The Latest: Tom Herman not sure on number of elite Longhorns
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Big 12 football media days (all times local):
Texas coach Tom Herman isn't ready to say how many championship-caliber players he has on the roster going into his second season.
The 43-year-old Herman was a bit thrown by the question of how many potential All-Americans he thought he had as the Longhorns try to close the gap on rival and three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma. The Sooners have made the four-team playoff two of the past three years.
Herman said on the second day of Big 12 media days Tuesday that "if I'm being honest" Texas has more impact players on defense. The Longhorns ended a three-year streak of losing seasons in Herman's debut, and the defense often carried a sluggish offense.
Herman adds that "every coach that sits up here will tell you not enough, even the ones that are playing for and winning national championships."
The former Houston coach said "it's been a fantastic year since the last time we were here," but acknowledged that 7-6 is not a good enough record for a title-chasing program.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't hesitate giving his blessing to a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Will Grier.
The Florida transfer is the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year, and the Mountaineers hope will become the conference's second straight Heisman-winning quarterback following Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
Holgorsen said on the final day of Big 12 media days Tuesday that he "would never approve a campaign unless I felt like a player can handle it."
Grier is the only returning QB among the top six passers in the Big 12 last season. He threw for 3,490 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first season for West Virginia after sitting out a year.
Grier's season ended in the first quarter of the 11th game against Texas because of a hand injury.
Holgorsen says spring football showed the game slowing down for Grier and that he "knows that he's got a lot of good players around him and that he doesn't have to go out there and be Superman."
Tom Herman returns to Big 12 football media days as a winner with Texas.
Herman and the Longhorns are among the five teams that will take part Tuesday to wrap up Big 12 media days.
When Herman was on the podium in Frisco for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he hadn't yet coached a game for them.
Texas lost the first and last games of its regular season, but finished 7-6 after a 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
West Virginia, with preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year quarterback Will Grier, will also be featured Tuesday, along with Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
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