Charlie Strong will not hold his weekly press conference Monday because of the bye week. However, the coach was briefly available on the Big 12 conference call Monday morning. Here’s a breakdown of what he had to say.
- Strong wants his team to play smarter and avoid unnecessary penalties. The Longhorns were flagged seven times against the Mountaineers.
- When asked why the team hasn’t been able to perform the way it did against Oklahoma, Strong had no answer.
“They played well in that game and we just have to continue to improve and get better.”
- Texas struggled to stop West Virginia’s rushing attack and Strong believes it is because of poor tackling.
“We have to do a better job staying in the gaps. Tackling is key and we missed a lot of tackles. You have to be able to tackle well. When a team is running the ball we have to load the box and get off blocks.”
- Malik Jefferson has had pregame stomach issues, but it doesn’t seem like Strong is very concerned with the severity of these occurrences.
“He’s okay because he comes back out and continues to play. I don’t think it’s an issue at all.”
- Strong doesn’t think the team will give up with two games left in the season.
“They have no reason to throw in the towel. They have two games to go play and I don’t think they’re going to throw in the towel. They are going to come out, go compete and get ready for Texas Tech. I just don’t see that happening.
“They’re disappointed because they could have played better. We can’t turn the ball over. When you do that there’s a good chance you won’t win the game, and they understand that. I don’t see them quitting at all.”
- Although he would like Jerrod Heard to play better, Strong most wants to see the offense play better as an entire unit.
“It’s not only Jerrod. You want to see the team play a lot better. He knows what he has to do and he is working to get better. We have two more games left and we have to play better as a unit.”