Give Tom Herman credit – he knows his team better than anyone, even the media who covers the Texas football team on daily basis.
Back on Sept. 1 after the Longhorns laid the proverbial egg in a loss to unheralded Maryland, Herman said the team was better than it showed on the field and would improve exponentially from the defeat. That all seemed like coach-speak and wishful thinking a week later when Texas barely beat Tulsa at home.
But the Longhorns have been one of the nation’s best teams over the past four weeks, beating three ranked teams and rising to No. 9 in the nation.
There has been plenty of improvement by Texas since the loss to Maryland, and Herman and his players have said the move up was partially precipitated by the setback in the season-opener.
“Yeah, we didn’t get the win, but we were a lot closer than we appeared to be,” Texas tight end Andrew Beck said. “As hard as that loss was, it was a very, very good thing for us. It gave guys specific things to work on they needed to fix before the next week.”
Herman works each week to let every game stand on its own and to learn and move forward no matter the outcome.
“I said to them when we lost the opener that this game will not define us – how we respond to it will,” he said. “I told them that about this Oklahoma game. That game will not define us. How we respond to it will.
“That’s not a hard concept for our guys to understand week in and week out, but I do understand that there is a different – you’re responding to different things,” Herman added. “The first game you’re responding to a loss, this one you’re responding to a big win, but neither one of those games will define us, nor should it. But our response will.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media