One of the biggest issues during the Tom Herman era was the lack of discipline shown by the team.
The Longhorns would constantly shoot themselves in the foot, racking up penalty yards every game. There were games where an unnecessary roughness prevented them from scoring key touchdowns, or holding penalties that negated big plays. It just always seemed that whenever the team had some momentum, a ill-timed penalty would happen.
Thankfully for Texas fans, the Herman era is over, and the penalty yardage per game has gone down drastically under Steve Sarkisian’s staff. The Football Brainiacs’ CJ Vogel noted that Texas is currently one of the least penalized teams in the country with just 13 penalties for 98 yards total through the first three games.
#Texas also ranks T-7th in the country in fewest penalty yards.
13 penalties for 96 yards in three games.
— CJ Vogel (@CJVogel_TFB) September 23, 2021
For reference, through the first three games of the 2020 season against UTEP, Texas Tech, and TCU, the Longhorns racked up a total of 28 penalties for 247 yards. They had almost exceeded this season’s amount of penalties in just the first game alone last year.
While there are still improvements to be made this season, not averaging 82 yards of penalties per game has helped and will continue to help the Longhorns insurmountably.
Sarkisian and his staff came in to change the culture, and as of right now it seems like they are doing just that.