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  1. Augusta, GA (October 16, 2017) - The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award are proud to announce Michael Dickson of the University of Texas as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for Week 7 games. This is Dickson's second time this season as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week.Dickson punted 5 times during the Saturday game against Oklahoma for 275 yards. His gross average for the game was 55 yards and his net average was 51.2 yards making him first on the list for NCAA net average and second for NCAA gross average. Two of Dickson's punts were marked inside Oklahoma's 20-yard line and his long punt for the game was 69 yards. Current Watch List NomineesAdam Nunez, TCUAJ Cole III, NC StateAlan Luna, UTEPAlex Kinney, University of ColoradoAustin Barnes, East Carolina UniversityAustin Parker, DukeAustin Seibert, OklahomaBailey Cate, Old DominionBilly Kinney, West Virginia UniversityBlake Gillikin, Penn StateBlake Johnson, University of ArkansasCameron Nizialek, University of GeorgiaColin Downing, Iowa StateCorey Bojorquez, University of New MexicoCorey Fatony, MizzouCorliss Waitman, University of South AlabamaDane Roy, University of HoustonDerek Adams, Kent StateDom Maggio, Wake Forest UniversityDrew Galitz, BaylorHayden Whitehead, IndianaJack Fox, RiceJake Bailey, StanfordJake Collins, WKUJake Hartbarger, Michigan StateJK Scott, AlabamaJoe Schopper, PurdueJohnny Townsend, FloridaJonathan Hernandez, USFJonny Linehan, BYUJoseph Davidson, Bowling GreenJosh Growden, LSUKaare Vedvik, MarshallLogan Cooke, Mississippi StateLogan Laurent, University of MassachusettsMatt Bonadies, Middle TennesseeMichael Carrizosa, San Jose StateMichael Dickson, TexasMichael Sleep-Dalton, Arizona StateMitch Wishnowsky, UtahNick Porebski, Oregon StateReid Budrovich, USCRyan Santoso, MinnesotaRyan Winslow, PittsburghShane Tripucka, Texas A&MSpencer Smith, MemphisSterling Hofrichter, SyracuseSteven Coutts, CaliforniaThomas Bennett, TulsaTom Sheldon, North CarolinaTrevor Daniel, TennesseeTyler Newsome, University of Notre DameWade Lees, MarylandWill Spiers, ClemsonZach Sinor, Oklahoma StateRay Guy Award TimelineMonday, October 30 - Nomination Forms DueTuesday, October 31 - Final Candidate List announcedThursday, November 16 - Semifinalists AnnouncedTuesday, November 21 - Three Finalists AnnouncedThursday, December 7 - The Home Depot College Football Awards Show (Atlanta, GA)January 2018 - All-Area Football Banquet (Augusta, GA)About the Ray Guy AwardThe Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.About the Augusta Sports CouncilThe Augusta Sports Council (ASC) enriches the quality of life and economic well-being for the Augusta metropolitan area by supporting and attracting sporting activities. To learn more, visitwww.augustasportscouncil.org (http://www.augustasportscouncil.org ) .About the National College Football Awards AssociationThe Ray Guy Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football's most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 22 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
  2. Article by Jameson McCausland Following a 29-24 loss to Oklahoma, let’s take a took a look at how the Texas offense performed: Quarterback The stat line does not fully reflect the type of day Sam Ehlinger had. Despite poor offensive line play and zero running game (outside of himself), the true freshman still had the Longhorns in position to win a big game. Ehlinger finished the day 19 of 39 passing for 278 yards and a touchdown. He also added 22 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. He has basically become the running game for Texas and he has embraced the role. If there was any doubt about whether Ehlinger would be the starter going forward, it was erased on Saturday. It was a far from perfect performance by #11, though. He still needs to improve his touch on the deep ball and his overall accuracy. Even his long completion to Devin Duvernay could have been a touchdown with slightly better ball placement. Ehlinger already has an excellent feel for the pocket, but there are still times where he will leave the pocket when the offensive line is actually holding up, and it benefits rushers. Texas has basically hitched their entire offensive identity to Ehlinger, and while he still has a lot to improve on, he is showing the heart and swagger a Longhorn quarterback hasn’t possessed in quite some time. There are a lot of question marks on the offensive side of the ball, but quarterback is not one of them. Grade: B+ Running Back Kyle Porter, Chris Warren and Toneil Carter combined for 14 carries for 17 yards. They simply had no room to run and were not able to create anything, with Porter owning the longest carry of the day for 5 yards. The running game has disappeared in every game other than against San Jose State, and there is no reason to believe that it will be different the second half the season. I am giving the running backs an incomplete in the the run game because it is unfair to try to