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Aaron Carrara

Tom Herman Presser Nuggets OU Week (10/7/2019)

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Tom Herman met with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming Saturday matchup against Oklahoma

  • Says team will be burning the midnight oil to try to and find a way to score points against this team
  • Cade Brewer - progressing and will practice (does not have a concussion)
  • Chris Brown will progress into practice this week
  • Demarvion Overshown will be worked into practice. Herman says he will be available this week
  • Jordan Whittington is doubtful. Having him available this week was a pipedream.  Should be back soon
  • Collin Johnson practiced in full yesterday, barring any setbacks he should be play
  • Jalen Hurts is a different animal at QB in terms of style
  • On the public opinion about this game and the potential rematch in the Big 12 Championship and if the game is "diminished" in some capacity.... No
  • Says this is one of the greatest games in college football
  • Keaontay is fully cleared and practiced yesterday (after the stinger in his neck)
  • OU's offense does such a good job throughout the year of adapting itself to the strength of its personnel
  • On Lincon Riley and what he admires about him - says he's been able to stay thin for 3 years and admires that about him (as head coach).  Says he hasn't been able to do that himself
  • Says him and Riley used to talk a lot of football before they became rivals
  • On the trick play against West Virginia late, says they were just trying to score a touchdown (and not send a message to OU). Says what gets lost in the game of football is the difficulty of scoring TD's in the red zone.
  • Herman's first memory of the rivalry is as a GA at Texas, seeing an older lady giving the double bird to the Texas bus as it rolled by.  Says at the same time he saw an 8-year old boy giving the bus the double bird
  • On running out of the tunnel together - says there is not a lot of nice things said
  • Says they do a good job of looking up your girlfriend's phone number and your mom's phone number....
  • ------- Herman answered a phone call during his presser ---------
  • On the 1-0 mentality and managing this week, says the biggest thing is practice preparation. Says for 2 years now his guys have studied their workloads and energy outputs. Says it is "through the roof this week."
  • Says he wants to make sure his team is fresh at 11:00 am
  • On pass rush - says they didn't sack WVU once. Says it isn't concerning but says they need to do a good job of getting on the edge and making Hurts feel uncomfortable.
  • Hurts' ability to run is something Texas is very cognizant of and will prepare a defensive game plan for
  • Says they won't shut Oklahoma out and the team knows this, but says they have to limit big plays and get OU into 3rd down where they have medium-long plays ahead
  • On the Hook'Em, sign/branding: says he thinks it is special and it is special because the Texas program has been pretty good over the last two centuries. Says for him it was really important as a graduate to have the school spirit at Texas. Says it lost its luster somewhere along the way but it is good to see it rejuvenated
  • On Collin Johnson, says this timetable was realistic for his return. Says he was not feeling right in the LSU game and didn't play like himself.  Staff thought his injury was going to be really, really minor.
  • On OU's defense, Herman says they are in the right place and don't have many busts. The multiplicity of their defensive front is apparent and makes it difficult on the OL
  • In the run game Texas needs to do a good job of downfield blocking
  • Marcus Washington and Jared Wiley are going to be magnificent players at Texas
  • On the growth he has seen from Sam... says he loves him like a son. Says they have grown enough to trust each other quite a bit. "To see him develop into the QB he has has been really impressive." Credits Tim Beck with a large part of that
  • Says the same offensive system 3 years in a row for Ehlinger is a comfort
  • On Kirk Johnson's play on Saturday (first time in 4 years he has carried the football) - Herman pulled him aside yesterday and gave him a hug and told him how proud he was of him. Talked about his perseverance and how he loves the game of football. Says it is a really special story

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