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 email@example.com.
Send your questions now and join Adams Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Kyle (Ft. Worth)
With Mack Brown plying younger players more, which freshman if any will be receiving a redshirt?
Sean Adams (12:21 PM)
The general rule in this climate of college football is to redshirt QB's and OL if you can. If you redshirt really talented freshmen they will end up leaving after their sophomore years and you only got to have them play for two seasons. Think J. Finley (Packers) and E. Thomas (Seahawks). I just hope for his sake that Brewer gets to redshirt.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Best Texas Longhorns College Football Team ever in their History?
Sean Adams (12:26 PM)
2005 and it's not even close. I had a guy call my show (The Adams Theory, www.espnaustin.com) and argue with me that the 69 team was better. I'll go on the record here and say that you can't compare time periods. 2005 was bigger, stronger and faster. They would beat the 69 team by 100 points.
Jeff (Fort Hood)
Is Harsin or Mack going to really give some of these FR WR's a shot? Other than Shipley the starters disappear and putting the FR in for one series isnt going to tell us anything. They need real game time.
Sean Adams (12:33 PM)
Don't sleep on Mike Davis. He is a baller and played really well this spring. There was a number of reasons why he had a slump last year. As for the freshmen all of them will get a chance to play. They will have to earn they way onto the field.
Chris J (Houston)
Hey Sean, I am jacked about this upcoming season but that could be because I'm wearing burnt orange sun glasses. I think our offense has the ability to be exciting with year 2 off Harsin's imagination and the potential of play makers he has. I think the offense needs to have the potential from time to time ( 2 per game ) to have an explosive play in the passing game ( 20 yards or more ), but i do think with the young players the offensive will lack consistency. What do you think about the potential and upside of the offense with Harsin's genius in year 2?
Sean Adams (12:38 PM)
I think the offense will be much better in 2012. Did you you read that right. Not a little better but much better. Most folks don't understand how much growth can take place in year 2 and how much a better offensive line and a good/great running game will mean to the maturation of the QB position. I'll be shocked if they are not much better. Will the QB position put up 3500 passing yards? No but the offense will be good and will be productive. With the defense Texas will have, that is all they need.
I've heard that bergeron had the better spring but i keep reading every where that brown will be the starting back. who do you think starts sept first and how are the carries divvid out?
Sean Adams (12:43 PM)
This is going to sound terribly cliche but it doesn't matter who starts. They will all have roles. Everyone is going to think Brown should start because he was the big time recruit. Mack Brown and staff would be crazy to make a decision based on that. I would expect for JG to be infused into the offense slowly though. The three-headed monster that Texas could put on the field is impressive though.
Stephen (Seattle, WA)
what do you think is the hardest transition process of going from high school football to college d1 football?
Sean Adams (12:45 PM)
QB and it's not even close. It is the hardest position to play in all of sports and the hardest thing to transition from HS to college.
Corey (Abilene, TX)
Is the Big 12 better right now than it was before Colorado and Nebraska left? How about after Texas A & M and Missouri leave compared to now?
Sean Adams (12:53 PM)
Neither Colorado or Nebraska were very good when they left and I don't know that Missouri and Texas A & M are really good now. TCU and West Virginia are good and while it is hard for 10 to equal 12, the conference will have the same number of Top 25 teams at the end of the year so I'll go with better.
Stanley (Boulder, CO)
I know you are a fan of the Pac 12 and you cover the Big 12. Don't you think the Pac 12 is going to catch the Big 12 for # 2?
Sean Adams (12:54 PM)
Sean Adams (12:58 PM)
The Pac 12 needs Oregon, Cal and Stanford to not take dips in the rankings. They also need to raise the floor. Washington State and Oregon State need to play better. It would also help if the Arizona teams would get better and play to their potential. If UCLA will take sports serious and they are acting like they are now, that would be good as well.
Stanley (Boulder, CO)
I forgot to add in the Big 10 to the aquation? Where do you think they fit in 2012.
Sean Adams (1:04 PM)
The Big Ten is the conference that can make a move. With Hoke and Meyer doing big time things in recruiting and Dantonio doing it good at Michigan State, expect the Big Ten to put together some good seasons going forward. I still think Ohio State will run the conference and win the lion's share of the chmapionships.
Derek (Columbia, SC)
Do you see Mack Brown and Co. eventually changing their scholly offering tactics (Junior Days and beyond) now that the SEC is encroaching and the majority of the universities are offering players when they are sophmores?
Sean Adams (1:13 PM)
Most of the schools are just carpetbombing Texas targets. As long as Texas does a great job of identifying targets, they will not have to make wholesale changes to their recruiting strategies. The other schools hitting the state will hurt other schools (Texas Tech, ATM, Oklahoma State, etc).
Albert (Austin, TX)
Do you think Harsin will draw up some kind of play that utilizes all three backs? Can the wishbone still be used in the spread offense Big 12? What freshman defensive players do you think will make it on to the field?
Sean Adams (1:15 PM)
I don't think it can be the base but i would imagine that Harsin will put something together to utilize all of them.
Do you think the baseball team,softball,and basketball will be better? Are they recruiting any big time players in 2013? Also do you think the Mak will be able to land any of the top OOS kids? Like the DE from GA,the DB's from GA,FL,AZ or the DT from HI?
Sean Adams (1:17 PM)
Not huge on the OOS kids and OOS recruiting takes a while to develop inroads. As for which team will be better, baseball and softball can make the biggest changes in the quickest amount of time.
Sean Adams (1:20 PM)
Thanks for all of the great questions. I'm ready to start picking up my magazines and get started for the season.