give a grade with how poorly the offensive line played and how early Texas abandoned the use of running backs in the run game. Luckily, Texas was able to find ample success using the running backs in the passing game out of the backfield. Kyle Porter was used in the screen game twice and totaled 31 yards receiving, including a 16 yard touchdown. Chris Warren gathered in 4 catches for 56 yards, and showed excellent hands and balance out of the backfield. It is encouraging to see an emphasis being placed on including the running backs in the passing game because Texas has 3 backs who are more than capable as receivers. Toneil Carter did not record a reception, which is surprising because he is widely considered to be the most electric of the 3. Overall, the running backs did a good job of what they were asked to do, which was help help out the offensive line in pass protection and contribute in the passing game. Run grade: Incomplete Grade for everything else: B Wide Receiver/Tight End It was another good game from a receiving unit that is getting big plays from a variety of players. Top receiver Collin Johnson was held in check, catching 2 passes for 26 yards, and that was maybe the biggest disappointment of the game besides the offensive line. Reggie Hemphill Mapps had another great game, hauling in 4 passes for 42 yards, including several impressive catches in the second half. Fellow slot receiver Lil’ Jordan Humphrey lead the team in receiving with 4 catches for 56 yards. Devin Duvernay got his second reception of the season on a huge 42 yard pass. Texas was able to get by with a quiet game from Collin Johnson because of the play making abilities of Humphrey and Hemphill-Mapps. The shiftiness and physicality of Humphrey made him a huge matchup problem, and Hemphill Mapps benefited greatly from the use of the short and intermediate passing game. Overall, the receivers had another good day and it seems that Ehlinger is beginning to build a good rapport with his favorite targets. Cade Brewer has taken over as the primary tight end and played very well in his first Red River Showdown. Brewer had 2 catches for 27 yards and showed good run after the catch ability. With Texas continuing to use a lot of 10 personnel groupings, Brewer saw time flexed out as a wideout. Kendall Moore saw some snaps, but has been regulated to strictly blocking duties and struggled with that. Grade: B Offensive Line It’s hard to sugarcoat what happened to the offensive line on Saturday. Obo Okoronkwo lived in the Texas backfield the entire game and could not be stopped by any lineman. Denzel Okafor and Derek Kerstetter both struggled with a lot of outside pressure the Sooners were bringing. Terrell Cuney was not as effective at guard as he was at Center, and Patrick Vahe again struggled when he was asked to pass block as many times as he was. Zach Shackelford finally fixed some of the snap issues he was having, but otherwise struggled similarly to his 4 fellow lineman. Oklahoma routinely got to Sam Ehlinger with 3 and 4 man rushes. Texas could not run the ball at all, with the only success coming off scrambles from Sam Ehlinger and quarterback keepers where Ehlinger used nothing but pure grit to pick up yardage. In pass protection, the coaches had to often ask a running back to stay in to block so Ehlinger would have longer than 1 second to throw the ball. In a game like this, it is known that winning the trenches most likely means winning the game, and the offensive line failed badly at giving Texas any type of advantage up front. Run Block Grade: F Pass Block Grade: F
  3. Staff Predictions - Texas vs. OU

    The Longhorns and Sooners will square off for the 112th time in history on Saturday afternoon with high-stakes on the line. Last year Oklahoma got the better of Charlie Strong and the Longhorns 45-40, and went on to finish the season at 11-2, which included a win against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns finished the 2016 campaign at 5-7 and failed to make a bowl game for the second consecutive season. The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s Red River Showdown. Jameson McCausland I truly believe that the Longhorns are starting to hit their stride. The emergence of QB Sam Ehlinger and the adjustments the Longhorns have made on offense will keep them competitive in every the rest of the season. Texas hired Tom Herman for games like these. His teams always seem to show up in big games. I expect Oklahoma to come out aggressive after what happened last Saturday against Iowa State. Baker Mayfield is going to have his moments, but I have confidence in Todd Orlando’s defense to make plays. On offense, this is the type of matchup where I see Collin Johnson and Reggie Hemphill Mapps having huge games. Texas should be able to have ample success throwing the ball, and I think that will open up the running game more than we’ve seen in recent weeks. If you would have asked me about this game 3 weeks ago, I would have said Texas’ chances to win this game were slim. Since then, Texas has seen marked improvements on