In the second round of notes from Monday’s availability, we talk to Shane Buechele and discuss road games, Connor Williams and talk leadership, and John Burt and Chris Warren to talk about the conference.
With all the problems surrounding the Texas Longhorns defense in 2016, the offense continues to be a bright spot for the burnt orange and white. The problems for the offense may not be as apparent to fans as the issues plaguing the defense, but they still bother offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert enough to where he wants to immediately fix them.
In preparation for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Texas had several leaders available to the team, including one who was available to the media following a weekend arrest, a quarterback trying to take another game in Boone Pickens stadium, and two defensive linemen who keep preaching pressure.
Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford is currently in his third season at Texas. After fielding a defense in 2014 that stopped many of the prolific offenses of the Big 12, Bedford has seen his defense go from strong to porous. Even with a senior in Dylan Haines in his defensive backfield and Paul Boyette, Jr. on his front line, the Texas defense had multiple breakdowns in communication that lead to multiple Golden Bear scores.
After a road loss to the California Golden Bears, freshman Shane Buechele and seniors Tyrone Swoopes and Kent Perkins were available to the media to discuss what the team needs to fix following their performance in Berkeley, and how the team needs to get in the right mindset prior to opening Big 12 play in Stillwater.
While head coach Charlie Strong can now hang his hat on a 2-1 record and a vastly improved offense, similar issues that plagued last season’s 5-7 team have reappeared on the 2016 team.
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.