Longhorns plan to continue drill tackling after defensive struggles in win over Texas Tech
Here are three takeaways from Tom Herman’s appearance on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference.
Tackling work starts now
Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash’s return to Big 12 play quickly turned into a long day at the office. The Longhorn defense allowed 441 total yards in Saturday’s win over Texas Tech. Poor tackling in the second half allowed the Red Raiders to storm in front late in the fourth quarter.
Herman said that whatever number of missed tackles they had Saturday, it was too many.
“You just practice,” Herman said. “You go through all your tackling drills, you add more into your body of practice. But in 2020 it’s not like we’re going to be lining up against our offense and running full-speed scrimmages just to get better at tackling. So we’ve got to find a way to do it in drill work.”
Ash’s reintroduction to Big 12 offenses didn’t go as planned, but Herman said that he and the defense are committed to improvement.
“Chris and I had been together at Iowa State, so it wasn’t exactly his first go-around in the Big 12,” Herman said. “I think Chris is well aware of the challenges, also well aware of how poorly we played at times in that game against Texas Tech.”
Running back highs and lows
Herman has made clear that the running back room is “by committee,” but junior Keaontay Ingram had the hot hand Saturday.
Ingram carried the ball 12 times for 89 yards and looked comfortable when called on in the second half. Sophomore Roschon Johnson recorded 16 carries, but racked up just 44 yards.
“I did think he adjusted well throughout the game,” Herman said. “Their nose guard is a really good player. … It took us a little bit to kind of figure out how