Texas coach Tom Herman is a realist.
Herman realizes that his team isn’t built in one practice.
Or even a complete session of spring practices.
Herman was upbeat in his description of his team after the Orange-White game Saturday night in Austin, Texas.
Here’s a collection of his comments to reporters after the game:
On the crowd:
“I need to thank our fans. What a great job, especially with threat of inclement weather to show up like they did as enthusiastic as they did. I really felt them [Saturday night] as opposed to last year. Thanks to (new Texas athletic director) Chris Del Conte and his staff for a really wonderful pregame atmosphere, to allow the fans on the field.
“We’re slowly but surely getting to the point where we’ll see the stands packed the way we all hope they do.”
On quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele:
“Both put a smile on my face. I hope we all feel better about our quarterback room. Both of the two veteran quarterbacks looked good and you guys took a look at what we’ve seen in 14 practices with the young guys. I’m excited about the future of that program.
“I thought both of our veteran quarterbacks looked good. We missed a couple of those deep balls. Probably the reason is two things. The quarterbacks had a lot of adrenaline tonight. They were pretty excited to play. And we practiced three days in a row now so our skill guys were maybe a step slower than they were at the start of spring ball when we were hitting a lot of those deep shots.”
On the format of the game affecting his offensive line:
“When we had the (first-team) line in there playing together, we did some really good things offensively. It’s really hard with this format. I get why people wanted us to split teams up and go orange and white and make it a little easier to keep score. But especially for our offensive line guys, it was a little bit of a hodgepodge in there. Guys were playing positions they had never played before.
“I was happy with the offense when those guys were in there. It’s very evident we’ve improved at quarterback, we’ve improved at receiver. And when you watched the first offensive line, there’s no doubt we’ve developed there, too.”
On Toneil Carter’s early fumble:
“It was penetration, somebody hit the actual exchange a split second before he had the ball seated. I’m not concerned about that. I hate it for Toneil. But I think it you watch closely, you’ll see it got batted out just as the exchange was happening.”
On Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s big game:
“Lil’Jordan is about as versatile offensive skill player as I’ve ever been around. He can play outside, he can operate in the slot, he can carry the football. He’s got unbelievable ball skills and is really football smart. I’m really proud of his development.”
On Texas’ running backs:
“We’ve gotten better. That’s certainly a step in the right direction. I feel (running game coordinator) Herb Hand’s influence. You can have the best running back and if you can’t block anybody, it won’t matter.
“You haven’t seen the full gamut of our running backs. But over the course of spring, I think they have improved.
On the play of incoming freshmen:
“I’m really happy with those newcomers, man. Wow, they do not look out of place. There are some grown men on defense.”