Conditioning coach McKnight’s program praised by Herman.
At Texas, the dress code for Casual Fridays apparently doesn’t involve T-shirts and shorts.
The Longhorns returned to wearing pads at practice Friday, and perhaps nobody was happier than head coach Tom Herman ... who was wearing shorts. A vocal opponent of evaluating players in noncontact situations — “I’m never going to comment on anybody’s performance in shorts. It’s not football,” he said in March — Herman relished the chance to put his team in gamelike settings. He told the players as much in a meeting Thursday.
“They grow up in this generation of seven-on-seven. … It builds certain skills, but it’s definitely not real football,” Herman said. “They understand the impor- tance of putting full pads on and tackling to the ground. Training as real as we can and simulating gamelike situations is how you get better, and they believe in that.”
After UT’s first day in pads, it appeared that the team’s MVP was strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight. Herman applauded the offseason work of McKnight and his staff, and he noted that the pad levels and hip explosion of his defensive players had improved since the spring. Defensive back P.J. Locke III and left tackle Connor Williams also