Receivers told to be more physical
Position coach wants group to fight to get open and become better blockers.
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