HD Roundtable: Spring Storylines

Question: First and foremost, is your NCAA Tournament Bracket in as bad a shape as the rest of America's? Secondly, with spring ball in the air, what storyline are you most closely intrigued by concerning the Longhorns (team or recruiting)?

Gabe Brooks

I immediately lost a Final Four team when UAB (Go C-USA!) knocked out Iowa State. I've gotten only eight of the Sweet 16, but my other three Final Four squads still remain: Kentucky, Arizona, and Louisville.

A lot of people seemed shocked that Michigan State beat Virginia. Reminder to those people: never bet against Tom Izzo on the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. I'm hoping my pick for that final in that region -- Michigan State vs. Louisville -- comes to pass because those are two programs I always enjoy to watch.

I have Kentucky over Louisville in the national championship. If that happens, the New Madrid Fault might put an end to the western half of the Ohio River Valley.

Pertaining to Texas recruiting and the spring season, it'll be interesting to see if some of the big-name guys already committed remain pledged to their schools or considering re-opening their recruitments. The first guys who come to mind on that front would be Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (Baylor), Allen offensive tackle Greg Little (Texas A&M), Port Arthur Memorial running back Kameron Martin (Baylor), Kingwood outside linebacker Sewo Olonilua (TCU), Argyle tight end J.C. Chalk (Clemson), and West Mesquite tight end Donte Coleman (Texas Tech).

Jason Higdon

I did not do a bracket this year.

The most interesting storyline I am looking forward to watching is the QB position. I think many people want to hand the job to Heard. Swoopes has been written off by a lot of people. I think the offensive philosophy changes are just what the doctor ordered. Without question, the quarterback position battle is the most intriguing storyline.

One storyline on the recruiting front that I want to see unfold is the secondary. Texas is looking for a total of three defensive backs in 2016. If things fall accordingly they might be able to push that number to four. Right now you have players such as Deontay Anderson, Christian Wallace, Eric Monroe and Brandon Jones all at the safety position. Texas might only be in a position to take one safety this season making things very interesting in the coming months.

Nick Castillo

Ugh. My bracket was ruined after the second game of the tournament. Thanks, a lot Iowa State. I had the Cyclones in the National Championship game.

While everybody is looking at the quarterback position, I’m more concerned with the offensive line. The quarterback position battle is the most important storyline of the Spring. But it won’t matter who is quarterback if he isn’t given enough time to throw the ball.

I’m interested to see how the offensive line shakes out. Who will start and where they will start is an interesting storyline.

In fact, it’s the storyline I’m following the most.

William Wilkerson

Oh my poor bracket. Let’s just say I’m seeking counseling and would rather not talk about it.

There are so many intriguing team storylines to focus in on it’s hard to name one. Obviously the QB battle is chief among them, along with who steps up at MLB and what kind of shape the offensive line will be in after the Orange-White Game.

But I’ll go with who is going to step up at WR after the losses of Jaxon Shipley and John Harris, who both beasted at the Longhorns’ Pro Day on Tuesday.

Will Marcus Johnson emerge as the go-to candidate the coaching staff thinks he can be? Or will he be subpar like last season and get lost in the shuffle?

Will Armanti Foreman take his place among the top three WRs or will he be surpassed by Dorian Leonard (my sleeper pick) and/or Lorenzo Joe?

Will Roderick Bernard be able to factor into the rotation or is he going to stick wholly with special teams?

What about Jacorey Warrick? He’s a name we don’t hear of too often. Can he make a name for himself this season?

There is some big-time freshmen talent coming in at the position this fall. Those on campus now better use this opportunity to their advantage.


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