Last week we broke down the two foundational plays of the Tom Herman offense, which are the inside zone and power run schemes. Everything in Herman’s offense flows from first being able to attack the space between the tackles with these two runs and then punishing defensive overplays with spread formations, option concepts, and play-action.
AUSTIN -- Tom Herman's been on the job little more than one month and, already, he’s defending his offensive coordinator as well as his grocery list. Apparently there weren’t enough vegetables in Hermann’s shopping cart Wednesday, according to tongue-in-cheek social media posts.
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.
From the beginning it was always Charlie Strong’s intention to install a run-based, ball control offense that could beat down Big 12 defenses and protect his own defense. His once innovative 3-3-5 defense was heavy on disguised blitzes and shifting fronts designed to disrupt opponents. Gameplans for college defenses rarely have enough disguise or variety to hold up under the microscope of spread offense for 70+ snaps a game.
While Major Applewhite is officially taking over Houston for their bowl game (the Las Vegas Bowl), both of Herman's Cougar coordinators be there for this game and Applewhite will be incentivized to make this game count as he seeks to continue the program momentum built up by Tom Herman. If you want to get a final glimpse of what Herman's Houston team looked like and aren't one to dig up old games on YouTube, this is a great opportunity.