Snow Sounds Off on Offensive Line

Texas center David Snow shook his head Monday when he thought about how close the Longhorns are to becoming a strong offensive unit.

He recounted how many times the Longhorn linemen watched a play on film where if a player just took a correct step and finished off a block, the play would have been "out the door."

"It's just certain little areas we need a little bit more, just a foot more," Snow said. "(We're) a couple inches away from a great, explosive run. It will come."

Those explosive runs haven't come at the rate people have hoped so far in the season. Against a Texas Tech team that allowed 3.8 yards per carry to a pair of pass-heavy teams, Texas averaged just 2.2 yards per rush, with top running backs Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson combining for 90 yards on 32 carries. Even worse, most of those yards (58, to be exact) came after contact, meaning that the Longhorn backs averaged one yard per carry before they absorbed first contact.

"(Running backs) all require the same thing: a huge space to run," Snow said. "That's our job to do it. It's the same blocking for everyone."

The line also struggled at times to protect quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who was sacked three times.

Snow said that everyone expected some inconsistencies from the offensive line when the season kicked off.

"We changed things up; we're not doing the same things we did last year," Snow said. "As we work together, we'll grow into it. And as we grow, we'll get more consistent effort. We'll get to know each other better.

"We've had some inconsistency," Snow said. "I believe we're running the ball better now. I believe we're pass blocking better now. We just have some things we need to work on at practice so that we can be a lot better."

But getting a feel for the other players won't necessarily help the Longhorns overcome their mistakes, most of which are mental, according to Snow.

"The worst thing you can do in football is make the same mistake over and over again," Snow said.

Snow said it was important for the linemen to realize that even if five players made their blocks, one missed block, or even one unfinished block, could lead to a blown up play. He cited the cliché that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link to describe the process.

"We'll only be as good, as a whole, as the weakest guy," Snow said.

Snow said he did like the line's potential, and said the talent was there to be a strong unit. He said he was happy to have found his natural position, at center, and was enjoying the change. As for the rest of the line's progress, Snow said it was time to focus on the details.

"We did a lot of things really great, but we did things not so great in certain areas," Snow said. "We can do so much better, if we just fix certain little things."

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