Tom Herman: 'There is no such thing as a gamer in this program'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 16, 2017

There was an Urban Meyer feel around the Texas spring game, both because of some things Tom Herman did and said.

It started before the game, when the Longhorns began with the Bull In The Ring drill, something Meyer has done at OSU spring games.

“Competition. We compete in everything that we do,” Herman said. “… I think anytime you can get guys in the circle drill and display some physicality and toughness in a competitive setting is always good to set the tone for the scrimmage.”

Herman also dropped a Meyer line, saying there are no “gamers” in his program.

When asked if any players worked harder in the spring game, he said they’d better not have.

“Then they’ve cheated their team for 14 practices if they’re more intense today than any other day in spring practice,” he said. “We don’t have gamers, we have ‘practicers.’ There’s no such thing in this program as a gamer. If you’re a gamer and don’t practice hard, you don’t play, so no one will ever know if you’re a gamer or not.”

The defense needs to turn around if the Longhorns are to fix things, and that starts with defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Texas was No. 89 in scoring defense at 31.5 points per game.

Orlando also coaches the linebackers as his position, and his assessment showed there’s a ways to go.

“I’d like to see more,” Orlando said. “Honestly, I’ve been accustomed to having guys that dominate that position, and we are a work in progress. They care, they want to be good, but there are some things we have to clean up. It’s going to take some time.

“We’re going to have to work like crazy during the summer time and going into fall camp. That’s real talk. I’m not going to sit here and say we’re playing at an elite level.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to