Chat with Sean Adams
Welcome to HornsNation! On Friday, writer Sean Adams stops by to chat about the Longhorns and everything else Texas.
Adams joined ESPN.com in 2012 after covering the University of Texas and national college football since 2001, most recently for Rivals. Each afternoon he hosts the top-rated show "The Adams Theory" on 104.9 The Horn - ESPN Austin. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your questions now and join Adams Friday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT!
Sean Adams (12:02 PM)
I'm here. Ready to go!
Chad (Georgetown, TX)
How many yards does Texas run for against Wyoming?
Sean Adams (12:03 PM)
I'm going to say 250-275. The only thing you can never control, even when you're trying to take your foot off the gas is the run yards, especially if your line is better. They should have 150 in the first half.
Bryan (Lake Travis, TX)
I heard Chris Rix on your show yesterday and he seemed more bullish on Texas than you do. Did you agree that Texas could be in the national championship picture?
Sean Adams (12:05 PM)
It's early for me. I am uncomfortable with the QB position. I have to see it with my eyes and see how they do against live competition before I make that statement. With that said, their schedule sets up, and there is no game on the schedule that they "can't" win. I don't know that an SEC school is going to make the BCS championship game and that fact alone bodes well for the Big 12 champion, whether that's Texas or somebody else.
Sean, Have you heard anything about other carriers picking up LHN? Directv? Dish? If so, what kind of time frame are you hearing? In time for Wyoming game?
Sean Adams (12:06 PM)
The one thing I don't know is timeframe. The fact that U-Verse picked it up should be pressure on other carriers. U-Verse is one of the options that customers have to move away from other carriers. With that said, this is a 20-year decision for the carriers.
Garrett (San Antonio, TX)
Which is more likely, a Texas QB throwing 10+ TD's, or a Texas running back rushing for 10 TD's this season?
Sean Adams (12:07 PM)
The easy answer is a QB and a RB will have 10 TDs. Texas will surprise people on offense who are cautious to be optimistic because of what they've seen the last two years.
Brady Hoffmann (Minnesota)
How will the Horns keep all 3 backs happy?
Sean Adams (12:08 PM)
This is a new age for running backs. If we've learned anything over the last decade, there is a finite amount of carriers in the body of a RB. Because of that, running backs are much more concerned in how they run and their yards per carry than their overall impact of 30 carries per game. Texas will be a running football team, they will run to set up the pass. I have a hard time believing that they won't find enough carries to make all of the RBs happy.
Sean Adams (12:09 PM)
Negotiating carries for a RB is much easier than trying to find receptions for an awesome group of WRs.
Bryan (Lake Travis, TX)
How do you think former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert will do against Baylor in Waco on Sunday?
Sean Adams (12:10 PM)
I don't know, but I'm going to be there. Gilbert is a good kid, a hard worker and a talented QB. June Jones has found success with QBs who had a lot less talent. I look forward to Gilbert having a good year against that schedule.
Justin (Dallas, TX)
Can the Longhorns pitch a shutout against the Cowboys tomorrow or should we expect the defense to make some mistakes too?
Sean Adams (12:11 PM)
I never predict shutouts. A special teams mishap, a turnover by the offense or a missed assignment on the defense can easily set up a team to at least get a field goal. While I think Texas has the best defense in the Big 12 and one of the best in the country, I never predict shutouts. I think Texas' defense will play well. I'd be shocked if Wyoming got into double digits.
Tony (Richmond, CA)
What are you most excited to see from the Horns when they finally kick off the season against Wyming? What are you most concerned about and will be looking at closely other than the obvious, quarterback play?
Sean Adams (12:12 PM)
I am most concerned about depth on the OL. And, as ironic as it is, I'm most excited about seeing the OL, because I think the starting five is really good. Football is a game that starts up front and on both sides of the ball Texas is really good. They just have to find depth on the OL.
Cowboy-KS (Great Plaines)
Yo Adams, We hear a LOT about the Horns QB's. How about the WR's not named Shipley? Is Davis hanging on to the ball in practice. Can any of them get open against Byndom/Diggs?
Sean Adams (12:14 PM)
Davis had a good spring. He had a great summer and has played really well during the fall. There were a lot of factors that played into him having a down year last year, ranging from the QB that looked for him, Gilbert, leaving the program, all the way to his roommate, a disgruntled WR, who ended up leaving the program. Besides Davis playing well, look for Goodwin and Harris. Harris was playing really well and in the rotation before he got hurt at the beginning of the season last year. He's a big bodied WR who plays in the slot and will be a size/speed matchup for many that cover him.
Sean Adams (12:15 PM)
Kendall Sanders, Johnson will be freshmen that will contribute as well.
