Welcome to Yahoo Sports’ 2019 preseason Top 25. We’ll be featuring a new team in our Top 25 every day until Miami and Florida start the 2019 season on Aug. 24. In each preview we’ll have an NFL draft prospect analysis by Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm and additional insight from Rivals writers who know the teams the best.
Herman’s first season was up-and-down, but ended with a bowl win to get UT back above .500 (7-6) for the first time since 2013. From there, the hype escalated but came to a screeching halt with a Week 1 loss to Maryland to open 2018. But that turned out to be a bump in the road in a resurgent season. Six straight wins followed, including an upset over rival Oklahoma. Eventually the rivals would meet again in the Big 12 title game. That time, however, the Sooners prevailed to win their fourth straight conference crown and advance to another College Football Playoff.
威尔德州停止在2019年连胜？ There’s certainly plenty of optimism, especially after an impressive victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
“结果是有点漫无的第一年，”赫尔曼在12大媒体日说。 “So for this past season to have those tangible results and, you know, to beat your rival in the Cotton Bowl and to be able to have the Golden Hat in Austin for a year and win a New Year’s Six bowl game and all the victories in between definitely makes the ability for a young man to buy in much easier.”
赫尔曼经常发挥了作为主教练的失败者的角色。 But nobody’s buying that anymore, especially after quarterback萨姆·埃林格宣布，为“Longhorn国家，我们又回来了！”的全国观众面前糖罐后。 We’ll have to see if Ehlinger’s proclamation rings true in 2019.
这是可怕的认为有足够的空间用于埃兰热来提高。 Ehlinger’s escapability is one of his greatest strengths, but it got him in trouble as a freshman. He limited the turnovers last year, but you have to wonder if the coaching staff will try to limit the number of hits Ehlinger takes, especially with an abundance of talent around him.
进攻线返回两名首发：全会议中心扎克·沙克福德和铲球塞缪尔·科斯米，后者在红衫军一年级时就在右侧首发，2019年将转到左侧铲球。德克萨斯州还加入了帕克·布劳恩（Parker Braun），他是佐治亚理工学院（Georgia Tech）的一名ACC演员，毕业后加入了该项目。
在回填加入埃兰热会跑回来Keaontay英格拉姆（708码），与真正的大一乔丹惠廷顿面色引为早期入学后，给大的印象，在春天的做法后，显著作用大二。 Ingram suffered a bone bruise in his knee during a recent scrimmage but is expected to be ready for the team’s first game of the season.
球队失去了领先的接收器Lil’Jordan汉弗莱在NFL，但有科林·约翰逊（68个渔获985码，7次达阵）和倍德文迪韦奈（41-546-4）回来。 Tight end Andrew Beck had a big role last year, but Herman has spoken positively about Cade Brewer stepping into that spot.
我们将与防御的力量，这无疑是二次启动。 Caden Sterns and Brandon Jones are big-time talents at safety. Jones, a senior, is the team’s leading returning tackler while Sterns won Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2018. While the safety duo is among the strongest in the country, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will rely mainly on sophomores Anthony Cook and Jalen Green at outside cornerback and B.J. Foster at nickel. Josh Thompson, a junior, should also have a role at nickel.
在锋线上，德州期待丰收的一年，从马尔科姆·罗奇，高级与防守线11名首发。 He’s the most experienced of that group, though Ta’Quon Graham has been in the rotation the past two seasons. Like Roach on the line, senior Jeffrey McCulloch needs to step up at linebacker as the other expected contributors are largely unproven.
“我们需要在防守上的改进。 We have recruited very well on that side of the ball. We have developed in the weight room very well. We’re going to be young. There is no secret to that. But young and talented is better than young and not talented,” Herman said at Big 12 Media Days.
长角牛在2周对LSU高调非会议的游戏，一个游戏，会显示与SEC重量级如果UT能战斗。 But we all know what the biggest game on the schedule is. Oklahoma is Texas’ biggest rival. And when your biggest rival has dominated the Big 12, the Red River Rivalry becomes elevated to an even more significant level.
斯特恩是12大在2018年五星的Cibolo从得克萨斯州招年度最佳防守大一，船尾右侧踩进入首发阵容作为一个真正的新生，并提出了很大的影响。 He totaled 62 tackles with three tackles for loss, one sack and four pass breakups. He also led the team with four interceptions. Sterns sat out spring ball after having knee surgery and sprained an ankle during preseason camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.
从安瓦尔·理查森OrangeBloods.com：总有一些之前的德州足球赛季寄予厚望。 After splitting games with Oklahoma, beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, and finishing with 10 wins for the first time since 2009, this is the first time those preseason expectations are realistic.
当汤姆·赫尔曼被雇佣，他说长角牛的目标是对冠军的竞争。 That meant Big 12 and beyond. This is one of those years where there is no doubt Texas will be in Big 12 title contention, and when a team returns萨姆·埃林格，这不是一个大胆的预测。
德州面临的防守更换8个起动的艰巨任务。 The Longhorns have a ton of talent. Most of the younger players are arguably more talented than their predecessors. They do have playing experience. Time will tell how they hold up as starters in contrast to having limited playing time off the bench.
保持对惠廷顿，一大一的眼睛。 He was the offensive and defensive MVP during a state championship win as a senior, and he set a Texas high school championship game record with 334 yards rushing on 28 carries during that game.
从雅虎体育NFL选秀分析师埃里克埃德霍尔姆：身高6尺6寸，221磅的高级回到了学校，其中有些惊讶的围观者谁觉得约翰逊可能会出来之后的985码，七TD赛季在2018年他68个渔获四十七去了倒数第一起伏 year, and he averaged a healthy 14.5 yards per reception.
这种规模和组织能力使他成为一个迷人的前景，尽管约翰逊有他的批评者也。 He can be a clunky, stiff route runner at times and will need to improve his burst off the line of scrimmage. Gearing up and down was an area I thought Johnson needed improvement on based on his tape up to this point, so it will be fascinating to see if he’s made strides this offseason.
如果你能找到在大学幻想固紧结束，这是你的阵容是一个福音。 Andrew Beck didn’t put up huge numbers last year, but he was a first-team All-Big 12 player that had a big role for the Longhorns. Cade Brewer steps into that spot in 2019. He has plenty of experience. He started while Beck was injured as a freshman in 2017 and moved into the No. 2 role last fall. Brewer was a high school receiver, so he has natural pass-catching abilities. Perhaps that will translate into some fantasy points.
路易斯安那州立大学和俄克拉何马州的日程的最艰难的比赛，但大12比它得到的信贷进行更深层次的联赛。 Trips to TCU, Iowa State and Baylor won’t be easy, which makes 9.5 a tough number. I’m high on the Longhorns, but I’d probably lean more to 9-3 than 10-2. I like where the program is headed, but some of the losses on defense may just be too much to overcome in 2019.