Assistant coaches' availability: Sept. 21
Sept. 21, 2011
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Bruce Chambers
Offensive line coach Stacy Searels
On first impressions of the team so far: Well, I think one thing – the offense as a whole has been executing. I really like the way our backs are running. The old guys have had a role, the young guy [RB] Malcolm [Brown] stepped up. [RB] Joe Bergeron stepped up. They all have been running extremely hard, and that makes it easy on us up front. I’m pleased with our effort. We’ve got a lot to improve on. That’s one thing we’re working on this week is trying to get better.
On freshman OG/C Dominic Espinosa: Dom has been steady inside. He’s got a lot of work to do, but I’ve been pleased with his progress. He started out really well the first game, and he’s doing a good job with his snaps and his calls, and he’s holding up pretty well.
On the depth of the offensive line: We’ve got a lot of young guys that if called upon they can step up and carry their weight. Primarily, we’ve rolled in [OT] Paden Kelley as a sixth guy. [OL] Josh Cochran has rolled in and played a part. [OL Sedrick] “Sed” Flowers has rolled in. All those younger guys, the guys that aren’t starting – [OT] Luke [Poehlmann] and [OG Thomas] Ashcraft - all those guys have played some this year.
On if he feels better about the depth of the offensive line three games in: Well, you always want to get better. I want our first line to get better. I would like for the second line to push them. This week has been a big emphasis on guys competing for their jobs and just getting the best five guys out there.
On if it’s hard to keep the team focused with all the good press out there: The only numbers we’re going to look at is the “W” and “L.” And we’ve got three wins, no losses, but we know that we can be a lot better. We know we’re going to play some really, really good football teams down the road and our only goal this week is to get better and prepared to beat Iowa State.
On if having multiple quarterbacks taking snaps makes it harder for the offensive line: We’ve got a job to do regardless of who is back there. I couldn’t tell you how many guys have taken a snap this year. There have been a lot of different people back there. We’ve got a job to do. We have certain code words up front that we have to block the play, and I don’t care who the quarterback is, we’ve got a job to do.
On if he has been pleased with the way Texas has dominated in the fourth quarter: I think there has always been an emphasis with great football teams, you want to be a fourth quarter team. You want to win the fourth quarter. Of course, if you’re ahead in the fourth quarter, if you score more point than them in the fourth quarter you’re going to win the game. But we always want to win the fourth quarter. We always want to wear our people out those first three quarters – take something out of them each play. And in the fourth quarter you want to be successful. You want to run the ball and put some points on the board.
On the different schemes they have been running: [Co-offensive coordinator] Coach [Bryan] Harsin’s done a great job of calling plays and he’s brought a lot of different things to the table that I’ve really enjoyed – the misdirection and the schemes we have. A lot of the schemes we have up front are simple, basic schemes. Gap schemes [and] zone schemes. But when they’re put into the whole package, it makes it easier for us to block.
On if he is excited to open up Big 12 play and get a better feel for the conference: Every game we have played this year has been, for me, like the Sugar Bowl. You know, I haven’t played these teams. I’m excited about playing them, and I think as a coach, if you’ll approach each game, like I said, “We’re going to get better this week and we’re going to beat Iowa State. We’re going to get better and we can beat Iowa State.” If you approach it one game at a time, then don’t worry about anything else. This is the biggest game of the year. Then you’ll have your guys prepared for that.
On if they have begun preparing specifically for Iowa State: They’re 3-0, and they’re a very good football team. The primary thing we’re trying to do this week is us getting better and then as the week goes on we’ll implement a little bit of preparing for those guys. But we’ve got to get better ourselves.
On freshmen OLs Josh Cochran and Sedrick Flowers: I think Josh is a young guy that once he gains some weight and gets a little more physical is going to be an outstanding player. Sed has been hurt and that has limited him. I think he would’ve played a lot more if he hadn’t been hurt. But they add depth and any time you have depth you can keep guys fresh, and that helps us in the fourth quarter.