Tom Herman has been the target of a lot of criticism over the past few years. On Tuesday night, after a dominant 55-23 Colorado at the Alamo Bowl, the 45-year-old head coach finally had an opportunity to exhale and soak in some praise.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t start by thanking our fans for coming out in such a crazy time in 2020, showing their support,” he said.
“They were definitely felt. I know not just me but our entire program and our players really, really do appreciate their support.
“Happy to come away with a win, obviously, with a very depleted roster. I think we counted 18 guys that were on the depth chart to start the season did not play in this game. We started seven freshmen, started three freshmen and two sophomores on the offensive line with a freshman tailback, started a freshman Mike linebacker, freshman safety, freshman three technique in a bowl game.
“I think it was the first time we’ve ever rushed for 300 and passed for 300 in a bowl game, finished the season with the second highest scoring offense in school history, I think a couple other superlatives that I’m really proud of.”
Herman also took a moment to really praise his players for their resilience.
“Most importantly proud of our players,” he continued.
“Man, what they’ve been through these last 10 months is indescribable, absolutely indescribable. They deserve all the credit in the world for going through what they went through just to get to this point. We got to this point. They had fun. They played for each other.
“It wasn’t always pretty certainly. We literally had guys out there that were playing their first snap of college football in the Valero Alamo Bowl.”
Herman’s Longhorns finished the season 7-3 in a year where many thought they could compete for a Big 12 Championship.
Will the program’s dominant Alamo Bowl showing be enough to stave off new Urban Meyer rumors in the near future?
Time will tell.