The Texas state of mind

Texas — Everything is bigger in Texas and UT’s football budget is no exception, however the big bucks breed big expectations – the type of expectations that can turn a thrown into a hot seat in a matter of weeks.  Money is no object in Austin when it comes to football but then again money isn’t the metric used for determining their return on investment.  

UT fans don’t seem to think much about dollar donations, rather in terms of emotional investment. Case in point, last season the Longhorns brought in more revenue than most NFL teams, but they still fired head coach Charlie Strong because he lost seven games. Fans don’t spend over $100 million to win five games and Tom Herman, the new head couch, knows it.


Herman was only the head couch at the University of Houston for one year, but he’s familiar enough with Texas football culture to understand how high the stakes are and perhaps that’s what make him uniquely qualified for the job. Having a Texan mindset is what makes or breaks both couches and player alike on the gridiron in Austin.

The Longhorns have a tradition of signing the top talent in Texas and it’s not just because they’re great athletes – they’re mentally prepared to be a UT football player and aren’t afraid to have the weight of the state on their shoulders. One of the in-state recruits Longhorn fans are excited about is running back Toneil Carter, who grew up playing football in the same city Tom Herman coached, Houston.

In Carter’s senior season, he rushed for 1,114 yards and 18 touchdowns on only 154 attempts, giving him an average of over 7 yards per carry. By all accounts, the Longhorns have landed another local standout that’s ready to hit the ground running and carry on the winning tradition in Austin.

 Toneil Carter


Hometown: Houston, TX

School: Langham Creek

Position: RB

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 200 lbs

Rating: 4-Star

Position Rank: 7th

State Rank: 21st




Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

A: Never commit to the coaches commit to the school.  

Q: Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?

A: “Trelon Smith RB at Cypress Ridge HS”

Q: Who’s your biggest influence?

A: ” My older brother.”

herman image: By [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons.

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