Longhorns hoping bye week offers boost against Baylor and in season’s second half

Texas defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham said the work the Longhorns have done over their bye week should boost their performance Saturday against Baylor and launch them toward a strong second half of the 2020 season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Will an off week in the schedule be beneficial for Texas?

We’ll find out Saturday night around 6 p.m. when the Longhorns’ game against Baylor at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium should be ending.

Players were positive and upbeat in their weekly meetings with the media this week, saying that improvement was made since they walked off the field at the Cotton Bowl after UT’s overtime loss to Oklahoma.

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“We’ve been doing a lot more one-on-one work, and that’s helped us in being competitive with each other and fixing some things,” senior defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham said. “I tried to focus on my pad level, having more violent hands and block-shedding. I came into the bye week focusing on those.”

With the defense not having played up to the standard it hoped to reach in Big 12 play, plenty of attention will be on that side of the ball Saturday.

The Longhorns have missed more than 40 tackles in conference games so far according to some metrics, so improvement against a Bears offense that has the potential to be explosive, will be needed.

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