If you’re wondering how long it will be until Texas football truly is “back,” perhaps soon.
That was, at least, the vibe Longhorns coach Tom Herman gave on Tuesday following the Longhorns’ opening day of spring practice in Austin, Texas.
Herman’s debut season in 2017 didn’t look much different than those of his predecessor, Charlie Strong. Texas lost its opener vs. Maryland and went on to finish the regular season a lackluster 6-6. But there was a new sense of optimism following the Longhorns’ first go around on the practice field this spring.
Herman told reporters following the opening practice that Tuesday was the “total opposite” of what he saw on day one of spring camp in 2017 — this time, complete efforts opposed to slacking, and players calling teammates out when needed.
Tom Herman gives updates after day one of spring practice
Tom Herman says first practice was smooth, total opposite of first spring practice last year. Called out only 1 newcomer for slacking “and the team leaders got on him.”
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 21, 2018
HC Tom Herman: “One thing we talk about all the time in this program that is demanded and not coached is effort and ball security. I think we answered the bell today.”
— Keshav Prathivadi (@kpthefirst) March 21, 2018
Herman: “For what you can glean from a non-padded practice, I was pleased.”
He also mentioned the two freshmen QBs “didn’t look out of place.” #HookEm
— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) March 21, 2018
Texas will host its annual Orange-White Spring Game under the lights on Saturday, April 21. The Longhorns begin the regular season once again vs. Maryland — this time on the East Coast on Sept. 1 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
There will be plenty to accomplish for Herman and Co. in the time before each of those events. Fans will get a glimpse of the work in progress when the spring scrimmage rolls around next month, and if Tuesday was any indicator, they could expect to be impressed.
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