Herman, Orlando, and Philosophical Alignment

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

There’s that word again. A word so well known just eight months into Tom Herman’s tenure I can probably get through this write-up without using it outside of the title.

The staff understands what’s expected of it every step of the way, from recruiting and keeping up with social media accounts to overseeing and instilling the all-important culture.

Inside the Gameplan: The 2017 Red River Shootout

Dorian Leonard. (Will Gallagher/IT)

This is the big one, the biggest game on the schedule almost every single season for the simple reason that Oklahoma is the only other program in the Big 12 with Texas’ resources. Since A&M, Colorado, Nebraska, and Missouri left the league you’d have figured that this game would only grow in importance but…Texas hasn’t made the most of their new place in a weakened league.

Tom Herman post-practice quotes – 8/9/17

Tom Herman (Joe Cook/IT)

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.

Epps chooses the Longhorns

Malcolm Epps. (courtesy of Epps)

One after another, UT’s Class of 2018 is turning into a Who’s Who of statewide and national recruits.

Add one more to the mix when Spring Dekaney TE Malcolm Epps verbally committed to Texas today. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound multi-sport athlete, who also excels on the hardwood, chose the Longhorns over offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Florida among others.

Tuesday Practice Report – 8/8/17

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger (Justin Wells/IT)

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.

The Inside Scoop – 8/8/17

Keondre Coburn (Eric Nahlin/IT)

UT’s Class of 2018 added a new member yesterday, so let’s look at the remainder of the class with percentages. We also talk to two of the Horns’ top targets as their decision time is getting close, 1-on-1 with newest hooper pledge, Brock Cunningham, and more. It’s a Tuesday Scoop. Dig in.

Missing piece to UT’s 2017 run game?

Chris Warren. (Will Gallagher/IT)

When I read practice reports or staff quotes I’m looking for hints that will answer that question.

The way the spread offense works is really pretty simple. You space out your players, attack different areas of the field, and then hit opponents where they yield numbers or leverage. Or if you have an elite feature to your offense, you pound them with it repeatedly unless they shut it down.

Coburn chooses Texas

Keondre Coburn (Will/Gallagher/IT)

Tom Herman and Oscar Giles needed to find someone who could successfully man the point of attack. They did just that today, when Spring Westfield’s Keondre Coburn committed to Texas.