Daily Dose: Coaches that Can't Wait for Fall

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In today’s edition I’ll rank the top five Texas coaches in order of who should be excited the most about what they have to work with this fall.

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5: Offensive line coach Joe Wickline

Wickline has had a bit of a rough time putting his 2016 offensive line class together, but he can breath a few sighs of relief with the mix of experience and young talent he’ll have to work with this fall.

He’ll have senior returners Taylor Doyle, Sedrick Flowers and Marcus Hutchins he can rely on, as well as a healthy Kent Perkins, who could be the most talented offensive lineman on the roster.

Wickline will also have two JUCO guys in Brandon Hodges, who needs to step his game up, as well as Tristan Nickelson, who is battling true freshman Connor Williams at RT.

Speaking of talented freshmen, Wickline has several coming in, including Patrick Vahe, one of the prized recruits of 2015 who will be ready to go for fall camp.

And let’s not forget about Jake Raulerson, who is reliable as any lineman Texas has, or the unknown of redshirt freshmen Alex Anderson and Elijah Rodriguez.


4: Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson

Watson’s likes a packed quarterback room full of capable and competitive QBs. Well that room is starting to fill up and that doesn’t even include greyshirt Matthew Merrick.

From everything we’ve been told and saw over spring workouts, Jerrod Heard has made drastic improvements in a little less than a year. This new offense fits his playing style exactly. Watson has to love the improvement he’s seen in 13.

He’s also been extremely pleased with how hard Tyrone Swoopes has worked to improve and how much he is fighting to keep Heard at arm’s length.

The battle to see who will start at Notre Dame is going to be fun to watch.


3: Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell

Norvell could be waking into much worse situations for his first year on the job at UT.

Not only does he have experience, and some hungry players, in seniors Daje Johnson and Marcus Johnson, he’s got a budding star in junior Jacorey Warrick, who won the spring with his play, some sophomore studs in Armanti Foreman, Lorenzo Joe and Dorian Leonard, but he also has one of the more talented and deep WR classes UT has signed in a long time.

John Burt, Gilbert Johnson, DeAndre McNeal and Ryan Newsome? Yeah, I think he’ll be OK with that.

I didn’t even mention speed demon Roderick Bernard, who is working himself back from injury, or Jake Oliver, who is trying to finally factor into the rotation after a storied high school career.

Replacing Jaxon Shipley and John Harris won’t be easy, but having these guys to work with will make the process a lot easier.


2: Defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn

Vaughn has three high school All-American’s coming in at CB in Kris Boyd, Holton Hill and Davante Davis, and ball-hawk, downhill hard-hitting safety in DeShon Elliott, and a guy in P.J. Locke that can really do it all.

You’ve also got a budding star in John Bonney, a guy in Jermaine Roberts who oozes confidence, and a senior corner with a ton of experience in Duke Thomas.

I’d say he’s looking forward to the fall.


1: Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary

Hello reinforcements!

You can probably find Jean-Mary screaming that from a mountain top right this second.

When he finished the spring he was really left working with one linebacker that had played substantial collegiate snaps (Peter Jinkens). Dalton Santos was injured and Tim Cole hadn’t played all that much at all.

But he also had the ability to go through spring with five-star LB Malik Jefferson, who is as good as advertised, as well as freak athlete and converted safety Ed Freeman. Those two gave him a lot to be happy about.

Add those two, including the gains that Cole made, with the talented freshmen that are among the freshest of faces on campus this week and Jean-Mary is one happy man.


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