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Tom Herman: "We're going to win with great defense"

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The Texas head coach continues to be impressed with his defense, as Todd Orlando's group is now 3-0 in scrimmages.

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Tom Herman spoke with the media following a full pad scrimmage on Saturday morning. In the 10 minute media availability, the first year Texas head coach emphasized how impressed he was with both the first and second team defensive units.

When asked if the defense won the scrimmage, Herman didn't hesitate.

"Absolutely," Herman said. "We're gonna win with great defense."

Todd Orlando's group has taken all three scrimmages that the Longhorns have held this summer.

Herman claimed that only one national champion since the BCS was formed in 1998 ended the season outside of the top 25 in defense.

The Longhorns were No. 98 in the nation in total defense in 2016.

"History has proven in this great game that you've gotta play great defense to win championships," Herman said.

When discussing specific players he has been impressed with, Herman mentioned pass rushers Breckyn Hager and Jeffery McCulloch.

"I wish they would play better on first and second down, but I'm excited to turn those guys loose on third down and see what they can do," Herman said about the pair.

Herman also mentioned that sophomore corner Eric Cuffee suffered a wrist injury after landing on it wrong in the scrimmage. The former four-star recruit will be evaluated by the medical staff and has not been given a time table to return.

Cuffee earned an interception in Saturday's scrimmage, but is not in-line to log significant playing time this season.


When discussing the status of the offense, Herman was honest with the media in saying that the team didn't run as smoothly as a Vince Young or a Braxton Miller led group.

Herman has recently expressed anxiety about the team not having a proven option at tight end, which is a position highly utilized in his system. With projected starter Andrew Beck expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken leg, there's reason for concern with some aspects of the offense.

Still, Herman was positive about the state of his offense.

"We're not dynamic there, but we're good enough to win," Herman said.

Herman confirmed that Shane Buechele would be under center at quarterback if the 'Horns played today, but wasn't ready to officially name him as starter.