Applewhite Talks Longhorn Offense

Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite talks about the offense's work at going up-tempo, and how the team is working to overcome key absences.

"[The] total team has done a great job," Applewhite said. "The offense is learning each and every day how we can get faster and be more efficient. The defense is getting great workouts. When you look across our league, eight to 10 teams will go no-huddle. This is good for us. The defense has lightweight calls and can get up quick, so now we have to get into our stuff quick."

While the Longhorns used the first week largely as a refresher, now Texas will go to work at finding subs and sub-package players who can help in various situations, Applewhite said.

[We're] putting guys through different drills, going through our red zones and normal downs," Applewhite said. "Now it's time to start featuring different players and packages."

The Longhorns have already had to use some different players because of the absence of Desmond Harrison with an academic issue, as well as the injury recoveries for receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley.

"It doesn't matter if your tackle is out, and it doesn't matter if Mike Davis or Jaxon Shipley is out," Applewhite said. "It doesn't matter who is there … we will kick off in a couple weeks. There are no excuses. We just need to move on, not worry about it, not talk about it, just go."

Applewhite especially doesn't seem to accept excuses from his quarterbacks, something that he's carried over into his treatment of starting QB David Ash.

"I'm going to coach him hard, but I'm going to praise him hard at the same time," Applewhite said. "We just are going to demand a lot out of each other as coaches and players. He's done a great job responding to it and as a coach you've got to find the time to put your foot on the gas and when to lay off of it."

Applewhite said he had varying opinions on Ash's performance in Monday's scrimmage.

"It was kind of hard to grade it," Applewhite said. "He did a good job, but you're not allowed to put any hits on the quarterbacks. I was pleased to see him run and not turn over the ball. At the same time, we had some penalties and signals that he could have managed better."

Overall, Applewhite said he had to give credit to the defense for its play in the first scrimmage.

"I think the defense is much happier after this last scrimmage," Applewhite said. "They played extremely well."

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