Texas Safeties Talk Stopping the Run

When Texas went looking to try and fix its issues last week, the Longhorns turned to more physical practices to help turn the tide.

And one practice into the week, safety Kenny Vaccaro said Texas continued to build off that premise.

"It was good today," Vaccaro said. "Just finished up our first one [of the week]. So it was intense, the same as last week. Just trying to continue what we did last week.

I definitely try to bring a physical presence to practice," Vaccaro said. "But I mean, it's everybody. All the leaders at each position try to bring that presence. But yes, I'm in guys' ears. Alex [Okafor] really is too. I'd say he's stepped up the most as far as talking to everybody."

Fellow safety Josh Turner agreed with Vaccaro's assessment.

"With Baylor it started on Sunday," Turner said. "We had our Sunday practice two days ago, and I think it is still going in the right direction. We came out Sunday practicing hard, even though we weren't in pads, and today was another great example of a great practice. We got after it on both sides of the ball. The offense ran the ball pretty well, and they threw a few passes. The defense attacked the run because we know that is what Kansas is going to throw at us."

That added effort may be especially necessary heading into a trap game against the Kansas Jayhawks, a team that has struggled to win on the scoreboard, but one whose strength — running the football — matches up well against the Longhorns' biggest weakness — stopping the run.

"Everybody knows what exactly they're going to do — they're going to run it," Vaccaro said. "So we've got to get it fixed. Everything has got to click.

"They're a great running team," Vaccaro said. "Charlie Weis is a great coach. I see that they look physical. They're close with a lot of teams at halftime and third quarters. They just didn't finish. I mean, we're definitely not underestimating them at all."

Turner said that the Longhorns were going to have to play hard.

"Not only that they are just going to run the ball, but it's kind of a pride thing," Turner said. "We shut them out last year so they are going to come even more fierce in running the ball and trying to make plays. Kansas is a strong program. They are still building with a new coach, but they are a great running team and we just have to fit our gaps and contain the run."

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