AUSTIN, Texas – Texas coach Tom Herman gauged the Longhorns’ mood ahead of the season-opener on Saturday and found his team to be ready to roll.
Herman said his group is upbeat and positive entering Saturday’s season-opening game versus Maryland at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
“The team is great. They are excited to go play a football game,” Herman said after practice on Thursday. “We’re right where we need to be. We wanted to get in the routine by giving them Monday off like they will have throughout the season, and we are fully transitioned into that routine.”
With at least a half-dozen freshmen expected to see the field on Saturday, Herman expects a few butterflies.
“We are going to have a lot of freshman that are going to play for us, and there will be some nervousness,” he explained. “But that is a good thing, it means you care, and you want to perform well for your teammates. The preparation won’t stop until kickoff at noon eastern time on Saturday.”
Herman also said freshman Cameron Dicker will start the season as his No. 1 kicker after beating out incumbent Joshua Rowland, a senior, for the spot.
We are going to take a few lessons from here and there from last year. We are not going to dwell on anything from previous years, this is a completely different team. We are in a good place.
The relative success the Texas offense has had this fall has Herman thinking that side of the ball will show the most improvement.
“As much as we’ve been able to do against our defense – and that’s a group as talented as we will see all year from any opponent – it makes me think we will be better on offense this season,” Herman said.
–Steve Habel (@stevehabel)