The Cougars of the Briles and Sumlin eras were very prolific in scoring points but always seemed to get out muscled late in the season by schools like ECU, Southern Miss, and UCF. Coach Herman and staff know the key to sustained success in college football is through having a very tough, blue collar, grind-it-out team. Throwing for lots of yards is fine but you need to be able to smack somebody in the mouth and win in December and January to be considered an elite football program.
“It takes no talent to be the most physically dominating team in the country. Zero,” Herman told the Cougars at practice. “It takes this (heart). It takes a guy saying, ‘I will not be beaten on this rep. You will not move me. I will move you. I will be 1-0 on this rep, over and over and over and over again.”