Re­ceivers told to be more phys­i­cal

Po­si­tion coach wants group to fight to get open and be­come bet­ter block­ers.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Brian Davis bdavis@states­man.com Longhorns

Texas re­ceivers coach Drew Mehringer won’t use the “soft” la­bel. Squishy, maybe.

Of course, his Longhorns re­ceivers look fan­tas­tic lined up out wide. Collin John­son is 6 feet 6. Do­rian Leonard and Lil’Jor­dan Humphrey are 6-5. Reggie Hem­phill-Mapps glides through traf­fic, and Devin Duver­nay runs like a deer.

Still, for Mehringer and this new coach­ing staff, that’s not enough. Bot­tom line: The group wasn’t phys­i­cal.

“I don’t think they played the game as nec­es­sary as it was to be an elite-level foot­ball team or an elite-level unit,” Mehringer said af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice. “And we can’t ac­cept any­thing less than that.

have some guys that have some bad mo­ments out of prac­tice,” he added. Granted, that hap­pens ev­ery­where. But to be con­sis­tent, Mehringer said, “Are we go­ing to play this game phys­i­cally on the perime­ter? We have to. If you’re go­ing to go com­pete with the best, you’re not go­ing to be do­ing it by avoid­ing con­tact in a phys­i­cal sport.”

Mehringer, 29, is ev­ery bit the truth-teller UT

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