Now 10 practices into spring football, Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator Tim Beck met with the media after practice on Thursday and offered up his thoughts on the Longhorns offense.
In particular, Beck is satisfied with two key elements of his offense — the coachability of his players and the talent available to him. Both are good signs for the coming season.
“I'm pleased,” he said. “You know, they're coachable. They want to do well. They're learning. They're learning our style, how we coach. They're learning our offense. So I'm pleased with where that group is right now. I think if they keep working really hard and keep believing, we'll be pretty good. I really believe that. I like the talent. I like the guys that we have.”
From a deep wide receiver corps that head coach Tom Herman has praised its depth to a developing offensive line to a young running back emerging to the poise and continued growth of sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele, there are things to be happy about as Beck works to mix and match pieces to find the right fits.
“We keep looking at certain guys, moving some guys around,” Beck said. “Centers, tackles or whatever. That's one of the things I told the offense today. We're not playing Maryland tomorrow so we're working really hard to get where we need to be. We're looking at individual players in certain situations to see what they can do.”
With junior Jake McMillon working at the starting center position in the absence of Zach Shackelford, one of the key developments is whether there’s another center on the roster capable of filling in during an emergency.
Junior Terrell Cuney hasn’t looked like that player since he emerged so undersized from high school, so that’s an area where Beck is likely looking for another answer. Perhaps swing man Elijah Rodriguez, a junior who has played across the line, gets an opportunity there.
At tackle, Herman wants to find a fourth option, and that may be sophomore Denzel Okafor on the right side. On the left side, with redshirt freshman JP Urquidez having moved past sophomore Jean Delance, the more heralded recruit who played last season, there isn’t the same depth.
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As for the offense’s overall trajectory, a dancing Reggie Hemphill-Mapps was a positive sign:
Head coach Tom Herman went in depth about how and why the Longhorns defense has been ahead of the offense this spring, and it sounds like the offense made some progress in the 10th practice.
That’s good news for the Longhorns, and the type of thing that pleases the offenses coordinator.