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  1. I meant in the Spring game. Because he looked like ass in it
  2. Welcome Back Loyal Readers Today Ape Media will be breaking down each Transfer class for the 16 FCS Programs and ranking them. With their rosters complete after transfers Ape Media will also be creating a Pre-season power ranking of the FCS that will be sure to increase the levels in the division. Transfer Class Rankings (Reverse Order) #16 Eastern Washington University I'm sure Eagles fans were excited to get a new coach, especially one who had great success at the FBS level. However, I'm sure some of them are scratching their heads right now. You'll notice that I didn't list any players. That's because they Eagles did not bring in any players during this process. At this level getting 0 players really sets your roster back against the competition as these transfers can play right away. Missing an opportunity to get up to 3 more players is a big miss here for the Eagles who are adjusting to life without Sammy Connor. #15 Harvard TE Enele Efi 6-5 213 So Pelham (Pelham GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] DE Eddie Dawson 6-0 265 Sr Stephenson (Stone Mountain GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] WR Giovanni Collins 6-1 221 Sr Bement (Bement IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] Lucas Beckwith is gone. Their coach left for FBS. This is not the same Harvard as last year. They are in the wilderness. The Portal gifted them 3 minimum transfers. The problem is the portal wasn't very kind in who it gave. Although Efi has 3 years of eligibility (usually a big plus at this level) he isnt the best TE on this roster. Dawson will be one of the top DEs for the team but Collins will barely register, he may play slot, he might be the 4th WR. Either way disappointing for this team that made such a good run last season. #14 Portland State University CB Amari Maddox 5-11 182 Sr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] ILB Benjamin Rinehart 6-3 236 Sr Page County (Shenandoah VA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] TE Alex East 6-2 223 Sr Pioneer (Whittier CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Portland State is coachless. They've always been coachless (someone fact check me here) and they are one of the bottom 4 teams in FCS consistently. They got gifted 3 transfers this year from the portal. All of them are one year players. All of them are 3.0s. This is what we call the bare minimum. These guys will play but we all know 3.0s are what you hope are your last resorts. Alex East will be the best TE on this roster. Rinehart will be the second best ILB more than likely and Maddox looks like he will be the Nickel for this team. They could have been gifted worse than that. #13 University of Northern Iowa OT Shamar Pryor 6-4 330 (Jr) Rock Hill (Rock Hill SC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] FS Janoris Keys 6-1 223 (So) North Central (Kershaw SC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] ILB Alan Hughes 6-0 230 (Jr) Westside (Macon GA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Will] The Panthers are also coachless (noticing a trend here?) and were gifted transfers (Praise Portal). They like Harvard and PSU got 3 3.0s. However the Panthers got 3 guys with multiple years of eligibility. Pryor will help the most as this team has a god awful line. He should start for two years. Hughes also has 2 years this season he's kinda the 3rd guy at ILB but I'm sure will be flexed into packages and will probably start in 2025. Keys has 3 years of FCS eligibility. He will be the highest skilled FS on roster. The Panthers do have a 3.5 also so look for a competition but Keys should see the field at least. #12 North Dakota State WR Lorenzo Stiles 6-2 220 (Sr) West End (Walnut Grove AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target] NDSU, one of the top teams in this division, only got 1 transfer, who only has 1 year of playing time left. Stiles is equal to their top 2 current WRs so he will give the Bizon an opportunity to shuffle them around. This transfer class however feels like a big wiff for a team pushing for a National Championship you'd hope to get more pieces to help out. Instead they got someone who might be their 3rd best WR and nothing else. #11 Youngstown State University TE Austin Wolfe 6-0 234 Sr Winter Springs (Winter Springs FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blocking] OLB Alexander Crosby 6-0 226 Sr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] P Sebastian Painter 5-9 195 Sr Lake Gibson (Lakeland FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Power] AI Coached YSU pulled in 3 transfers from the portal. All of them are 1 year guys for this Penguins team that surprised last year. Seb Painter will be the starting Punter for them (a big key at this level of play). Crosby should also be one of the starting OLBs and Wolfe will be the best TE on roster. 