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June 5, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Max Olson

Max Olson
  (3:01 PM)

Hey guys, welcome to this week's HornsNation Tuesday chat. Hope you all are having a good day. Keep sending in your questions and let's talk all things Texas, plus anything else your heart desires.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Do you think That The Texas Longhorns in College Football will be Good Enough to Play in the National Championship Game for 2012?

Max Olson
  (3:03 PM)

No. I think they'll be good enough to play for a championship in the 2013 season. Just too many question marks right now, but I think it can easily be a top 15-20 team.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

Alot of chemistry being built between the players from spring, now into summer and will only be stronger by fall..you think we could see some major improvements from last yr? possible BCS?

Max Olson
  (3:04 PM)

The chemistry is key, and it's funny: A lot of the incoming freshmen we talked to during our Freshman Q&A series already understood that. They realized the summer workouts and 7 on 7 drills would be vital to putting a united team on the field this fall. I think we'll see major improvements in a lot of areas, but we've got to see it from David Ash first and foremost.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

Erik Huhn reminds me of a more physical Blake Gidieon. How does he shape up compared to this yrs Safety recruit Adrian Colbert?

Max Olson
  (3:06 PM)

Huhn is an intriguing take, no doubt about it. At 6-foot-2 he's the kind of kid who could grow into a number of roles, including linebacker if that's where his body takes him. Colbert probably has better elite speed, but Huhn has some wheels too.

jake (montreal)

Hey Carter,With all the talent in the backfield this year, who will emerge as the key to the Horns rushing attack? Brown? Bergeron? D.J?........GRAY?

Max Olson
  (3:08 PM)

Carter and I might have different takes on this question. If you're asking about the KEY to the run game, I'll go with Bergeron. Texas needs a thumper to complement all its home-run threats. I think we know what to expect from Brown and Gray, but it's Bergeron whose impact will be critical to having a balanced offense.

jacob (Ohio )

Is Texas just getting the left over kids. Are these players that were hearing about such as. Kuhn others. Are they good players

Max Olson
  (3:11 PM)

Leftover kids? No way. Listen, this is how recruiting goes. Texas will recruit the guys who impress their coaches at their camps. They'd be stupid not to. If that kid doesn't have 4 stars by his name, so what? There's still, what, more than 8 months left in the process of recruiting 2013 kids? There's going to be lots of good players who jump on the radar now and later in the fall. Real evaluations matter way more than star ratings.

rasean (pensacola)

hey

Max Olson
  (3:12 PM)

Hey Rasean. Hope you're having a good day.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

OU and TCU in the Super Regionals, Texas not even invited to the dance. And the Sooner softball team is in the championship game, one victory away from a second WCWS title. Could it get much worse for the Texas baseball and softball programs?

Max Olson
  (3:14 PM)

I suppose it could get worse for Texas if its latest recruiting class gets raided by the MLB Draft. When you recruit as well as Texas does, that's always going to be a threat. I don't think the sky is officially falling for UT baseball, I just think this season was hit by a ton of setbacks and injuries.

Lincoln (Austin)

How impressive is Kevin Durant to watch in person?How do you stop a nosebleed at a sporting event?

Max Olson
  (3:16 PM)

Luckily, I avoided a nosebleed in my seats at last night's Spurs game. For the price, they were actually pretty good seats. As for your first question, Kevin Durant is exceptional. He was everything you see on TV and more. And that trey to end the third quarter was just cold.

moike (omaha)

how do you know anything about texas if you moved there once football season was over? TRAITOR lol

Max Olson
  (3:17 PM)

That is a fair point. Thanks for the question.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Who will be the next Longhorn to seriously contend for the Heisman Trophy, Jonathan Gray or Tyrone Swoopes?

Max Olson
  (3:20 PM)

Great question. I'll take Johnathan Gray. I think it's actually harder for a QB to win a Heisman than a RB, because the national scrutiny on a week to week basis is so ridiculous now. Throw two picks in one game and people will say your Heisman candidacy is over. Gray could definitely win one. Remember, Mark Ingram and LaMichael James both split carries with another back the year they made it to New York. It's not impossible for Gray even with all the great backs surrounding him at UT.

Jeffery (Belton, Texas)

Which longhorn comment has imperessed you the most in 7-7, this year??

Max Olson
  (3:21 PM)

Honestly, the only one I've seen in person this spring has been Durham Smythe. And he definitely impressed me. It's easy to take his size for granted when you see how smooth and fluid his route-running skills are. I can't wait to see what he looks like a year from now when he's in the program and both stronger and faster.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Is the scholarship offer to Walker an indication that UT has moved on from Justin Manning?

