Texas coach Tom Herman talked Baylor in advance of the ninth-ranked Longhorns’ Big 12 contest on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The high points from Herman, include:
1. Texas is injury-free heading into the game.
There were no new injuries in practice this week, and Longhorns will be locked and loaded for the Bears.
Freshman wide receiver Joshua Moore was held out of practice on Thursday with an illness that included a fever, but Herman said he was hopeful Moore would be ready to play.
2. The Longhorns have not let winning go to their heads … but Texas is a happy bunch.
“Winning is a horrible teacher — it masks a lot of deficiencies,” Herman said. “If we would have gone down and scored in the two-minute drill in the first week (against Maryland) and won that game we still would have had all the exact same problems that we needed to work on.
“No team is perfect, we have a lot of areas that we can improve on. But this team has smiles on their faces when they come to work each day.”
3. Herman is focused on the little picture.
If Texas beats Baylor, it will be bowl eligible and take another step toward its stated goal of playing for the Big 12 title in November and December, but don’t expect that situation to be brought up to the team.
“The big picture always takes care of itself when you take care of the small picture, when you take care of each week individually, each day individually, each hour, each rep individually,” Herman said. They are not oblivious – that are human beings – they all know it.
“But it would do us a disservice if we talk about the big picture a whole lot. It would be a bit counterproductive to what we are trying to do, going 0-0 into the Baylor game this week – that’s the only record that matters.”
4. As good as Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been, Herman said he has not met the coach’s expectations.
“He’s playing well but I always see the things he needs to work on,” Herman said about Ehlinger. “He’s focused every day about getting better mechanically, and that work toward improvement through the season deserves a lot of credit.”
–Field Level Media
–Field Level Media