Texas is set to take on Michi­gan

Horns’ size and ath­leti­cism im­press Wolver­ines coach With Harsin tak­ing over at Arkansas State, former Texas QB will call Alamo Bowl plays.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Suzanne Hal­libur­ton shal­libur­ton@states­man.com Vol­ley­ball C By Randy Riggs rriggs@states­man.com RI­CARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Texas vol­ley­ball coach Jer­ritt El­liott re­cruits a cer­tain type of player — lanky and well over 6 feet tall. She’s ca­pa­ble of vault­ing high above the net to drive home a point in in­tim­i­dat­ing fash­ion.

It’s be­come El­liott’s call­ing card as he pre­pares the Longhorns for an­other trip to the Fi­nal Four, UT’s fourth in the past flve sea­sons.

Just ask the coaches and play­ers who will op­pose El­liott’s third-seeded Texas team as the Longhorns be­gin semi­flnal play Thurs­day night at the YUM Cen­ter.

“They are freak­ishly ath­letic,” said Michi­gan coach Mark Rosen, whose Wolver­ines meet the Horns in the night’s flrst match.

“They’re huge and play way, way above the net, more than any team in the coun­try.”

Rosen is speci­flcally talk­ing about UT’s front row — out­side hit­ters Bai­ley Web­ster and Ha­ley Eck­er­man and mid­dle blocker Khat Bell.

A year ago, Web­ster was

The “co” re­mains in front of Ma­jor Applewhite’s job ti­tle. But plenty has changed in his job de­scrip­tion.

Applewhite, who shared coof­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor du­ties with Bryan Harsin the past two years, in­her­ited Harsin’s play-call­ing and quar­ter­back­coach­ing du­ties on Wed­nes­day. That came when Harsin was in­tro­duced as the head coach at Arkansas State Univer­sity.

Applewhite’s new roles be­gin im­me­di­ately, since Harsin will not help coach Texas in the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl against Ore­gon State.

Ma­jor Ap­ple­while (cen­ter) will keep his co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor ti­tle, but he will be call­ing plays and coach­ing quar­ter­backs. Wide re­ceivers coach Dar­rell Wy­att was pro­moted to co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. Of­fen­sive line coach Stacy Searels is now as­sis­tant head coach for of­fense.

Bryan Harsin, Texas’ co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for two sea­sons, stepped in Wed­nes­day as head coach at Arkansas State. Harsin, 35, re­places Auburn-bound Gus Malzahn.

RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Texas’ Ha­ley Eck­er­man (10) was NCAA fresh­man of the year in 2011. She’s hit­ting .333 in the post­sea­son.

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