Tom Herman had a pretty middling first year in Austin, but one of his former star pupils thinks the Longhorns are in good hands.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had perhaps his best season when Herman was still Ohio State’s offensive coordinator in 2014.
The Texas native threw for 2,834 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions as a freshman, with career highs in yards per attempt (9.03), quarterback rating (169.8), and adjusted QBR (87.1). He wound up being named Third Team All-American, and finished fifth in the Heisman voting that season.
Barrett, a Davey O’Brien finalist this season, spoke about Herman at Texas, and is not concerned about the direction of his home state power. From the Austin-American Statesman:
“I think everything’s going to work out for the University of Texas with my man coach Herman down there,” Barrett said in an interview with the American-Statesman. “Just understand the love and care he has for his players. He was one of the main reasons why I went to Ohio Sate.
“That just speaks volumes on how he approaches the game of football and how he takes care of his guys as well.”
Herman’s Longhorns went 6-6 this year, with a 5-4 record in the Big 12. It probably didn’t live up to the standards of Texas football, but it matches the win totals of Charlie Strong’s best year in Austin.
The Longhorns face former Big 12 rival Missouri on December 27 in the Texas Bowl. Barrett’s Buckeyes have a big match-up with USC on December 29 in the Cotton Bowl.