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Tom Herman: Texas to use more “call-it-and-haul-it” plays to avoid drive-opening delays

Posted October 29th, 2018

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To prevent further delays, expect Texas to speed things up at the beginning of some of its offensive possessions.

Five times this season, Texas has been flagged for a delay of game before the first play of an offensive possession. Four of those delays occurred after UT received a kickoff. This season, a new NCAA rule mandates that the 40-second play clock starts at the conclusion of a kickoff instead of a referee’s whistle.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) calls out to his linemen ahead of a play against Texas Tech at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

On Monday, Herman insisted some of those penalties were due to referees not re-setting the clock when the opposing defense took too long to get on the field. Herman, though, conceded the Longhorns need to shoulder some of the blame. With less time to operate following kickoffs, Texas will need to be prepared with its play-calling and quarterback Sam Ehlinger will have to check out of plays less often.

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Said Herman: “We’ve got to do a better job as coaches of — pretty much you can’t check on the first play of a series, because by the time they get out there and they give the defense time to get out there and the play clock’s been running, (you’re) almost you’re out of time. You just have to get out there and snap the ball. I think you’ll see us do more of that, and it’s just as we call it, call-it-and-haul-it plays, where it’s good against pretty much everything that they do.”

Texas (6-2; 4-1 Big 12) will welcome West Virginia (6-1; 4-1) to Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Mountaineers are allowing 19.6 points per game.

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