Wednesday Playcard

Baylor's Brewer poised for A big Sophomore Year

The good news from Baylor's spring game on Saturday was the continued recovery of Charlie Brewer from a shoulder injury. The sophomore from Lake Travis played the backend of spring practice without restriction and looked good doing it. 

Brewer was perhaps the most efficient quarterback in Texas school boy history. Last season, once Anu Solomon went down, and Zach Smith was inefficient, Rhule went to Brewer who displayed the same efficiency he'd shown at Lake Travis. 

In his four starts to end the season, Brewer completed 71% of his passes at 307 yards per game. Those are monster, elite numbers for a veteran starter let alone a true freshman. 

HBO's Real Sports Covers the TCU Lawsuit

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel did a piece on the TCU lawsuit and Kolby Listenbee's accusations. It's not a great look for TCU, but then it's a reasonably one-sided presentation. Listenbee's interview is compelling if only for his perspective on the medical care he received. 

He also highlights a common practice of coaches who threaten injured players with poor recommendations to coaches and front office types at the next level. All these not so revelatory statements come on the heels of Herm Edwards saying in front of microphones and everything the common coach-speak "you can't make the team in the tub." In other words, injured players need to get healthy or get out. 

Those pressures and in-house medical advice lead players to make some questionable choices, including taking four or five numbing shots at the halftime of a game as Listenbee did. 

The game, with ALL its safety concerns, must grow beyond some of these antiquated, arguably dangerous practices. 

The Orlando Sentinel Has a Low Opinion of Certain Texas Squads

The Orlando Sentinel is previewing every FBS team ahead of the 2018 season. The bad news is that the bottom three teams in order of projected ineptitude are UTEP, Texas State, and Rice. So out of 129 FBS schools, Texas has the 129th, 128th, and 127th ranked teams. UTEP and Rice are breaking in new coaches in 2018, the Miners after a winless season and Rice after one win, a victory over UTEP. 

Texas State is undervalued in our estimation. The Bobcats could make a leap, even double their win total in 2018. We'll see if any other teams make the bottom ten of the rankings, but the start to the Sentinel's list isn't promising. 

Greg Fenves is Appointed to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers

University of Texas president Greg Fenves has been named to the College Football Playoff (CFP) Board of Managers. Fenves will take on an active role in managing Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) administrative operations and will help govern the playoff's "business, property, and affairs, including budgets, policies and operating guidelines."

This isn't a selection committee position, so he doesn't get to sit at the Gaylord with the cool kids and watch college football and throw around phrases like "game control", but he's part of the committee behind that committee. Enjoy those spreadsheets Greg.  

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