For once, Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong didn't have to come into a Monday press conference talking about huge special teams mistakes and the inability to finish, instead able to talk about finishing against the Iowa State Cyclones
-- Freshman safety Jason Hall is day-to-day and was working some at practice on Sunday night after suffering from a patellar tendon injury against Oklahoma that kept him out of the Iowa State game.
-- There wasn't any update on suspended senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, which has been the case even when leading up to the games in which senior safety Josh Turner and junior wide receiver Daje Johnson were reinstated. Given the advanced state of the season at this point, it might make sense to redshirt Harrison and bring him back next season with a chance to contribute for a whole years -- assuming he can stay out of trouble with Strong, that is.
-- Fundamentals, technique, and gap integrity were the main issues for the Texas defense against Iowa State. Strong said that the coverage drops weren't were they were supposed to be, either. Earlier, Strong had said that the defense was brought back down to earth by the game.
-- Strong likes the physical presence of sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who is now getting north-south more often on his runs. He also thinks that he can make some people miss in the open field, too, as he did on a late run down the sideline.
-- Kansas State was a program that Strong wanted to model Louisville off of when he got there. Said that the discipline, technique, and fundamentals are strong with the Wildcats. The discipline especially is easy to notice because of the lack of penalties.
-- The offense is starting to open up for the Longhorns because of the ability to throw deep balls now and because Swoopes has become more of a running threat, which is keeping defenses from being able to load the box.
-- Redshirt sophomore Camrhon Hughes started at right tackle for the first time in his career because of an impressive week of practice. Redshirt freshman Darius James had started there the previous two games and wasn't quite as good in practice as Hughes was in preparing for Iowa State. Strong said on Saturday night that he had been calling Hughes NCAA in practice, for "No Contact At All,", but the development has apparently been there for a player a lot of people were starting to write off because of that apparent lack of development.
-- Strong said that the team was relieved to finally win a close game and get over the hump.
-- Texas put more speed on the coverage teams to improve special teams. Strong thought that freshman Roderick Bernard has done an excellent job with his speed and that he told the blockers to get out of the way if they can't engage because on one return several players went to find a block for Bernard, got in his desired lane, and slowed him down.
The punt team was about senior Will Russ putting the ball in the right place and junior place-kicker Nick Rose simply making kicks.
-- Said that sophomore former walk on safety Dylan Haines took a chance on the interception return, but didn't have a problem with it because he knew the play as a result of film study. It was something that set Haines apart in high school and it's helped him earn a scholarship and make a huge play that helped the Longhorns to a victory against the Cyclones.
-- More balance in the offense has helped Swoopes break more long runs and even though Swoopes isn't that fast, if the blocking is there, he can pick up yardage because he can gain ground once he opens up, according to Strong.
-- Since senior defensive end Cedric Reed is getting single blocked on the outside because of teams paying attention to junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown inside, Strong said that Reed just has to go out there and make plays, as does the rest of the front four.