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Herman on the Horns: Day 5

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NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Some quick thoughts from Tom on the first day of real football.

  • Pleased with practice. A lot of juice from the players and good effort all around
  • The defensive players have much better pad levels and knee bend than in the spring. Direct consequence of better lower body strength and improved mobility. Props to Yancy McKnight
  • Hemphill-Mapps was held out with a migraine. Will be held out tomorrow as a precaution and should practice Monday
  • RB is a platoon job. Kyle Porter is getting snaps with the 1s because he has been healthy
  • Toneil Carter is the most fluid pass catcher of the RB group
  • Freshmen TEs Leitao and Brewer need to get stronger, but certainly weren’t intimidated doing inside drill
  • Saturday scrimmage: 1s vs 1s, 2s vs 2s, probably 60 plays
  • Zach Shack at C, Elijah Rodriguez at RT represents our current best 5
  • After the starting 5, Denzel, Tristan and Pat Hudson are the next best 3
  • Displeased with busts on defense and assignment errors on offense. The key is that players just need to go hard - they can clean up the mental part
  • Today was goal line and red zone install. Football in a phone booth
  • B-backer competition: McCulloch has to get better against the run, Hughes needs to get better at pass rushing. Sounds familiar :)