Following Texas’ 38-3 loss to Notre Dame last weekend, head coach Charlie Strong decided to take play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator Shawn Watson on Tuesday. Wide receivers coach Jay Norvellnow has those duties.
Three-star tight end commitment Peyton Aucoin (New Orleans, LA/ Brother Martin) is eager to see how this changes things in Austin.
“Honestly, I’m just ready to see if there’s improvement,” Aucoin said looking forward to the Rice game this weekend.
Texas’ offense struggled against ND with only 103 passing yards and 60 rushing yards. Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was 7-for-22. Aucoin says the players need to step up, which was one of the major problems against the Irish.
“Failure to convert when necessary and a lot of young kids played, so I’m sure there was some mental errors made in their first game,” the commit said.
The depth chart for the ND game listed six freshmen starting and 23 others in the second and third strings. One player playing in his first college game was backup QB Jerrod Heard. Heard was 1-for-1 for 10 yards.
As far as who is to blame for the loss, coaches or players, Aucoin says it is not that easy to decide.
“There’s no way to tell really, but I just hope things get corrected,” he said.
Watson received a lot of heat after the 35-point loss. Strong’s decision to give the play-calling duties to Norvell is a decision that could work out great, or fail miserably. Aucoin is keeping an open mind and thinks this was the right move.
“I think the offense can only improve from there and Coach Norvell should be the man to bring out that improvement,” he said.
Texas will face Rice Saturday night and the Horns are favored to win by 14 points. All eyes will be on the “new” offense. Texas has reached the red-zone once in their last three games. In order for Texas to win this weekend, Aucoin says the players need to become a real team.
“They just need to come together as a team after this last week’s loss and improve from there,” he said.
Unfortunately, Aucoin will not be in attendance at this weekend’s game. His team plays St. Stanislaus in Mississippi on Friday. As of now, the commit does not know when he will be coming to visit.