Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert met with reporters after practice on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Brian Davis/AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF)

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OC Sterlin Gilbert: Trick plays ‘are always possible’

Posted September 13th, 2016

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Texas has scored 91 points over its first two games, but the Longhorns have built the nation’s 21st-best offense without the usage of trick plays. Sure, the Longhorns have found success with their “18 Wheeler” package while adjusting to Sterlin Gilbert’s playbook, but there has been a lack of reverses, flea flickers and Texas State-like passes to the quarterback.

Speaking on Tuesday, Texas’ first-year offensive coordinator was asked if he had any tricks up his sleeve.

“I think that stuff’s there in everybody’s offense,” Gilbert said. “That’s situation football, when it might be needed or when it’s not needed. We’ve just got to continue to get better… at the stuff we consider our bread-and-butter stuff. That’s the stuff that we’ve been focused on, right now, early in the season.”

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One asset to any potential trick plays may be sophomore Jerrod Heard, who has thrived in his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Heard ranks second among the Longhorns in receptions (eight), but he was the team’s leading passer last season and he did rush for five yards on the one snap he took from the quarterback position against UTEP.

“If those (situations) come back up, those are always possible,” Gilbert said.

On Tuesday, American-Statesman columnist Cedric Golden argued that Heard should line up at quarterback more often this week against a Cal defense the torched for a school-record 527 yards of offense against in 2015.

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