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Longhorns’ punt return game still in good hands

Cornerback Brandon Jones is one of two players who fumbled while returning punts last week against Oklahoma State, but head coach Tom Herman claimed some of the blame for Jones' miscue (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — When opposing teams have punted the ball to Texas this year, four things have happened: there have punts out of play, there been lukewarm returns, some fair catches and — ugh — fumbles.

Two of the latter happened in the Longhorns’ 36-30 Sept. 21 win over Oklahoma State, but Texas coach Tom Herman isn’t throwing his punt returners under the bus because of those mistakes.

Nor is he worried that

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .