Updates from Texas Longhorns Spring Practice

Soon-to-be sophomore offensive linemen - LT Connor Williams and RG Patrick Vahe, both freshmen All-Americans - shared some thoughts this week about spring football. Here's what you need to know:

Where has the offense improved the most this spring?

Williams: We're really picking up the tempo and going a lot faster, getting the play calls in quicker and moving the ball. We really like the intensity and we're moving well. I feel like we have a lot more depth this year. A lot more depth in players. A lot more players stepping up.

What can fans expect to see in the spring game?

Williams: I think they're going to see a highly improved team. We look a lot better and a lot faster. I think we're really moving the ball against a very good defense. The camaraderie of the team is coming together, and we're very excited for what we're going to do this season. 

Vahe: I'm hoping that they see a different team from last season. We've progressed and hopefully they can enjoy the show.

How are you different compared to last year?

Williams: I think I'm trying to bring a little more leadership to the table. Instead of just leading by example I'm trying to be more verbal and we're all just trying to get better at our positions everyday.

What is your advice to incoming freshmen o-linemen?

Vahe: For these new guys that are coming in, I used to be in their spot not too long ago. Just being able to come in and be prepared for whatever comes their way, because whenever you play this game you have to be physical. You have to have a strong mentality and you have to make sure you play as a family rather than a team. I like this group, so we'll see what happens.

Does last season's 5-7 record still bother you? 

Williams: Oh yeah, it leaves a burn. We all want to prove everybody wrong and go out and have a good season.

What are your thoughts on Collin Johnson and Shane Buechele?

Williams: They're working really hard in trying to adapt to the change and everything. They're doing real well in leading and they've been great players so far.

Vahe: I knew Collin since my junior year of high school. Collin is like another little brother to me. I pick on him, he picks on me, and for some reason I always win. As a player, he's just like his older brother Kirk (Johnson). I just believe that the legacy for both of them will continue in their family, so I'm just treating them as another player and another brother.

The thing that impresses me about (Buechele) is that he's a player that's trying to make it. I understand his story that he told me. I love Shane, man. He's a good guy. So that's what really impresses me about him. We make sure we take care of him when it comes to play and all that stuff. He's just one of us. We take care of him whenever we see him. We say "hi." We hang out. We do everything together. And Shane fits in right well.

 

Where has the offense improved the most this spring?

Williams: We're really picking up the tempo and going a lot faster, getting the play calls in quicker and moving the ball. We really like the intensity and we're moving well. I feel like we have a lot more depth this year. A lot more depth in players. A lot more players stepping up.

What can fans expect to see in the spring game?

Williams: I think they're going to see a highly improved team. We look a lot better and a lot faster. I think we're really moving the ball against a very good defense. The camaraderie of the team is coming together, and we're very excited for what we're going to do this season. 

Vahe: I'm hoping that they see a different team from last season. We've progressed and hopefully they can enjoy the show.

How are you different compared to last year?

Williams: I think I'm trying to bring a little more leadership to the table. Instead of just leading by example I'm trying to be more verbal and we're all just trying to get better at our positions everyday.

What is your advice to incoming freshmen o-linemen?

Vahe: For these new guys that are coming in, I used to be in their spot not too long ago. Just being able to come in and be prepared for whatever comes their way, because whenever you play this game you have to be physical. You have to have a strong mentality and you have to make sure you play as a family rather than a team. I like this group, so we'll see what happens.

Does last season's 5-7 record still bother you? 

Williams: Oh yeah, it leaves a burn. We all want to prove everybody wrong and go out and have a good season.

What are your thoughts on Collin Johnson and Shane Buechele?

Williams: They're working really hard in trying to adapt to the change and everything. They're doing real well in leading and they've been great players so far.

Vahe: I knew Collin since my junior year of high school. Collin is like another little brother to me. I pick on him, he picks on me, and for some reason I always win. As a player, he's just like his older brother Kirk (Johnson). I just believe that the legacy for both of them will continue in their family, so I'm just treating them as another player and another brother.

The thing that impresses me about (Buechele) is that he's a player that's trying to make it. I understand his story that he told me. I love Shane, man. He's a good guy. So that's what really impresses me about him. We make sure we take care of him when it comes to play and all that stuff. He's just one of us. We take care of him whenever we see him. We say "hi." We hang out. We do everything together. And Shane fits in right well.


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