A member of the Longhorn Band runs with the football team as UT Head Coach Tom Herman watches his players at practice at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday March 25, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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WATCH: LHN’s ‘All-Access’ gives glimpse of Tom Herman’s relationship with his QBs

Posted April 28th, 2017

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In his first few months on the job, we have already seen how intense Tom Herman can be. We’ve also seen his soft side.

One of the main goals of spring practice was to foster relationships between the new coaching staff and the players, so it leads one to wonder: how are the players reacting to Herman’s strong personality?

If his two scholarship quarterbacks, Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger, are any indication, it’s going pretty well. During the Texas spring game, Longhorn Network showed several clips of the quarterbacks interacting with Herman. Buechele in particular seems pretty comfortable.

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How comfortable? So comfortable that, in between taking coaching criticisms from Herman, the 19-year-old took the opportunity to critique his coach’s body language.

“At the beginning of the game, you know when you had the cowboy hat?” Buechele said. “You had your arms crossed, coach.”

“Bad body language?” Herman responded. “Sorry, my bad.”

“My dad always told me never to do that,” Buechele said, referring to his baseball-coaching dad Steve Buechele.

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The remarks showed off a little bit of the young Buechele’s rebellious side. At another point, Herman — who was stationed next to the quarterbacks throughout the scrimmage — points out that Buechele’s cleats are worn and it might be time to get new ones.

“Yeah,” Buechele said. “I like them, though.”

They’re just silly retorts, but they also show off a bit of Buechele’s leadership acumen. If he’s willing to criticize the highest-paid employee by the state of Texas, he should have no problem telling his teammates what they need to be doing better.

Watch for yourself:

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