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RB Jalen Overstreet, S Chevoski Collins dismissed from the Texas Longhorns football team
Thursday wasn't a great day on the 40 Acres.
Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong served notice on Thursday to his players and the world that players who break his core values have no place on the team, dismissing sophomore running back Jalen Overstreet and redshirt freshman Chevoski Collins.
The original report came from Orangebloods and was later confirmed by multiple other outlets.
The school has not yet confirmed the departures and Overstreet and Collins were stilled listed on the official roster as of late Thursday evening, though suspended wide receivers Kendall Sanders, a junior, and Montrel Meander, a redshirt freshman, were not after being charged with felony sexual assault earlier in the day.
Orangebloods reports that Collins and Overstreet were two of the players who had been banned from team facilities and that they were dismissed for the ubiquitous violation of team rules. It wasn't the first time the two had gotten in trouble for breaking the same rule, according to Orangebloods.
Overstreet spent his first season at running back in 2013 and rushed 20 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns, but wasn't especially effective late in the year when injuries provided him a chance to play and always faced questions about his fit at the position because of his height.
A candidate to change positions or wash out of the program, rumors had surrounded Overstreet and his status on the team in recent weeks.
Collins redshirted last season and had spent some time at wide receiver. There was some positive buzz about him in the spring, but the fact that walk-on safety Dylan Haines started with the second team in the Orange-White game was clearly a statement from Strong regarding his feelings towards the play of the young safeties, Collins included.
If Sanders and Meander are ultimately dismissed from the team, that would mark six players that have been dismissed since Strong took over, joining spring departures Chet Moss and Leroy Scott.
Strong ain't playing, y'all, and the players still on the team best take heed or find themselves being shown the door as well.
Louisville WR: Strong, Watson "didn't want to score anything"
Concerned about the Texas offense this season? Maybe don't read this.
Under former head coach Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, the Louisville Cardinals offense "didn't want to score anything" last season, according to current Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker.
The nation's No. 2 team in time of possession last season, Louisville used a pretty conservative approach in 2013, especially when considering that the Cardinals featured one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Teddy Bridgewater.
As a result, Louisville finished No. 95 nationally in passing plays of 40 yards or more, despite having a great deal of success in producing plays between 20 and 39 yards. Overall, the offense managed to finish with an F/+ ranking of No. 23. Breaking that overall offensive ranking down further, the Cardinals were the No. 18 offense nationally in S&P+ and No. 14 in Explosive Drives -- drives that finished with an average of 10 or more yards per play.
Part of the concern is that Louisville ran a play every 29.5 seconds last year. By contrast, Texas ran a play every 23.5 seconds in 2013, allowing the team to run 121 more plays on the season.
Here's what Parker had to say at AAC Media Days:
At times (last season) did get frustrating. Sometimes I'd catch the ball one time in a game or none at all. But I never really said anything.
They were always putting their foot on the brake. They didn't want to score anything.
Parker, now a senior, was the leading receiver on the team with 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those 55 catches were only good enough to tie for 96th in the country in overall receptions.
In games against South Florida and Memphis, the 6'3, 208-pounder caught one pass in each game and registered only two receptions in a game against Temple, a team that featured the No. 116 defense in F/+.
The comments from Parker echo concerns from some analysts who noted the lack of downfield passing in Watson's attack at Louisville, an approach that stands in stark contrast to former co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who made it a point of emphasis to try to chop the top off the defense to punish opponents for loading the box to stop the run.
Instead, Watson likes to use the quick passing game to stay ahead of the chains, an attack that relies on wide receivers who can take a short hitch pass and break a tackle to create positive yardage, much as Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley did years ago in Texas offenses helmed by Greg Davis.
Considering how effective starting quarterback David Ash was two years ago with the deep ball and the aptitude that wide receiver Jaxon Shipley showed during the spring game for getting open deep, it would be a shame if the Horns didn't try to take advantage of those abilities this season.
Otherwise, Watson will be relying on that quick game and the types of intermediate routes with reads that characterize his modified West Coast offense -- reads that demand a fairly high level of sophistication from the quarterback and require the quarterback and receiver to be on the same page.
Without explosive plays in the passing game, the Horns will need to create such plays in the running game, a major issue last season, or operate extremely efficiently with the passing game, something that Ash was able to accomplish two years ago with his high completion percentage, but could be a major struggle if he ends up going down with another injury.
Or if the wide receivers don't show the ability to break the first tackle.
Basically, Parker verbalized the fears of some who opposed Watson having play-calling duties at Texas -- think of the Watson offense as something akin to a baseball team made up of hitters who can only hit singles.
The Texas offense will need some extra-base hits this season and now there's further proof that Watson doesn't even try for those extra-base hits.
For a team that doesn't have much margin of error overall, a lack of aggressiveness when possessing the ball could only further diminish that margin for error.