AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas concluded their ninth spring practice and head coach Steve Sarkisian is feeling pretty good about his team’s comfort level with his system up to this point.
“I think I’m probably excited over the fact that I think we’ve made a lot of strides,” Sarkisian said. “We’re seeing growth and development in our individual players but also as a team.”
As much as he loves the strides the team has made, Sarkisian is quick to note that as time progresses, so does his expectations for the players.
“The flip side of that is…I also know how far we have to go, but if we can keep that trajectory of growth, that’s exciting to me,” Sarkisian adds. “That remains the challenge, how do we stay on that path?”
The Longhorns had their first scrimmage on Saturday, and there will be another one this week.
Sarkisian wants to raise the intensity level for the second scrimmage and put a little more pressure on the players in the coming days to grind out significant improvement.
“This week is also for really starting to hone in on the situations of the game,” Sarkisian said. “Whether it’s red area, goal line, backed up scenarios, third down, the tempo within the game…now, it’s really understanding the why’s and when we’re calling them and for the situations as they arise.”
Even though it’s still early in the Sarkisian era, he believes that the team and his staff are approaching everything at a much higher level of comfort.
“The reality of it is, I think we’ve broken the ice, I think they know me and I know them,” Sarkisian added. “We coach them hard, we have a high expectation of them, we push them and I think they appreciate that.”
This bodes well for the Longhorns with just over 11 days remaining of actual football until fall training camp.
“There’s an understanding of the style of team that we want to be. The expectation from the coaching staff to the players, and then from the players to each other, and that we’re pushing one another to get there, but with that, we’re still as different parts of the game present themselves or different scenarios present themselves, there’s still a lot of learning to be done.”
The final spring practice will be the Orange-White Game, which is scheduled for April 24 at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m.