Horns prepared to get physical with Sooners

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The entire Texas Football team is embracing being physical (Photo courtesy of texassports.com)

By Habeab Kurdi

In between the third and fourth quarters, the Longhorns take time to talk to one another as they head into that final frame to decide the game’s fate.

There’s a strong and overwhelming realization the Texas team had in the win over Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. as the Horns imposed their will on the Wildcats down the stretch (and through a big chunk of the game).

They don’t have to try to be physical anymore — they are physical. That newfound knowledge of their own physicality is ready to be unleashed Saturday against the No. 7 Sooners.

“We realized how physical we can be, we really take pride in that, that’s a big thing for our program,” junior defensive back Brandon Jones said.

Plugging physicality into the culture came about this offseason as head coach Tom Herman and his staff put players in position to understand and feel what it meant to be physical, not just act physical.

“I think that's just how coach Herman instills this culture, the physical mentality and I think it shows throughout every position,” sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger said. “Obviously our defense is very physical. I think every position on the field, because of how we practice and because of what coach Herman preaches, we have a physical identity to every aspect of our team.”

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