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Our Defense’s D-Line Demands: An Explanation

Charles Omenihu. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last week, I commented on Herman’s fat shaming, as our head coach has made it a point to repeatedly mock the muffin-tops on our DL. He’s not talking about everyone (Nelson, Omenihu are on the good list) and there are clearly players who are too heavy but making the effort to cut down (Elliott, Ford), but he’s looking for proof in the pudding from several other athletes.

Second spring practice notes

Holton Hill (Justin Wells/IT)

In the second Spring practice for 2017, the prevailing theme was tempo and intensity.

I think a lot of coaches in CFB talk tempo, but only a few actually demonstrate it during an actual practice. What is fast and quick to some, isn’t so much to others. With Tom Herman and his staff, there’s no doubting the uptick in tempo and reps performed during each drill.

First spring practice notes

Tom Herman at his first spring practice of 2017 (Joe Cook/IT)

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.

Longhorn leans, longshots, and in between

BJ Foster at UT's Junior Day. (Will Gallagher/IT)

We’ll use my rough draft Top 21 (for some reason Fuddy went with 21 — probably his attempt to blue ribbon more players into the Top 10 or 15) as a gauge to see where the state’s best are leaning at this point.

Of note, this is more based on my gut feeling and some rumblings than what players themselves are actually saying publicly.

Fridays in the Humidor – 3/3/17

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

We’re just four days away from the first Spring practice. There will also be another practice on the 9th, and then the team will leave for Spring break. Upon return, I wouldn’t be surprised by hellacious conditioning to see who has stayed hydrated. When Herman was first hired to Texas we had a U of H insider offer details of Herman’s program. One of the biggest points he made was Herman was a stickler for hydration because it helps negate soft tissue injuries (muscle pulls). We’re now hearing second-hand accounts of how serious Herman is about hydration, and nutrition/eating in general. We’re hearing a whole lot of things in this Humidor.