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Golden: What to make of Herman’s ‘primal screams;’ should Williams enter 2018 NFL draft?

Posted September 19th, 2017

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes:

On “primal screams” in the shower:

Tom Herman told us he didn’t cry in the hours after Texas’ near upset of USC.

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“I didn’t sleep on the plane,” Herman said Monday when I asked him how he spent the eight hours following the game. “I’m trying to remember. Watched SportsCenter, watched College Football Final on the plane, and I think they replayed the Mississippi State-LSU game, played a little Angry Birds on my phone, ate a sandwich. Got to the car here, drove home, and fell asleep around 7 in the morning (Sunday).”

If ever there was a time for some male water works, it would be after not getting a win after leading the No. 4 team in the country with seconds left but not being able to close the deal.

“No tears,” he said. “There were some primal screams. One in the shower and one when I got home.”

RELATED: Bohls: Tom Herman has a lot to chew on after Longhorns’ near-upset of USC

Later Monday, defensive tackle Poona Ford tweeted, “I thought I heard some screaming in the shower.”

And a few well-placed words of frustration and anger for sure. Close doesn’t count in big-time college football. It brings to mind all those times Charlie Strong lost what would have signature wins before finally breaking through against Oklahoma in 2015.

Herman is carrying plenty of hope into this bye week: Hope that quarterback Shane Buechele will be healthy to take first-team reps, hope that tackle Terrell Cuney, Derek Kerstetter, and J.P. Urquidez will provide some more depth up front, and hope that the Horns have truly turned the corner in the area of bringing their competitive hardhats to the table every week.

It’s possible Texas was playing way up to the competition and could come crashing to earth in two weeks in Ames. That’s the question Herman has to answer. He was part of Paul Rhoads’ Iowa State staff that shocked No. 2 Oklahoma State on a Friday night in 2011. The difference this time around is an Iowa State win over Texas won’t be a big shock.

Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams could make himself available for the 2018 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Should Connor Williams enter the 2018 NFL draft?

Here’s a hypothetical question. If you’re an All-America junior tackle that underwent a meniscus surgery after the third game, do you forego your senior season and make yourself available for the 2018 NFL draft or do you come back for your senior year with a goal of getting even healthier for the 2019 draft?

That’s a question facing the very talented Connor Williams, who is getting his knee repaired soon.

Texas’ best hope is that the injury will buy the program one more season. If everything goes as planned, Williams will be back for the last half of the Big 12 schedule and what the fan hopes will be a first bowl appearance since 2014. As for the current tackle situation, the Horns just got a whole less experienced at the position.

Tristan Nickelson and Denzel Okafor are going to have to really raise their level to cushion the blow of losing the biggest alpha dog up front.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on Saturday night’s Canelo Alvarez/Gennady Golovkin fight, click here.

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