Under Strong, the media was allowed to watch the first two to three practices in full. Today, media was only allowed to view and photograph around 45 minutes of mostly stretching and position drills at practice. Here’s what I saw.
Tom Herman’s first football practices as head coach of the Texas Longhorns will be telling on multiple fronts. It will tell Herman who some of his better players are, as he has yet to see them in a football practice. It will tell Herman who will continue to be leaders, as he has only seen them in conditioning drills with logo-less apparel. It will tell him what it is like to coach football at the University of Texas.
2018 Frisco Wakeland OL Rafiti Ghirmai and 2019 Atasocita OL and LSU commit Kenyon Green both came to Texas with high expectations for the weekend. By speaking with both, the coaches recruited them honestly, a very important factor for both athletes.
Texas put up nine runs by consistently putting the ball in play, with some runs coming with help from the Cardinals.
It has been well-documented by the Texas media that head coach Tom Herman will not watch any film from previous seasons. He wants to start fresh in his mind with each player and focus more on implementing his culture at the beginning of his tenure as Texas head coach.
Texas came away with two victories Saturday in a double header against No. 23 Rice, 5-4 and 6-1. Here are a few thoughts from the eight hours I spent at the Disch.
Even with all the excitement about the new energy coming into the program under head coach David Pierce, at bats still need to produce hits and move runners and pitchers need to escape jams. It does not help when the opponent is able to move runners when umpires miss calls in important situations. Texas struggled to put themselves in position to score tonight and No. 23 Rice was the beneficiary of an improperly called bunt off the batter’s foot as the Owls took down Texas in the season opener, 3-2.
Alignment. I’m not just writing that to get it out of the way or to inspire you to put some whiskey in your coffee. I’m writing that because it was readily apparent on Thursday when all five offensive assistants were available to the media.
Opening Day is a celebrated day of optimism heading into the long stretch of a baseball season. For new head coach David Pierce, being at Texas is an exciting new journey for him. The first game of the season is always special for Pierce, whether he is coaching the Texas Longhorns or the Dobie Longhorns.
Tom Herman entered the UT head coaching job with plenty of national fanfare. The Top 10 wins, the top recruiting classes to a power five school and the grill all made Herman a huge name nationally, and even more so within the state of Texas.