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Board Meeting: April 12, 2012

4/12/2012

Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Tannehill equals JaMarcus Russell: Comparing someone to JaMarcus Russell in NFL draft circles is like using a dirty word. That’s exactly what former NFL coach Brian Billick did this morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning. Now, to be clear, Billick was referencing how Tannehill has shot up draft boards based on potential and none of the off-the-field issues that plagued Russell. Still, it’s a tough comparison.

Todd McShay was also a guest and did not disagree with putting too much emphasis on potential. However, McShay did point out some of the intangible things about Tannehill that could be a benefit to him. Tannehill is a coach’s son and he played wide receiver while simultaneously meeting with the QBs.

Nicholas74230 said it best that the NFL is not the place for on-the-job training for inexperienced QBs. That’s the thing. Yes, NFL teams are desperate to draft anything close to a franchise QB which means someone like Tannehill shoots up a draft. While it’s great for his draft stock, it might not be the best thing for his career.

2. Kicking and screaming: Carter Strickland has a piece running Friday looking at incoming kicker Nick Jordan and his preparation to become the Longhors’ starter.

Carter also argues that Jordan could be one of the more important signees in Texas’ 2012 class.

It certainly easy to overlook a kicker with all the star power in the 2012 class, but Carter might be onto something. Justin Tucker’s contributions can not be overlooked since he handled punts, kickoffs and field goals. That’s one giant hole on special teams and Mack Brown isn’t sold on Will Russ or Ben Pruitt.

So for now, Jordan is preparing to come in and possibly be the next freshman to kick for Texas.

How big do you think Jordan’s impact will be?

3. Top offenses: Big 12 blogger David Ubben recently took a look at offenses in the conference and had Oklahoma and West Virginia as the top two squads in the league. Probably easy picks with the skill they both have returning and the style of offenses they run.

However, Texas wasn’t on the list.

The Longhorns certainly weren’t a juggernaut in 2011, but they have to be better in 2012. The interesting thing about Texas’ offense is how Bryan Harsin and Co. are attempting to flip the script on the league.

OU -- spread. WVU -- spread. Oklahoma State -- spread. There is a theme there somewhere. Texas will be the best running team in the league and have a three-deep at the position that will be unmatched. So while some teams will throw it all over the field, the Longhorns will attempt to pound people into the dirt. Will it be a top offense in the league? That remains to be seen.

How do you think the offense will perform in 2012?

Remember the forum is always open. Give us a shout and maybe weigh in on the Hey William post with your thoughts on whether William Wilkerson would look good in a beard.