Longhorn Media | Beck and Drayton

Both Texas OC/QB Coach Tim Beck and Associate HC/RB Coach Stan Drayton spoke to the Longhorn media today after practice.

TIM BECK

– When asked about the progress in the team after one week of practice. He said “We’re looking for guys right now at this stage, as we’re installing our offense and going through things, obviously there’s more to it. Because we’re not just 14 days of spring, we have 28 days before we play our first game. So there’s more offense, so installation usually takes a couple days longer. So we’re in that phase, so we’re trying to grasp right now our effort, toughness, ball security, those types of things and that’s really focusing and concentrating on that. We know there’s going to be some mistakes but we’re just trying to go really hard right now.”

– He spoke about the offensive line specifically here. “I think that everyone had a great offseason. I think that Coach McKnight, he’s just fantastic with what he does. Coach Warehime’s just a top notch offensive line coach. Still, the development of that group has probably been the biggest that I have seen since I walked on campus here, in terms of attitude, toughness, their strength. They play a lot lower, the physicality of it, real pleased with them. Got to continue to develop depth though, I mean everyone’s going to tell you that at every position.”

– You knew someone was going to ask him about QB Shane Buechele, and he said “I think his command of the offense has gotten better, which allows him to be able to lead the other guys. In the spring, he was worried about what to do. It was so overwhelming, that initially for him, he was in his own little world. Now it’s different, now he has a better understanding so now he can say, “Tighten your split,” or, “Hey, you need to run this, I need you over here.” Where before, he couldn’t do that. His ability to lead and communicate and talk to guys has been a lot better”

– And in terms of Buechele’s leadership. He said “He’s a young guy. I mean, we forget. We act like he’s been here for four years, he been here for one. So sometimes guys have to realize and learn, “This is your team.” That’s something that I talked to him about today, “No matter what happens, no matter whatever, when you’re between those lines you’re the coach and you make things right and do it the right way.”

– He said they’re not the typical spread offense. And here’s his offensive philosophy. “The verbalization of our offense helps guys that want to further their career, they’re able to go to that level and communicate in that manner. It’s not just a one word, “Hey it’s this,” and throw it to the open guy, we don’t do that. There’s a progression for the quarterbacks and there’s protection he learns and when he has to change the protection. All those types of things, so that’s the idea when we say that we’re pro-style, because that’s how quarterbacks operate.”

 

STAN DRAYTON

– Drayton talked about the progress of the RB group through camp so far. Saying “Day by day there’s a lot of good things that they’re revealing, there’s a lot of work left to do. We’re still not timed up in the run game yet, we’ve definitely got to go to work in pass protection in regards to fundamentals and technique. But they’re giving great effort, it’s just a matter of putting that effort in along with some fundamentals and technique, and getting game reps. So we’ve still got our work cut out for us.”

– The latest on Junior RB Chris Warren III, “The thing that he’s doing the best right now is that he’s respecting the game. He’s been a little bit of a lethargic football player in the past, in regards to practice. He’s becoming a better practice player and he needs to continue to do that for the rest of his career, play the game on the practice field. And I think that’s been the big improvement and it was the biggest need for improvement going into training camp.”

– He also spoke on the special teams approach of the new staff, “Here at The University of Texas, if you’re a starter then that means you’re starting on the special teams. We’re going to put our best players on special teams. So if you haven’t earned a spot or some value on special teams, regardless of how good you are in your position group, you’re not going to play and that carries over to my group as well. You have to be of value on special teams to play your position on offense.”

– He went in depth on his responsibility of being associate HC. “Tom Herman expects me to carry the weight when he’s not looking, and he expects that of every coach, he really does. There’s times where if he leaves the meeting or anything like that, he expects me to take over that situation. That hasn’t happened a whole lot, Tom is always around but I know what my role is and I’m ready for that responsibility when the time comes. But right now, my job is to make sure that our culture is intact on both sides of the ball and to make sure that my running backs get better.”

– He finished off by talking about the importance of the state of Texas in recruiting. “They like Texas, they know what Texas is and that’s the beauty when you go out of state and you do wear the burnt orange, they have an immediate respect for the program. They have an understanding for the history, which was surprising for me. This young generation of kids really doesn’t care very much about tradition anymore, they’re all about living in the now and I get that. But when I went out across the country looking at these backs, they had an understanding of our tradition here which was very exciting for me. But we have a lot of interest out there across the country, from the top backs in the country, and we’ll see how those chips fall at the time.”