Max Olson
  (3:24 PM)

Texas hasn't offered Hardreck Walker a scholarship yet, but I do think UT has moved on from Justin Manning.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Will Cole Luke join Erik Huhn is Austin?

Max Olson
  (3:27 PM)

First off, I think Luke's offer is still good despite Huhn's commitment. I think there's a good chance Luke will be a Longhorn, especially if he makes it to campus again this summer. I will say this, though, about the people who worry about the DB class numbers: I don't necessarily think Huhn's pledge means one less spot for the guys they're targeting. Remember, A.J. White and Eryon Barnett transferred. We assume they'll take 4 guys but it could be more. The only guy who makes that call is Mack Brown.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Max, will I live to the see the day where the Huskers and Sooners play each other on a regular basis again? It's a travesty this rivalry was not mantained.

Max Olson
  (3:28 PM)

I agree with you, Tony. It was a shame to see it end. I covered those two final Nebraska-OU games - in Lincoln and in the Big 12 title game - and the atmosphere for them was really impressive. Let's hope they can work something out a decade from now.

Josh (VA)

Mad Max, suprise offer and acceptance on the safety Huhn? Going to see more like that from these mini camps coming up? Wonder why the kid is NR? His video shows a lot of upside I'd say and he's got vision, hands and lays the hat. Seems like there's a lot of DB's in the mix all of a sudden with interest and offers. So with that out there you think that will make the ones with current offers feel some pressure to commit soon?

Max Olson
  (3:31 PM)

Josh, first off, Erik Huhn's rating and eval will come out tomorrow along with a ton of new rankings (and the class rankings are out Thursday). I do think that this DB class is a little bit like musical chairs. I know when Antwuan Davis was the first to commit, that got some of the other guys' attention. In fact, it surprises me a little that Chevoski Collins hasn't sped up his process because of it. Until they fill up those spots, though, expect more offer to go out.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Which Texas quarterback is likely to be out of the league first, Colt McCoy or Vince Young? Both guys are on the verge of being pushed out the door.

Max Olson
  (3:34 PM)

I don't think they're out the door, but I also don't think they're going to combine for many starts this year. You're in a lot better shape than some NFL teams if one of those guys is your backup. And I think somewhere around 75 different QBs got at least one snap last season thanks to injuries. Their careers are by no means over.

rasean (pensacola)

do you see Texas beating Oklahoma this year

Max Olson
  (3:37 PM)

To me, the answer has a lot to do with how Texas fares in its two games before OU, against Oklahoma State and West Virginia. If Texas' D stifles WVU and really makes a big statement, that will help. But the real question is can Texas move the ball against OU. The run game has to be a well-oiled machine by October 13.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

Who will lead the team in sacks/interceptions/tackles? predictions.

Max Olson
  (3:38 PM)

Sacks: Jackson Jeffcoat. Interceptions: Carrington Byndom. Tackles: I'll take a chance here on Jordan Hicks.

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Better Big XII defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh or Tommie Harris?

Max Olson
  (3:42 PM)

I have to go Suh, but Harris was one of the most physically impressive defensive tackles of the last decade.

Rasean (pensacola)

Do you see Julius Randle being a longhorn

Max Olson
  (3:44 PM)

I feel for Texas' assistant basketball coaches. They've got their work cut out for them in going after these star 2013 basketball recruits. If they can land any combination of Randle, Frazier and the Harrison brothers, they'll put this program in tremendous shape.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will the RRR serve as an indicator of whether or not the Horns will have a special season or another mediocre one?

Max Olson
  (3:46 PM)

Can't put one season on one game. The teams that do that tend to fall apart and lose a lot of games after dropping the big one. Win that game and you're set up for a special season. Lose it and you can still win 9-10 games, it's not the end of the world.

Max Olson
  (3:47 PM)

I'll take a few more questions, keep 'em coming guys.

Rasean (Pensacola)

Are Quandre Diggs, Carrington Byndom, Malcom Brown, and Johnathan Gray all potential first round draft picks

Max Olson
  (3:53 PM)

Potential first rounders, yeah, probably so. Brown and Gray have the ability, but how Texas uses them and divides their workload during their careers will make the difference. So will when they leave for the draft. I could see Brown being a first-rounder in one year and Gray in the next, like with Ingram and Richardson from Alabama. But again, we're just talking about potential.

corey (nyc)

Who do you think is more deserving of the Americas team title Texas or mitre dame?

Max Olson
  (3:55 PM)

America's Team? Shoot, that's a tough one. I don't know how strongly Notre Dame can claim that title considering how mediocre this past decade has been. I don't really know that any one program can claim that right now considering there's a new winner from the SEC every year.

Max Olson
  (3:56 PM)

That's all I've got for today. Thanks a lot for the questions guys, as always I appreciate them. Have a great day.