By now I’m sure you’ve heard what Longhorns starting left guard Sedrick Flowers had to say on Monday in regards to the play of Marcus Hutchins, who replaced starting right tackle Kent Perkins in the third quarter after Perkins went down with a knee injury.
If not, here’s a reminder:
"The guy who came in could have done a better job," Flowers said. "The next guy up needs to make sure there's no drop-off. You can't say, 'Well, I haven't had a lot of reps,' as an excuse."
When asked if Hutchins should have been ready considering he started all of last season at left tackle, Flowers said, "Yeah, I could say he should be ready, but he wasn't."
Longhorns offensive play-caller Jay Norvell said he didn’t see or hear the comments but he did hear that Flowers had said something. Big deal? Not really.
“As long as our kids are constructive I think it’s OK for our kids to speak up,” Norvell said. “We’ve been talking to our guys about being respectful but also constructive when you do have something to say.”
From the sounds of it, especially with the way Texas has lost the last two weeks, Norvell is a bit surprised that we haven’t seen more of this.
“Our kids work awfully hard,” he said. “When you invest early morning workouts, weight training, sprints all summer it hurts when guys aren’t invested.
“I feel like it’s their responsibility to speak up. We really need more of that to be honest with you. We need more ownership. We need more guys that are willing to stand up for what they believe in, and I think that will show up on the field as well. That type of conviction shows confidence.
“I don’t have a problem with Sed. He’s a hard worker that cares about what happens to this football team. We really need more like him to be honest with you.”
While Flowers took to the media to air some of his feelings out on Monday, the players got an opportunity to do it behind closed doors on Sunday with an hour-long players-only meeting.
“Those can be good and bad,” Norvell said. “But hopefully they got something accomplished, they got some things on the table and we can move forward. I think this football team is growing. This team has to learn from every play. We are getting to a point in the year where we still have a lot of football left. This can still be a special year for this team.
“Some of the best team’s I’ve ever been a part of started out really rough. But if you keep fighting and you keep believing, those are the teams that get better. We have to be that kind of team.”
Whatever was said apparently didn’t stop (or encouraged) the Longhorns from having quite possibly their best practice of the season on Tuesday.
“We had a fabulous practice today, probably the best practice we’ve had,” Norvell said. “We finally were doing some things like a no-huddle football team moving around, communicating. We got more plays run today than we ever have in a practice. That’s a great sign. That’s not a team that’s feeling sorry for themselves. They are working and are excited about their opportunity. They should be.”