For his first two years on campus, junior Charles Omenihu was growing. He was growing into his role, going from playing fox linebacker as a freshman in Charlie Strong’s defense, to moving down to the defensive line as a sophomore. With those changes in position came changes in weight, and now Omenihu is a built, 275 pounder making the lives of opposing offensive linemen difficult along with his teammates Poona Ford and Chris Nelson.
AUSTIN — One-third of the way through his first season at Texas, head coach Tom Herman and his offensive staff are having to answer tough questions prior to their first conference home game against Kansas State.
AMES, IA – Following an extended break with the bye week, Texas head coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns entered Jack Trice Stadium facing the challenge of stopping an offense that had scored 40 points in each of its first three games. The defense answered the challenge, limiting Iowa State to just seven points, 10 rushing yards, and 256 total yards in a 17-7 victory in Herman’s first Big 12 conference game.
Quotes from Tom Herman’s Tuesday media availability.
When the SWC disbanded in 1996, Texas and four other schools joined the Big 8, aligning themselves with traditional powers like Nebraska and Oklahoma. Iowa State was in the Big 8 as well, but Texas had only crossed paths with the Cyclones once in 1979, when Fred Akers’ Horns won in Austin, 17-9.
Every week, coaches and players of the Big 12 Conference have to answer question after question about the upcoming game. How do we move the football? How do we stop their star player? Who goes into the game in this situation?
Coaches often try to downplay a game against an inferior opponent following a tough loss as “a way to take out frustration” in order to keep their players focused and to show respect to the opponent.
UT’s coordinators met with the media on Wednesday to recap USC and talk about what needs to be addressed before the trip to Iowa State next week.
Quotes from Tom Herman’s short Tuesday availability.
Texas is less than ten days from having to travel to Ames, Iowa to face the Iowa State Cyclones in Tom Herman’s first conference game as Texas’ head coach. Herman is familiar with what walking into Ames presents.