Texas coach Tom Herman finally discussed his decision to call plays in the Longhorns’ bowl game vs. Missouri last season.
During his press conference on Monday, the offensive-minded Herman said he missed calling plays and wanted to try to rejuvenate his team’s offense, per Austin American-Statesman reporter Brian Davis.
Herman on why he called plays vs. Mizzou: "I missed it. We weren’t playing to the level of offense that any of us wanted. I figured if I could spark some added productivity, then great."
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 19, 2018
Texas beat Missouri 33-16, but it wasn’t because of some career day from either quarterback Shane Buechele or Sam Ehlinger.
Punter Michael Dickson, of course, was the team’s bowl MVP.
Herman acknowledges what was widely-known: He called plays during the Texas Bowl win over Missouri. But, “we had 280 yards offense. We didn’t light the world on fire. Our punter was the MVP.” #HookEm
— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) March 19, 2018
The win still provided a huge momentum boost for the program, even if it was only the Texas Bowl.
Herman went on to say he’s unsure if he’ll take over the team’s play-calling duties in 2018, per Rivals.com reporter Anwar Richardson. But it will be interesting to see how Texas’ offense does in Year 2 of the Tom Herman Era.
Tom Herman said he is unsure what it would take for him to call plays this year. Said coaches and players will be evaluated in the spring. Also said he called plays in the bowl game because he missed it.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) March 19, 2018
The Longhorns made a few strides in 2017 with close calls against Big 12 champion Oklahoma and Southern Cal, but they were nowhere near to the level the program expects.
Ehlinger and Buechele are likely to compete for the starting quarterback job again. Whoever gets the job, they’ll have a massive new left tackle for insurance with Rice graduate transfer Calvin Anderson committing to the Longhorns.
Herman also noted a few injuries, including an update on Buechele, during his press conference on Monday.
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