy that gray had more carries than malcolm brown against new mexico
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:53 PM)
The order of the carries can't matter that much. Getting carries late in a 45 - 0 beatdown does not tell us much. I don't want to be insulting to either Gray or Johnson because I think they will (can) do great things at Texas. They play two different positions so that makes it hard as well. With that said, I'll say Gray has a more impactful career according to the numbers but that is my hunch based on nothing.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
How would you rate the performance of the highly touted defensive ends so far this season?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:55 PM)
I really like both of them and would put both of them at about an 8 out of 10. I still think that getting pressure and forcing QB's to throw and make decisions outside of their timing windows is more important and more realistic that just tallying sacks.
Luke C (Newark, DE)
Do you think either of the QB recruits has a chance to start as a freshman next year, or do you predict Ash will do enough to lock his spot up?
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:56 PM)
I don't think Overstreet or Brewer will have enough in 2013 to take the job from Ash but of course I only see practice that shows up on the LHN. If Ash has a productive and growing year I have no reason to think that he won't be the QB in 2013. We all have to see what the definition of productive is.
Sean Adams, HornsNation (12:57 PM)
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Same time next week.