It's very nearly the last football we'll see until August, so I hope you made your way out to a local spring game this weekend. UTEP kicked things off on Friday and SMU, UTSA, Texas Tech, Texas State and Texas A&M followed suit on Saturday. So let us catch you up.
- For our friends in El Paso, a ray of light after an 0-12 season.
Biggest take away from tonight.— #WeAreMiners (@F5_UTEPminers) April 14, 2018
This was a better brand of football. And its just spring.
- Injuries have hit SMU hard, hit right in the pills. The Mustangs barely had enough lineman to scrimmage, so they modified their format. SMU suited up eight healthy linemen. Eight.
- SMU ran the ball 56 times and threw it 35. That's the Rhett Lashlee influence on Sonny Dyke's offense.
- UTSA looked sloppy on offense or perhaps superior on defense. UTSA defenders charted a path into the Roadrunner backfield that looked like I-10. The Runner defense had thirteen sacks and nineteen tackles for loss.
- UTSA may have very found its version of Rudy in RS Freshman Robert Fuentes. Fuentes, a walk-on former receiver/defensive end from SA Southwest, had eight tackles for loss including three sacks. At 6-4, 205 pounds we like to suggest Fuentes get to one of San Antonio's famous eateries and stay a while.
- Sophomore running back B.J. Daniels went and did the damn thing.
- One of Texas State's offensive lineman took the field with what the penal code would define as a deadly weapon.
- Neither Texas Tech quarterback hopeful grabbed the job in the Red Raider's final scrimmage. Jett Duffey continues to throw to the wrong colored jersey at critical times.
- Clayton Hatfield is healthy and making kicks. If you watched Tech in 2017, you know what a huge deal that is.
- Jimbo Fisher made his quarterbacks live in A&M spring game. Fisher designed the exposure to help his quarterbacks learn timing in the pocket. Luckily no one took any significant shots.
- In other news, A&M has tight ends and fullbacks! Lots of them. Tight end Jace Sternberger had himself a day with eight catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Dear Arizona Fans, someday you'll get to see tight ends play too. Not while Kevin Sumlin is coaching your football team. Chin up though, you'll make up for it with bubble screens. Lots of bubble screens.
- Johnny Manziel took part in an alumni game as part of the Aggie's spring game festivities. At this point, if you've got a church league or a backyard barbeque game that needs an all-time QB, he's taking calls.