3 transfers, 3 starters. Not bad for the Penguins. Just looking for higher than 3.0 to reach that next tier though #10 Montana WR Jonah Rubin 6-2 210 Jr Lockport Township (Lockport IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] FS Shaun Ridley 6-2 190 Sr Denis on (Denison TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] TE Vaughn Hare 6-5 209 Jr Azle (Azle TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Receiving] The poor lowly Griz, lost without a coach also received 3 Transfers (Praise portal). Johan Rubin will be far and away the best WR the Griz have and has 2 years of playing ahead of him. Big win there for this coachless team. Hare also has 2 years and he's the highest skilled TE right now for them look for these two to be the top 2 pass catchers for the Griz. And to top it off the Griz got Shaun Ridley who will be their best defensive player on the roster. For being gifted the Portal did Montana a solid at least. #9 Yale OLB Willy Mayer 6-0 220 Jr Kaufer (Riviera TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] SS Jonas Newberry 6-1 198 (Sr) Somersworth (Somersworth NH) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] WR Shaq Maddox 6-2 220 (So) Houston Lutheran North (Houston TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Target] We're in the hot take zone area of these rankings. New coach Dream was able to pull in the max amount of transfer and even got a pro guy. He got multiple year players in Mayer at OLB and Maddox at WR. All of this is good... in theory. Until you look at who the projected starting QB is for this squad. QB Logan Hayes 6-1 212 Jr Bridgeport Central (Bridgeport, CT) 2.5 of 2.5 [Hybrid]. Are you kidding us right now Coach? Yale needed a QB to be competitive and didn't get one. Newberry is the only reason this class isn't lower as he is replacing a 2.0/2.0 #8 James Madison ILB Brandon Boyd-Richmond 6-1 243 (Sr) Big Creek (War WV) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike] QB Rodrigo Casas 6-1 198 (Sr) Clay (South Bend IN) 4.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling] JMU fans can call me a hater. I'm known for not being a fan of the QB that they ended up with in this process. I just don't think Casas is good. If I'm wrong this class could be a slot or two better than now but I've said it before, I don't like Casas. Maybe joedchi played him out of scheme (that's what JMU is hoping) but I just don't see it. He should be an upgrade though on what they have now. And Boyd-Richmond was a consolation prize for losing a tie breaker. He will be the highest skilled MIKE they have on roster right now. Overall this class isn't objectively awful. I'm just a Casas doubter until proven otherwise which drops this class for me. #7 UC-Davis FS Justin Grayson 5-10 194 Sr Emma Sansom (Gadsden AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] OG Calvin Head 6-6 268 (Sr) Georgiana (Georgiana AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Otto Mabry 6-1 301 Sr Afton (Afton OK) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] UC-Davis lost Felix Luck to the NFL. They are apparently comfortable with their 2.5/4 (So) QB which is all logical. I just think the doubling down on OG was a little questionable when they needed a WR2 to take pressure off of WR Dareion Stallworth 6-5 178 So Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, CA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Target] and help their new starting QB. Both OGs will start which is good and maybe that will be as big of an impact however I think adding a 3.5 or even 3.0 WR over one of the 3.0s they grabbed would have made sense , even if these guys were all upgrades. Not saying this can't work out but I would have liked it better if one of the OGs was a WR. #6 South Dakota State C Jonah Meredith 6-3 274 (Jr) Woodbury Central (Moville, IA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]  QB Caleb Olmsted 6-5 231 (Sr) Irving (Irving TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] Good-bye Best. Hello Olmsted. Olmsted isn't as dynamic as Best was but he's a proven entity. He runs well in the Red Zone and at this level should be able to up his passing game at least over what he produced in the Big XII. Meredith will step in and snap him the ball and allow SDSU to give C Andy Valdivia 6-4 265 Fr Wauzeka-Steuben (Wauzeka WI) 1.5 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] a year to learn. One must ask though, is this really a full class if Llamas didnt get a TE? #5 New Hampshire DT Jeremiah Greer 6-1 299 (Sr) St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [1- Gap ] OT Abe Porter 6-3 269 (Sr) D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Coach Sam missed out on local product Jonas Newberry which could have elevated this class to one of the top 2. However he got Abe Porter, who is being nicknamed The Railsplitter. This was a big get for New Hampshire as they have QB Elias Goff 6-3 203 Jr Heartland Community College (Normal IL) 3.0 of 4.0 [Pocket] now and need to keep him upright to get the ball out. Greer will step in and instantly elevate the DL and provide a big run stuffing presence. This class really could have elevated with a 3rd transfer but for only getting 2 guys I like what they did. #4 North Dakota OT Derek Stoddard 6-4 312 (Sr) Castlewood (Castlewood