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Golden: I hope Tom Herman’s right when he says his team is prepared for Maryland

Posted August 28th, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On what to expect Saturday versus Maryland:

There’s something about a new Texas football season that gets the hype machine up and rolling.

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The Longhorns, ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll, are 13 1/2-point road favorites over the Maryland Terrapins, who rolled into Austin last year and posted a 51-burger at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

That got me to thinking.

Before the 2017 opener, we asked Tom Herman what he expected from the Horns against Maryland.

“I know they’ve been trained,” Herman said then. “Now when the bullets fly, adversity hits, you know, that’s the one thing I don’t know right now. If we have a couple three-and-out drives to start the game, how are we going to respond? If we give up an early touchdown, how are we going to respond?”

On Monday, I asked Herman why things would be different in the upcoming opener as opposed to the shocker in his UT debut.

“That’s something that we talk about very often,” he said, “because of how happy the team is right now, how excited they are to be here, how they’ve embraced and bought in to the culture and have gone so, so hard in training camp, and everything’s great right now.

“But what are we going to do when we get down 10 points in Washington, D.C., if we do? What are we going to do when, you know, another team, you know, decides that they came to play too? So that’s something we constantly talk about.”

Sound familiar? Basically, the preseason stance doesn’t change much from program to program from Year 1 to Year 2. In Texas’ case, Herman says he’s seen a move forward in the development phase because he wasn’t taking over the program in January.

“I think it’s just there are so many more positive things that you can do in a year and nine months, versus nine months, and the biggest being stability and continuity.”

Translation: There’s no way this team can’t be prepared for Maryland because this is my second year as the head coach.

I hope he’s right.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Manu Ginobili retiring and his biggest pet peeve with NFL owners, click here.

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