Mason (Auburn, Al)
Which number is greater and why? J. Grays RUSHING TDs or Ash's PASSING TDs?
Sean Adams (12:16 PM)
Ash. And it won't be close. Gray is going to play. Gray is going to play well, but I expect David Ash to be in the neighborhood of 20 TDs for the year. It's hard for me to imagine with those three RBs that any of them will get that kind of number.
ron king (oklahoma)
is texas better at linebacker and the secondary than last year.........seems like whatever they lost in experience they gained in athleticism
Sean Adams (12:19 PM)
Agree 100%. When you lose a guy Gildean, that's never good but Phillips is good. The DBs will be better and Vaccarro should battle for All-American honors. As far as the LBs, Hicks and Cobb were in the four LB rotation in 2011. Cobb got hurt. Edmund is a true MLB and should play as such. I don't know if the LBs are better on Sept. 1, but I have a hard time thinking they won't be better by the middle of the season.
What will we see from D.J. Monroe on Sat?
Sean Adams (12:20 PM)
I believe he has a package. I believe he will run the ball and be targeted in the passing game. With Daje Johnson out for this first game due to suspension, Monroe might get a few more targets.
Does the LHN-AT&T deal create a domino effect and force Comcast and Time Warner to jump aboard or is that still a long way away?
Sean Adams (12:21 PM)
The only way it encourages other providers to change their current stance is if it effects their bottom line. If they see a palpable shift in their customers away from Comcast and away from Time Warner and to U-Verse or the other providers that carry the network, unless that happens, I doubt there's much movement at all. It is my understanding that Time Warner and LHN are really far apart.
Do you see the makings of a team built in the SEC mold per what Mack had wanted changed?
Sean Adams (12:23 PM)
The SEC mold is based in defense, running the ball and size. Texas has all three and will only get better with time. Mack hired a OT coach and a OL coach and a defensive coordinator from the SEC and with lots of SEC experience. That was not a coincidence.
Sean Adams (12:24 PM)
While I don't want to say that Texas will have a SEC defense, because the Big 12 has a different structure of offense, Texas will play that will remind you of the best defenses in the last 10 years.
Which RB ends up with the most rushing yards saturday?
Sean Adams (12:24 PM)
Malcolm Brown. I think he has the most yards. Joe Bergeron will have the second most yards and Gray will have the third most yards.
Trace (Thomaston, Al)
Do you really think the secondary this year is even in the same neighborhood as the '05 Texas team? It's hard for me to believe that, even the '09 team seems to me like it has the edge over this hears
Sean Adams (12:27 PM)
It's hard to put any DB group in the same room with the '05 class right now, because that year had three first rounders and five guys who are still playing in the NFL now in 2012. Damn that was a good class! With that said, I think all four guys in the defensive backfield right now will play in the NFL. Comparing the '09 backfield might be a better comparison. I think at the end of the day, the '12 backfield will be better than '09.
Steve (Scottsdale, AZ)
What are the numbers for David Ash for the 2012 season?
Sean Adams (12:28 PM)
I think he will have around 2,000 yards passing, 20 TDs. I could be wrong on the good side or the bad side.
Sage (Austin, TX)
Does Texas have a 1,000 yard rusher(s) this year? Who?
Sean Adams (12:29 PM)
I think two of them get to the 1,000 yard mark and one of them gets to 600. Again, this will be a running football team.
Derrin (Plano, TX)
Which Longhorn is more likely to become a household name in the Big XiII this year, DeMarco Cobbs or Mike Davis?
Sean Adams (12:30 PM)
While I still think offensive players are more likely to become household names, I'm impressed with Cobbs athletic ability to make plays sideline to sideline, chase players down.
Onyegbule didn't make the first depth chart. How is his health coming along and what sort of impact do you see him having this year? Especially since tight end seems to be a weakness right now.
Sean Adams (12:32 PM)
I think the TE position is a little overcooked. I think DJ Grant in his second year off knee surgery will play really well. And, if you think back to Jermichael Finley, Jordan Shipley, Buckner, they all flexed off the OL just a few yards and were pseudo-TEs. Harris can play that role and play it well.
Sean Adams (12:33 PM)
Adrian Phillips on defense. And John Harris on offense. Both of them were injured in 2011 or everybody would already know a lot more about them.
Do we Beat OU this year?
Sean Adams (12:34 PM)
I was iffy on this game for a while and with the injuries and suspensions on both lines for Oklahoma, I think Texas goes into the Red River Rivalry with an advantage. The injuries and the suspensions make me cautious of Oklahoma's No. 4 ranking.
Sean Adams (12:35 PM)
It's my favorite time of the year. College football has started. Enjoy it! I'll talk to you next week.