Will Wilkerson of HornsDigest Breaks Down Texas QB Jerrod Heard, Tank Jackson and Charlie Strong on the Hot Seat

HornsDigest publisher Will Wilkerson joins the Bear Republic Podcast to break down the Cal-Texas match-up, from defensive adjustments to a new play caller with the Longhorns.

  • Will Wilkerson of HornsDigest.com addresses Charlie Strong's comments about Texas’s defensive front.
  • Hassan RidgewayDesmond "Tank" Jackson expected to be the strength of the team, but they’re not playing like it.
  • Strong has toyed with adding a fourth down lineman to certain situational formations to help generate more of a pass rush, but that would mean losing a man in the defensive backfield.
  • Texas is moving full-speed ahead with Jerrod Heard at quarterback and Jay Norvell as the play-caller.
  • The Longhorns’ offense has changed “pretty drastically” with Norvell and Heard at the helm.
  • Two freshmen start for Texas up front in Connor Williams at left tackle and Patrick Vahe at right guard, so Johnathan Gray has had a tough time running the ball.
  • Why have the Longhorns struggled to run the ball?
  • What does Heard bring to the table, and how will Texas use him?
  • Freshman receiver John Burt should be a major target for Heard.
  • Texas will try to establish the run game with Gray, D'Onta Foreman and freshman Chris Warren.
  • Is Strong on the hot seat, with the firing of Texas’s athletic director?
  • Will also addresses Texas’s struggles with third-down defense, which are more dire than we’d even suspected.
  • Will isn’t sold on Longhorns safeties Jason Hall and Dylan Haines, and that could mean big yards for Cal’s passing game and Jared Goff.
  • Desmond “Tank” Jackson – is he truly all the way healthy?
  • Naashon Hughes and Shiro Davis will be key for the Longhorns at defensive end, but surprisingly, they haven’t done much this year.
  • Finally, we get to the predictions. Will this be a shootout, or will it be a defensive struggle? Find out at the end of the podcast. You’ll be surprised.


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