Do you like the fact that Texas is going to go back to more of a spread/up-tempo offense?
I love the fact that they are going to the spread. It is the offense and the structure that got Mack Brown his only championship -- conference or national. The state of Texas is big on the spread and produces some of the best talent in the country. Texas can get the best of the best. Yes I said it. They can run the spread offense and still run the ball.
Of the sparsely used freshmen and/or redshirt freshmen from the 2012 class are you excited about any players in particular and if so why?
For me it would be the offensive linemen but I also want to see what Shiro Davis will be able to do on the end. I also want to see what the young receivers will be able to do in a spread offense. They should be able to register catches, but they should be physical enough to block downfield to help big plays in the running game.
What is the possibly that Jordan Hicks moves back to SAM linebacker? And if any will Kendall Thompson or Peter Jinkens become that dominant Weakside linebacker that we are missing?
Jordan can move to any of the linebacker spots and I don't think anyone would be mad with Hicks, Thompson and Jinkens as the three. They just need the linebackers to be versatile so they can handle the offenses in the Big 12.
Swoopes already up to 250?? What do you think that means for his chances of playing QB, kids only a freshman.
He is such a big body. I'm sticking with Trent Dilfer and saying he can be a QB. He just needs time and reps. In today's age, there are a lot of big bodies at QB. Logan from VaTech, Cam Newton, etc.
With the recent performance during the season, will Mack's "new" recruiting philosophy be more beneficial or detrimental to the program?
Anything that Mack can commit to will work. I truly believe that. He will have to be careful, trying to flex on recruits when you are a fringe Top 25 team is a dangerous move. Winning heals all. If Texas wins 10 or 11 in 2013, his philosophy will work just fine.
Who is more likely to start at QB for Texas in 2015 -- Brewer, Swoops, Heard?
Overstreet would be a junior, and I'm going with him unless there is something there that I don't know. He is athletic and the ball jumps out of his hand. If he is willing to put in the work, this new migration of offense could be good. Of course, all of this is only in play if Mack Brown is still at Texas.
As good as this OL class is, we had a few good lineman last year who didn't play much and all starters returning. Who do you like ending up as the 5 who hit the field first come game 1?
Hawkins, Walters, Cochran, Harrison and Hopkins. Than would be my five right now, and the depth would be really good. There is a lot to be excited about with the offensive line.
Who do you see winning the Big 12 next year?
TCU would be ranked at the top right now and Texas right behind them.
Settle an argument for me, Who's recruiting class would you rather have, Texas or Oklahoma's?
It's really close. Oklahoma got what is regarded as the top QB and RB in the state of Texas and two really good juco OL guys, but I would still rather have the OL class from Texas and their overall class.
Does the defense return to at least average in Texas's standards this year after the embarassing underperformance last year?
I think the defense is better in 2013. Everybody learned and grew up. The linebacker spot should be better. They just need to stay healthy.
Do you think there's any chance Jerrod Heard decommits? I feel like we can't lose him at all.
Texas needs Heard, and the coaches had better work the recruiting trail to make sure he doesn't bolt. OK, or they can just win a lot.
I keep hearing that Bergeron is moving to fullback. If so do you think this move would upset him? Seems like it worked out pretty good for Cody Johnson.
It did work for Cody Johnson, but I think you could also see some big runs out of that position and even some pass catches a la the Mackavicka brothers at Nebraska IF and I mean IF he were to move to FB.
Any more updates on the Applewhite situation?
The Applewhite situation is not a situation. It has been handled through the University of Texas and all parties are moving on. As far as they are concerned, it's over.
Who takes over the "flex-TE" spot?
With Matthews and Grant graduating, that position is wide open. Juco TE Geoff Swaim could be the early favorite to fill the void.
Is the SEC as good as advertised? How will the Pac-12 fare this year?
Yes, Yes and Yes. The SEC is that good. The Pac-12 will be interesting because I'm waiting for Coach Sark to really make a move at Washington, and the see if UCLA can keep the momentum from last year. USC could be off, and the coaching change at Oregon could go either way.
With the uptempo offense coming in what do you see David Ash's stats being?
Ash's stats will probably run up around 2,750 yards and 27 TDs and 10 INTs. BTW, if he hits those numbers, Texas will win 10 or 11 games in 2013.
Where do you see this program headed? Are we going to be the second choice to recruits in the state of Texas? (A
Don't get so far over your skis. I still think this is Texas coming back to the place it should have been, as opposed to down the ranks. Texas is not going anywhere.
2013: BCS or bust?
I'm OK with BCS or bust question. Texas should be right there with TCU for the Big 12 to start the season, and two teams could reach the BCS. Mack Brown needs the BCS.
Thanks for all the great questions. Spring football is right around the corner. See you next week!