Sam Houston State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 56-3 win over Sam Houston State.

We came out of the chute gunning and crushed the Bearcat defense with a precision air attack. The OLine completely dominated the action and we threw the football down the field in addition to pounding their front with the zone and the counter. We had a great effort that saw such supleratives as Limas and Shipley made highlight reel td receptions and Sendlein and Ulatoski had pancake blocks in space after pulling and leading around the end. The list is too long to mention everyone in this paragraph that played well but the report card should describe the day each individual had in another excellent effort by our offense.

Offensive Report Card

Our defensive football team flew around to the ball very well against Sam Houston but in truth didn't turn up the heat with our pass rush, were blocked too often, and missed too many tackles for a springboard game coming up against the sooners. I did think we saw a glimpse of our future on one particular play in the second half. Kindle came on an edge stunt as Sam ran a stretch play away from him. The back mishandled the handoff and the ball dropped to the ground. Kindle drilled the back as he attempted to pick up the loose ball leaving only the QB to recover the ball. Norton read the play and hurdled a fallen lineman in a sprint to the ball. Although the QB was much closer to the ball, Norton's missle reaction beat him to the prize and we had a turnover from these two talented LB's.

Defensive Report Card

The Coaches Corner is available exclusively to InsideTexas.com subscribers. The forum is a place to ask questions of our resident coaches and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc. Basically, it is a teaching and learning forum to make us all more knowledgable football fans, both in general and specifically about the Longhorn football team. Venable spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools.

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