VA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] WR Aaden Bowden 6-0 219 Sr Henrietta (Henrietta TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Target] WR Marquise Burks 6-3 176 Sr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Speed] As a wise television character once said, "Never half-ass two things, whole ass one thing." Well North Dakota is taking that philosophy and running with it. New Coach Taffy is going all out this year to help QB Shawn Crawley 6-6 219 (Sr) Hamlin (Hayti SD) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] in his final year. To do this he went out and got W E A P O N S. Bowden and Burks (sounds like a law firm) are the best WRs on the team now. They give Crawley at least someone average to throw the ball to this season. To keep him standing upright long enough to get the ball to one of the law firm partners Coach Taffy went and grabbed what instantly becomes his best OL player in Stoddard. North Dakota is whole assing Offense this year and I like it. #3 Florida A&M CB Abdoulaye Felton 6-0 201 Sr Apalachicola (Apalachicola FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] OLB Aiden Cheatham 6-2 238 (Sr) Afton (Afton OK) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] QB Murray Wilson 6-3 232 (Sr) Morrison Community (Morrison IL) 3.5 of 4.5 [Hybrid] FAMU finally got a stable coach and they pulled in a very solid transfer class that should help to take them out of the dregs of FCS at least for a season. FAMU has 2 pro potential WRs but before they got Wilson had QB Donte Bolden 6-4 189 (Fr) St. Benedict at Auburndale (TN) 2.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] slated to be throwing them the ball. Wilson is the biggest FCS ---> FCS transfer yet and is a slight unknown but for a team like this that has been a bottom dweller and has to take risks I think Murray Wilson was worth it for them to buy Bolden another year and to try and make a playoff run. Felton will instantly become the CB1 for this team and while that's not ideal neither would a 2.0/2.0 CB1 so pick your poison. Cheatham (not Mailham disappointingly) is the final piece of this and he also replaces a 2.0/2.0 for this team. When you only get 3 options and you pull this kind of class In It's going to make a difference. Very nice work. #2 Illinois State DE Charles Reid 6-3 264 (Sr) Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu HI) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] ILB Mateo St. John 6-2 257 (Sr) Eden (Eden TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Mike] OLB Brian Jensen 6-1 217 (Sr) Pineville (Pineville LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] What did the defending national champs do? Oh just brought in 3 defensive starters rated 3.5 or above? No big deal. Another outstanding class of transfers for this Redbirds squad. They won St. Johns commitment in a coin toss over JMU. Getting a 3.5/3.5 MIKE as your 3rd piece in transfers is a great thing. St. John will be the best ILB on the team next year. Charles Reid the other 3.5/3.5 had a good career at Hawaii (even making some sacks last year, usually these transfers don't do much coming in) and will be one of their top 2 DEs. and the big piece is Brian Jensen at OLB who will replace a 3.0/3.0 and hope to make some tape that the NFL will watch. The Redbirds were pretty set on offense with Wardwell and Boone coming back. Now they just set themselves up to make another National Championship run with these 3 defenders coming to Normal. #1 Delaware DT Dominick Prescott 6-3 281 (Sr) Moorhead (Moorhead MN) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] OG Jackson Worley 6-5 322 (Sr) Southwest (San Diego CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] QB Greg Carnes 6-1 223 (Sr) Carroll (Monroe LA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pocket] And my top class goes to Delaware. The Blue Hens took the portal and made it their bitch this season. Let's start with Worley. This pro potential OG will either replace someone who isn't ready (1.0/3.5) or really should play (2.5/2.5). Big upgrade either way. He helped pave the way for their week 2 acquisitions. Let's go with with Prescott first. He's a 1.0 skill upgrade over their current starter at DT and will provide and instant boost to that DL that needed someone with experience to anchor it, anchor found. And finally let's talk about the Brass Ring of the FCS Portal season this year, Greg Carnes. He's not Felix Luck level good. He might not be Lucas Beckwith level good (that's to be seen). But he is a very proven starter that helps elevate this squad to the next level of FCS program. He will start over a 3.0/3.5 so a true 1.5 skill gain for this season at the most important position on the offensive side. Paired with a 3.5 RB and a 4.0 WR Delaware can make some noise this year in the playoff race. Nice job. Ape Media's Preseason FCS Power Rankings. #1. Illinois State #2. North Dakota State #3. Delaware #4. North Dakota #5. UC-Davis #6. South Dakota State #7. James Madison #8 New Hampshire #9 Youngstown State #10 FAMU #11 EWU #12 Harvard #13 Yale #14 PSU #15 UNI #16 Montana Don' like it? Disagree? Comment below.
