Tom Herman had plenty to talk about on Wednesday. He touched on his successful recruiting so far and his plans going forward, how special teams works in his program, and what running backs need to do over the rest of camp. He also provided updates on several key Longhorns nursing injuries.
For associate head coach and running backs coach Stan Drayton, 2017’s preseason practices are full of knowns and unknowns.
After taking on and defeating the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 total offenses in 2016, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is facing what he thinks is equally as daunting of a task: defending the Big 12.
Texas opened a different portion of practice than the window we usually get. Normally, the media is there for the first, through around fourth periods of practice. Today, Texas and Tom Herman gave us a window into some of the individual drills as well as some of the team work.
Period four was the first look we were allowed to see.
After a scrimmage Saturday and a recovery day Sunday, Tom Herman addressed the media and explained what he’d like to see from his team in week two of camp, why Todd Orlando was his choice for defensive coordinator, how the team polices itself and who has progressed after a week of practice.
Junior defensive back P.J. Locke took the nickel backer position during this offseason based on both his play and his highly-praised attitude in front of Tom Herman.
Following Saturday’s scrimmage, Tom Herman talked leadership from his quarterbacks, Stan Drayton’s role on his staff, an impressing freshman DL, and how the team will spend its Sunday off.
Friday means full pads. Head coach Tom Herman discussed his team’s performance in full contact football and took the time to address battles at several positions. He also talked about what he wants to see tomorrow in the team’s best-on-best scrimmage.
Day four of practice brought social media discussion, defensive linemen questions, some brighter tight end news, good receiver news and questions about Herman’s hair (or lack thereof).
Long periods of personal reflection tend to come after disappointing outcomes. For junior linebacker Malik Jefferson, this offseason was one of those times.