AUSTIN –The Texas defense is walking around with a swagger. And for good reason.
Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has put on a show at home with his high-powered, true freshman and strong senior led offensive attack. Now, Gilbert has to do something for the first time during his tenure at Texas: bring his team and lofty expectations on the road with him to Berkeley, California to take on the Cal Bears.
Patrick Vahe, Jerrod Heard, and Shane Buechele were all available to the media Monday following the 41-7 win over UTEP. All three players were asked about playing the Cal Bears, whether it was Heard reminiscing on last year’s performance, to Buechele and Vahe getting ready for their first real road test.
Last week, head baseball coach David Pierce continued the recruiting run he has been on since taking the job when he added 2018 RHP Kolby Kubichek out of Bryan. Kubichek, whose fall and summer league team is Twelve Baseball based out of College Station, touched base with IT to talk about what led him to leave Aggieland and head to Austin.
Charlie Strong has 8.5 by 11 inch pieces of paper pasted everywhere around the Moncrief complex that say things like “Believe,” “Stay Humble,” “Don’t Believe the Hype” and “We Have Done Nothing Yet” in order to try and keep his team grounded even after a big win against Notre Dame and a No. 11 ranking. While Texas took a few minutes to really get the offense going after multiple pre-game injuries across the board, they eventually reached the end zone five times on its way to a convincing 41-7 victory over the UTEP Miners.
Following an offensive performance from two quarterbacks that rivaled anything the team could put together in 2015, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert could have come out fully enamored with what he saw on the field. During his availability on Tuesday, he instead stressed his fast-paced, veer-and-shoot unit has room to work.
For several defensive players, the atmosphere at Royal-Memorial Stadium was one they had not seen since they were either freshmen or being recruited by former head coach Mack Brown. To see the stadium filled and loud was a welcome change of pace for the leaders on Vance Bedford’s defense.
Coming off of a big victory against Notre Dame, Texas brought some of the biggest offensive contributors to the win to speak to the media on Monday, including a running back who had a big day on the ground, a receiver with a big day of his own and two gunslingers with two entirely different roles.
There remains a lot of mystery surrounding the 2016 Texas Longhorns football team. Fans still are not entirely sure what they will see on Sunday when offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense steps on the field for the first time. Not only do they not know what the offense will really look like, but also who will take the first snaps at quarterback. Everybody in the program has been quiet on the subject.
After having a year to reflect on a five touchdown loss to Notre Dame, two leaders on the Texas Longhorns defense are ready for the long-awaited rematch against the Irish. With so many younger players likely to play, both senior safety Dylan Haines and sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson know they have to provide leadership in order to bring their team down to earth. Both players are confident in their ability to do just that and in their team’s ability to play.