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At Texas, the Longhorns believe ‘It is a bye week, but it’s not an off week’

Older Longhorns now view the bye week as a chance to get healthy, not cut loose

Posted October 16th, 2018

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The Longhorns deserve to have a little fun during the off week, especially if you can snag a VIP wristband for ACL. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger and some of his teammates were standing just off stage Sunday at Zilker Park.

So how was the show?

“Oh man, I’m glad you asked,” cornerback Kris Boyd said Tuesday. “That was probably the best day of my life. I love Travis Scott and his music.”

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Texas strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight (left) oversees practice with head coach Tom Herman on July 31, 2017 at Frank Denius Fields. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Before anyone thinks No. 7 Texas is taking it easy this week, the Horns were scheduled to have their full-contact practice on Tuesday afternoon.

“We lifted weights this morning, and we’re kind of all in this same mindset,” safety Brandon Jones said. “I know it’s an off-week, but I’m really looking forward to practice just to help my craft get better, help my teammates get better.”

Strength coach Yancy McKnight greeted players with a unifying message. “It is a bye week, but it’s not an off week,” Jones said.

The upperclassmen who met with reporters Tuesday all had similar thoughts about the off week. They used to believe it was a chance to go home and cut loose. Nowadays, it’s a chance to catch up on academics, study more film and learn their craft.

Defensive end Charles Omenihu said he wanted to specifically look at film of Clemson defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, Ohio State’s Chase Young and Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines, who has 8 1/2 sacks this season.

Graduate transfer Calvin Anderson, UT’s starting left tackle, said when he was younger, “I looked at it like, oh, I get to do something else.”

“As a veteran, I think the longer you play this game, you realize that having opportunities like a bye week give you advantages,” Anderson said. “Now, I look at it like an opportunity to be purposeful about getting my body recovered instead of just taking time off.”

Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) returns to game action on Oct. 27 against Oklahoma State.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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