Herman’s head has ‘Horns in elite air

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Texas football head coach Tom Herman is up for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, one of 20 coaches nominated for the honor (Photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — Tom Herman’s head has the Longhorns hanging in elite air with the top teams in the nation once more.

Heading into their bye week, the Texas head coach has been named to the 2018 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list, which includes 20 coaches.

The No. 7 Longhorns stand at 6-1 with six straight wins, and the Longhorns lead the Big 12 Conference at 4-0.

The change in mentality, attitude and eagerness comes from the top, where Herman has instilled a cultural shift that makes his players look forward to practice, to improving, to becoming a complete team.

“If you’re not of the mindset that you ‘get to go to practice today’ rather than you ‘have to go to practice today,’ than do you really love football?” Herman asked Wednesday during media availability. “Hopefully most of the team right now is of the mindset of ‘when’s practice?’”

Seeing his team eagerly coming in ready to get better has the head coach happy at their approach.

“(They come in saying) ‘I gotta get this, this and this better because I’m not a finished product yet, I’m not a complete player yet, I gotta get this better so I can help my team get better.’ I think that attitude has permeated most of the locker room.”

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