Texas running back coach Stan Drayton answer questions from the local media about his strategy for the Texas Longhorns at the Moncrief Athletics Complex, UT campus at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Texas’ Drayton second in command

Posted August 5th, 2017

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Tom Herman made thing one clear on Saturday after the first Texas scrimmage of training camp.

Stan Drayton is second in command.

The Longhorns associate head coach and running backs coach, who came from the Chicago Bears where he coached that position, would assume control if as one inquiring reporter asked in the event, say, Herman was “hit by a bus.” Drayton spent three seasons with Herman on the Ohio State staff and was part of national championship teams both there and at Florida in a distinguished, 24-year career.

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“He’s in most of the meetings with me and Coach (Yancy) McKnight,” Herman said of overall sessions with Drayton and the strength and conditioning coach. “Meetings about motivation, culture. He’d be the guy.”

Herman referred to the coaching staff retreat that they held for two days last week. Herman had to leave the retreat to meet with “a big-time recruit who showed up.” Drayton took over.

This is not to say Drayton is the head coach in waiting. Don’t go there.

But he’s a good coach to fill in if Herman was ever ejected from a game or needed an emergency replacement.

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