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