  3. Austin, TX Welcome back to Longhorn Network. Today our program will be looking at all things Longhorns that have happened this spring. This will take us from the Spring Game through Transfers. There's a lot to review so we're going to jump right in starting with the Spring Game. Spring Game The Longhorns Spring game provided us a look at the new look Longhorns. The Burnt Orange led by Benjamin Lockwood defeated the White Team by a score of 35-14. Let's do a quick glance at the things we said to watch out for in our preview in our review Here's Benny: All of Longhorns Nation was anxious waiting to see how much Benjamin Lockwood had advanced over his redshirt year and we got a pretty solid answer. He went 29/45 for 319 and 2 TDS 0INTs and also scrambled 4 times for 9 yards. This was an excellent sign for the Longhorns hopes this year. Moving on from conference OPOTY Sam Milner was always going to be hard but this spring game performance for Lockwood should ease some minds. He did get sacked twice so he will need to work with the OL and be a little bit quicker on his release on hurries but for a Redshirt Freshman Lockwood looked composed and ready to play at a high level that will be needed to keep the Longhorns Bowl Streak alive and well. Young Defenders: This was specifically about the Burnt Orange team but we'll shoehorn in all the defense here. The young guys showed up all over in the spring game. On the Burnt Orange Squad of the 2nd teamers true Freshman Aaron Holguin had 1.5 Sacks 3 tackles and 2 TFL. Redshirt Freshman George Singleton added another Sack and Sophomores Shaq Carter (1 INT) and Gabe Kraus (7 Tackles) rounded out the highlights for this squad. On the White team Transfer Lucas Gleason finally able to play showed up by sacking Lockwood in addition to 2 Tackles. True FR Patrick Munnerlyn forced a fumble out of Dontae Alford and added some tackles. True Fr Ricardo Cortes played out of his mind with 8 tackles and 3 TFLs. All these players are (So) and Under so there is some bright futures on the other side of the ball. We'll talk about the impact of these performances when we talk about Coach Ape's redshirts and DC Playing For Both Squads: We can't say much about Andrew Melendez who didn't get any carries but he needed to step up a bit more in pass protection. Kicker Christopher Bliss missed a 45 yard FG (continuing a trend from last year) but made all 7 XPs for both teams combined. He'll need to work with Special Teams Coordinator Michael Turner some more to help with his accuracy. Revamped DL: We spoke about this a little bit in Point 2 but let's look a bit closer. Thomas Sanders is returning and didn't do much in the Spring Game. The other side of the DE pairing on the 1st team was Omari Griggs who came from JuCo and he showed up and earned his playing time sacking Lockwood once and adding 2 tackles. At DT we spoke of both George Singleton off the Burnt Orange team and Lucas Gleason off the White team getting into the backfield. True FR Zaquan Dykes did not gain much traction playing behind Gleason though. We'll talk about those repercussions when we get to the DC Backup OL: We spoke of two players on the white team to watch for on the OL in Juco Bentley Simpson and True Fr Isaac McIntyre. Simpson by all reports was "fine" but the OL averaged a 3.6 rating and he was clearly the 3rd best OG on the field all day. McIntyre on the other hand looked ready to play year one. Skill Players?: We talked about the lack of depth on the 2nd team Offense and we were not surprised to see such a mediocre performance. True Fr Dereece Taylor who we thought might click at TE right away looked flummoxed all day. Hopefully the Longhorns won't have to dip too far into this pool. Spring Game MVP's Burnt Orange Team Offense: TE Carlos Avery 6-5 193 Sr Cloud County Community College (Concordia KS) 5.0 of 5.0 [Receiving]: 7 Catches 111 yards 1 TD 0 Drops Defense: DE Aaron Holguin 6-6 258 Fr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain]: 3 Tackles 2 TFL 1.5 Sacks Spring Game MVP's White Team Offense: RB Devin Spillman 6-0 225 (So) Archbishop Rummel (Metairie LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Power] 12 rushes 68 yards 1 TD 15 yard long Defense: OLB Ricardo Cortes 5-11 224 Fr Roscoe (Roscoe TX) 2.5 of 4.0 [Coverage] 8 tackles 3 TFL Depth Chart and Redshirts We'll go over some DC highlights and then get into the Redshirt situation for the Longhorns Offense: No surprises at QB or RB. Benjamin Lockwood takes over at QB1 and Dontae Alford will start at RB after a rocky Freshman year. Devin Spillman earned his role of RB2 in the Spring Game. Melendez will start at FB due to lack of options. At WR we have a slight surprise. Da'Quan