Our seats were on the north end of DKR, about midway up, diagonal to the back northwest corner of the end zone. It was September of 2015, a night game, and my son Miles and I were thrilled with the view. He had just turned 12. Before this game against California, we had only been to blowouts, so he had never truly heard an electric DKR before. But this night was different; this was the night Jerrod Heard's grandkids will hear about someday. Oh, and it will be quite a story.
Sloppy-drunk on burnt orange Kool-aid in July, I stated - publicly and emphatically and foolishly - that Texas would beat USC this week in Los Angeles. Less than two months later, it's Trojan game week, and my friends are spending the week verbally abusing me at every turn.
In the story that is Tom Herman’s first season leading the Longhorn football program, Saturday’s win over San Jose State served several important purposes including letting a true freshman quarterback earn valuable experience and earning Herman’s first victory as head coach at UT. That first experience for Sam means that this week’s matchup against the top five USC Trojans will not be Ehlinger’s first taste of college football if called on to play or start.
Day three means the shoulder pads can come on before the team goes fully padded on Friday. Here's what Herman had to say today concerning quarterback, running back, Malik Jefferson, Jerrod Heard and the locker room.
Houston was the perfect job for Tom Herman to take for three reasons. The first was that it allowed him to get back to work in the familiar grounds at Texas, recruiting and developing in a state he already knew well thanks to previous stops at Texas, Sam Houston State, Texas State, and Rice.
If you kept your eye on the battle in the trenches that took place in Austin Saturday night, the game’s outcome probably never seemed to be in serious doubt. Texas dominated the Iowa State offensive line, particularly with its pass-rush, while the Cyclone DL was not up to the challenge of standing up to D’Onta Foreman and the UT OL.
The most important news following Texas’ 41-7 thumping of UTEP is Monday’s injury report. Every Longhorn starter will be available (fingers crossed, knock on wood) for Saturday’s game at California.
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.
Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson and QB/WR Jerrod Heard lived with pressure even before they stepped on the University of Texas campus. After dealing with the pressures of being a highly touted recruit during his freshman campaign, Jefferson now has to deal with new expectations in his sophomore season. While those are different, he is ready to take it on with the help of veteran teammates.
In this limited Friday edition of Mondays in the Humidor we have some tidbits on the offensive depth chart as promised. We also get into some workout information about this shortened week. Finally, we have some information on dog houses, twin dog houses if you will inside the Humidor.