Takeaways From Week One Of College Football In Texas

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Horned Frogs freshmen impress in opener

TCU blanked Jackson State Saturday behind the depth of an impressive freshman class. The walloping gave former Texas high school products and current Horned Frogs true freshmen some playing time to showcase their skill set. Former DeSoto champ and State Finals MVP Shawn Robinson had a 56-yard touchdown pass to TreVontae Hights on his second collegiate toss. Additionally, he had a 10-yard scoring throw to Dylan Thomas, finishing with 5-of-7 passing for 94 passing yards and extra 43 yards on the ground in his college debut.


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Waxahachie alumni Kenedy Snell grabbed a 13-yard touchdown reception, making him the first Horned Frog to score on his first collegiate touch since Deante’ Gray returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown versus Grambling State in 2012. The touchdown was followed by another catch by a Waxahachie grad, when Jalen Reagor nabbed a 32-yard hurl for a score.

On the defensive side of the ball, Katy’s Corey Bethley had two half-sacks in his collegiate debut.


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Not all is doom and gloom for Texas A&M

The passing game was pretty brutal for the Aggies, as were the barrage of tweets picking apart Kevin Sumlin after their historic collapse.


Right when College Station was talking smack about UT…

With Nick Starkel out, expect the Aggies to rely heavily on a running game that tore permanent cleat punctures into the Rose Bowl turf. A&M rushed for 376 yards, which was the most since their 381 vs. Arkansas on Oct. 1, 2011.

Sophomore Trayveon Williams lost his mind, scrambling for 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finishing the night with 203 yards. He becomes the fourth Aggie with multiple 200-yard games, including Darren Lewis (4), Bob Smith (2) and Cyrus Gray (2).


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Trouble in Austin

The Longhorns opener started as the beginning of a new chapter, with pages crammed with winning plot and a protagonist in coach Tom Herman. Instead, the plot twist in the Texas text was Herman being embarrassed in his inaugural Austin coaching debut, declaring “We’re our worst enemy” during the postgame press conference.

Longhorns fans weren’t having it and threw things on the field to express their displeasure.

The absence of lead rusher D’Onta Foreman was painfully apparent. Texas produced a 2,000-yard rusher last season, but couldn’t advance the ball down field against Maryland. Another sore spot was an inefficient defensive front (that failed to stop the run) and offensive front (that failed to do anything). Quarterback Shane Buechele was often on the run and injured himself, which could open the door for Westlake stud Sam Ehlinger seeing playing time on Saturday.

Texas looks like a redux of the Charlie Strong era, one with more injuries and less depth.


At least they got a new locker room out of the deal

Texas High School football grads clamor for Heisman glory

Numerous early Heisman candidates that derived from the Lone Star State soil made their case this weekend, with various results.

Lake Travis grad Baker Mayfield showed that he’s every part the candidate as advertised. Against a hapless UTEP foe, the Oklahoma stud set a school record for most completions to start a game (16) and finished 19-for-20 for 329 yards with three touchdowns — all in the first half of action.

Wichita Falls Rider’s J.T. Barrett posted respectable numbers in Ohio State’s debut, completing 20-of-35 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns, rushing an additional 61 yards for a score. Fellow Buckeyes teammate and La Grange grad J.K. Dobbins ran 29 times for 181 yards, ranking among the weekend’s leaders.

 

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