Though he’s arguably the most explosive player on Texas’ football team, D.J. Monroe hasn’t had a consistent role in the Longhorns’ offense in his three years with the program.
Once again, Mack Brown and company are trying to change that by switching Monroe to receiver. Again.
“If he’s going to play more, we need to expand his package,” Brown said on Tuesday. “It makes sense that that’s where he needs to play.”
It’ll be an adjustment, to be sure. Monroe’s natural position has been at tailback and the senior-to-be has only eight receptions for 70 yards and zero touchdowns in his career — all of which came last season. But Monroe’s rushing stats are sparse as well (664 yards and two touchdowns) in that same span.
With Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron returning, and with Johnathan Gray coming in, Texas’ backfield is young, talented and deep. Even if Gray redshirted, Monroe would be buried in the depth chart.
Monroe is has too much potential for that and Longhorn fans have been grinding their teeth for the past couple years wondering how on Earth the speedy athlete isn’t getting the ball more. Of course, it’s not like Brown doesn’t recognize this — take any fan frustration and magnify it by 50 and you’ll come close to feeling what coaches do — but responsibility also lies on the player to adjust as necessary if they want to see the field, and Brown said a couple of years ago that he didn’t feel Monroe had the mental makeup or passion to switch positions.
If things are different this time around, Monroe could light a fire under an offense that was, at times, unbearable to watch n 2011.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.