The Texas Longhorns are just a few months removed from their first winning season since 2013 and first bowl victory since 2012, and that excitement has carried over into the spring. Factor in nine early enrollees from a loaded 2018 class that finished No. 3 nationally, and the new-look Longhorns are sure to spark some intrigue ahead of Tom Herman’s second season on the Forty Acres.
For the masses, that intrigue can be satisfied when Texas takes the field for the Orange-White Spring game later this month. Here’s everything the burnt orange nation needs to know to tune in and follow along during the second spring game of the Herman era.
Texas spring game game time, details
Date: Saturday, April 21
Location: Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas.
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Which TV channel is the Texas spring game on?
The Texas Orange-White spring game will be televised on Longhorn Network.
How can I watch the Texas spring game online?
The Texas Orange-White spring game can be streamed online at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to the Texas spring game on the radio?
The Texas spring game will be broadcasted on 104.9 FM The Horn.
Texas spring game storylines
Who’s the quarterback?
Injuries and inconsistencies plagued Texas’ quarterback room throughout the entire 2017 slate, forcing Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger to split starts with seven and six, respectively. Consequently, the Longhorns are still without a clear-cut starter at quarterback, and that unanswered question now adds a pair of fresh faces to the mix in the form of early enrollees Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson.
For Texas to take that next step in 2018, it will need some consistency, and of course, more productivity from the quarterback position. The Orange-White spring game will provide the first glimpse of just how close the Longhorns are to addressing that glaring issue.
How does the offense as a whole look?
For as intriguing as Texas’ quarterback conundrum may be, all eyes will be on the offense as a whole entering the 2018 season. In 2017, Texas ranked seventh in the Big 12 in both points per game (29.5) and yards per game (398.5). While quarterback play didn’t make matters much better, the offensive line was often abysmal behind its share of injuries, and thus, the running game was next to non-existent.
Texas isn’t expected to suddenly produce an offensive as potent as the ones Oklahoma and Oklahoma State featured last season, but the ‘Horns quite simply must show progress on that side of the ball.
Can Texas’ defense be just as dominant in 2018?
Under first-year defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Texas’ defense became a formidable one in short order. Save for the Longhorns season-opening loss to Maryland, in which the Terps poured on 51 points, Texas held every opponent below its season scoring average. The downside to that dominance is losing talent to the NFL, as Texas will move on with Malik Jefferson, DeShon Elliott, Holton Hill and Poona Ford all headed for the pros.
With the Longhorns replacing four NFL-caliber starters from last season, Orlando will have a bit more on his plate this season in hopes of constructing another formidable defense.