Crockett after taking a developmental year last year and redshirting is listed as the WR1 after a strong spring game (9 Catches, 88 yards, 1 TD, 1 Drop) and seems to have chemistry with Lockwood. Sophomore's Natrone Benjamin and Shaq Dixon are right behind him with Dixon working the slot again (hopefully to the same result as last year). Round out the WRs are 3/3s Elias Person and Marc Gibson for the 5 wide sets. at Tight End there's no surprise JuCo Transfer Carlos Avery is Tight End 1 and by a wide margin. Surprisingly Francisco Sewell did not enter the portal and remains on at TE2. The main Blocking TE is (Fr) Pierre-Shon Mitchell. On The OL we have (Jr) Aoloa Iusitino at LT, Sr Tony Keating at LG, (So) Frederick Orlando staking over at C, (So) Tyus Fair at RG and Fr Isaac McIntyre at Right Tackle. Defense: Starting at DE will be returning (Jr) Thomas Sanders and Juco Transfer Jr Omari Griggs. At DT taking over will be Transfer Luca Gleason and (Fr) George Singleton behind him. Moving to LB we have (Sr) Malachi Chavis returning at OLB and True Fr Ricardo Cortes starting at the other OLB slot. Inside we have (Jr) Ted Stanford returning and So Gabe Kraus moving for a rotation role to WILL. At Corner (Sr) Justice Gay moves up to the top slot with Logan Gallegos moving from starting SS to CB2. behind them in the Nickel slot is (Sr) Mekhi Darby. At FS So Dylan Pruitt moves from Bandit to FS1 and at SS we had True Fr Patrick Munnerlyn who earned the job due to his spring game performance. Coach Ape hasn't announced all the rotational roles yet but look out for So Shaq Carter to play Bandit more than likely. Special Teams: At Kicker (So) Christopher Bliss is the only option and will start full time after splitting duties last year. The Longhorns have a new Punter in Transfer Tristan O'Rourke (Beto's Nephew). Cyrus Bagley will handle Long Snapping. (Sr) Carlos Collins will be the Holder. At both return slots Shaq Dixon is listed as the starter and (Fr) ATH Zac Walker is his backup. Redshirts TE Dereece Taylor 6-5 194 Fr DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 3.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] When his recruitment was ongoing, Taylor thought he was going to play right away. Carlos Avery however announced his decision to come to UT and Taylor hada bad spring game. Look for him to start in 2025. OT Uzoma Akabueze 6-7 263 Fr Abuja (Nigeria) 3.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] Uzoma had a hard time this spring transitioning to America. He's raw and needs time in the country to learn about everything. He will look to start across from Issac McIntyre next year in 2025. OG Bentley Simpson 6-1 302 Sr Phoenix (Phoenix AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] Normally JuCo Transfers don't redshirt but Simpson knew the risk coming to UT and he will sit out a season and replace Tony Keating next year in 2025. DE Shaq Edwards 6-5 254 Fr DeLeon (DeLeon TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] Shaq Edwards had a quiet spring. He didn't get much playing time in the spring game and was always expected to redshirt his freshman year. Look for him to push for a starting slot in 2026 as a (So) DE Aaron Holguin 6-6 258 Fr Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi TX) 2.0 of 4.0 [Contain] One of Coach Ape's tougher decisions. Aaron Holguin looked ready to play but in deference to (Jr) Thomas Sanders experience and Griggs performance and Class Holguin will redshirt this year and push for a starting slot in 2025. DT Zaquan Dykes 6-5 288 Fr Northland Christian (Houston TX) 2.5 of 4.0 [2-Gap] Zaquan Dykes was expecting to fight for a starting slot at DT this season. His spring performance landed him here though and he will try to push either Gleason or Singleton down the DC in 2025 when he's a more polished (Fr) OLB Kenneth Frost 6-2 219 Fr Eden (Eden TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] One of the last additions to last years recruiting class lands here on the RS list. He was always expected to land here though. He might push for a role like Jack next season if he develops well. ILB Omar French 6-1 219 Fr Roscoe (Roscoe TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] Another one of the last recruits to sign, Omar French almost left the state for Akron but signed with the Longhorns. He will look to develop this year and perhaps play the role Gabe Kraus did last year for the Longhorns rotating in. Look for him to start in 2026 when Stanford is off to the NFL. CB Shaq Lawson 5-11 187 Fr Westwood (Austin, TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] Coach Ape landed Shaq Lawson because of his local connections to Westwood's coaching staff. Lawson is the future at CB and perhaps could have played Dimeback this year but Coach Ape likes to give players a chance to develop. Look for him to potentially play CB2 in 2025 based on a variety of factors. P Cedric Renaudin 5-7 185 Fr Marseille (France) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] Cedric put up a good fight for the Punter job but like Uzoma just needed some more time getting used to the country. He will push to be the starter in 2025 if O'Rourke does not play well this year. Transfer Portal Coach Ape was once again active in the NCAA Transfer Portal this season. We heard that he heavily pursued (Sr) RB Amir Turner Jr who had a hardship waiver. He was looking to pair him with Alford in a "Thunder and Lightning" mix but that did not pan out with Turner going to Georgia Southern. We also heard that he pursued True Jr Bucky Andrews from Georgia Tech. Andrews liked the Longhorns offer but went to Wyoming where he will likely be the BMOC at CB for the Cowboys after sitting out this year. After these rebuffs in the first week of the portal Coach Ape switched his tactics up and went for depth. We know he heavily pursued MIKE LB Bill Talbot from Oregon. He would have been the best MIKE on the Longhorns roster by far next year but word has come out that after flipping a coin Talbot decided to play his final season in Ames for Iowa State instead of coming to Austin. Coach Ape did not leave the transfer process empty though and was able to pull in two Corners that will shore up the depth issues a little bit at least for 2025. The first transfer that Coach Ape brought in was CB Jamir Coleman 6-2 162 Sr Killian (Miami FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] from UCF. Coleman was buried deep on the Knights DC last year and decided to enter the portal for greener pastures. He's good in man coverage and has one year of eligibility left after this year. The second transfer that Coach Ape brought in was CB Noel Rainey 5-9 181 Sr Simeon Career Academy (Chicago IL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] from Michigan State. Rainey was a rotational guy last year who saw limited time on the field but has benefited from being under Coach Slinky Jr who is a secondary expert. He like Coleman will also only have one year of eligibility here in Austin. So why bring in two Sr CBs with limited experience? Let's project a little for next year. CB Justice Gay 6-0 203 (Sr) Bonham (Bonham TX) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] and CB Mekhi Darby 5-10 171 (Sr) Bastrop (Bastrop TX) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] are both gone after this season. That leaves the Horns with the following players (current years listed) ATH Logan Gallegos 5-11 168 (So) Pottsboro (Pottsboro TX) 3.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Shaq Lawson 5-11 187 Fr Westwood (Austin, TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Christopher Bradley III 5-9 190 (Fr) Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Dylan Verner 6-2 174 Jr Comanche (Comanche TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Caleb Wilkerson 6-2 178 Jr Rising Star (Rising Star TX) 2.5 of 2.5 [Man Coverage] CB Myles English 5-9 189 (So) Oak Forest Academy (Amite LA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB Zion Sample 5-11 166 Jr Goliad (Goliad TX) 2.0 of 2.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Aidan Aponte-Alonzo 5-10 201 Jr Pocahontas (Pocahontas AR) 2.0 of 2.0 [Man Coverage] Gallegos will still be there and Lawson will be coming off redshirt. CB3 and Myles English have about the same ceiling as Coleman and Rainey but are young. Barring recruitment Coleman and Rainey could slide right in and play Nickel and Dimeback for the Longhorns next year if nothing changes. If nothing else they buy Coach Ape an additional year either for a Redshirt or Transfer in the worst case scenario. In the best case they are both depth pieces and still higher on the Longhorns DC than they would have been in Orlando and East Lansing. OOC Opponents Announced Week 1 In-State Rival UTSA comes to Austin to try and get revenge for their loss last season Week 3 Texas will travel to Palo Alto for the first Big XII-Pac 12 Challenge and face Stanford Week 13 (Rivalry Week) The Longhorns travel to face bitter rival TAMU and their new coach Stinsy And that's all we have folks. You can leave questions for Coach Ape below and he will respond.
  4. We can switch off seasons like they do on CBS
  5. Im down I love the show
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  7. So glad the Colts didn't draft him. He doesn't have the 100 yard mentality about him
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