both sides of the ball. Combine that with the injuries and defensive struggles Oklahoma is having to deal with, and I believe Texas will get a huge win in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Oklahoma 28 Daniel Seahorn This is an interesting game to pick for me. Oklahoma comes in to the matchup just off an embarrassing loss to Iowa State at home while Texas is coming off a big double overtime victory over the Purple Wizard and Kansas State. The Sooners will be looking for redemption in s major way and will have a chance to make it back to back victories over their conference foe. I expect them to come out pissed off after last week, but it shouldn’t take much to get them up for this game all things considered. While Baker Mayfield and the Sooner offense will no doubt get theirs offensively, the Sooner defense has been in a very giving mood when it comes to points lately. After not allowing more than 20 points in their first three games, both Baylor and Iowa State put up 41 and 38 respectively. Barring a terrible game plan and execution of it, I think Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense will put some points on the board. And while he is working with different players defensively, Todd Orlando has proven before he can scheme up a game plan that can give Mayfield and the Sooner offense trouble. Anything can happen in rivalry games and as most coaches will tell you, you just throw the records out the window. I think we will see plenty of points in this one and I also think it ends up being tight. I’m feeling froggy after being proven wrong last week. I’m taking the Longhorns over the Sooners. Score Prediction: Texas 38, Oklahoma 35 Ross Labenske Texas-OU. The Red River Rivalry. One of the best rivalries in all of college football. And the game on Saturday will prove exactly why. Oklahoma, led by Bake Mayfield, the quarterback with the highest QBR in the nation, will be looking to bounce back after their home upset at the hands of the Cyclones. What’s also exciting about this particular match-up between the blueblood rivals is that this is the first time since 1947 that both universities are coming into the rivalry game with a new head coach, (which Texas won 34-14). What’s good for Texas is that the Longhorns have won 2 of the last 4 and are 6-3 in the last 9 match-ups that Texas has been unranked and OU has been ranked in the rivalry game. Texas and it’s wide-receiving core, led by whoever starts at quarterback, will have to come out swinging early, as the inconsistent running game might be beat around by the Sooners front 7. But if Texas can challenge the OU secondary, which gave up 343 yards to a quarterback who had thrown 2 passes prior to the game, then maybe the Longhorns can make something interesting of it. I predict the Longhorns getting the upset, winning 34- 31 and being in the driver’s seat for the Big-XII championship. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Oklahoma 31 Aaron Carrara Oklahoma is reeling from a home loss to an unranked opponent that hasn’t beaten them in 26 years, while Texas is riding high after a double OT home win against Kansas State. This is a pivotal game for both teams, not solely because of the recruiting implications involved, but because of second-half season hopes. The Longhorns have momentum and a formidable quarterback in Sam Ehlinger, both of which should be factors in Saturday’s game. Conversely, the Sooners have a talented signal caller in Baker Mayfield, and a supporting cast of offensive weapons that can give the Longhorns fits. Tom Herman got his guys up to play for the Southern Cal game, and I expect this game to be no different. Lincoln Riley won’t settle for back-to-back losses, so don’t expect the Sooners to be under-preparing for this game. We all know that in rivalry games, wins, losses and the like are thrown out the window. Texas kicker Josh Rowland could be an interesting component to this game, as his leg may be the difference between a win and a loss. Rowland has struggled mightily with field goals this season and must come through if called upon on Saturday. Sam Ehlinger has the fire in his belly and has shown he’s a competitor at the highest level – I look for him to have a big game and ultimately be the deciding factor in the win for the Longhorns. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Oklahoma 28 Harrison Wier You never know what will happen in the RRS (I refuse to call it a showdown, by the way). Often times underdogs prevail, and sometimes the favored team wins – by a hefty margin. This game is truly unpredictable, and this year might be even more so than others. Oklahoma is the No. 1 team in the country in total offense. The Texas secondary is facing a huge test tomorrow, and I don’t know if they are ready to take on that challenge. DeShon Elliot and Holton Hill have played lights out football this season, but the rest of the secondary has been mediocre at best. Kris Boyd is once again being exposed for a lack of mental discipline. PJ Locke is having the worst year of his career due to an advanced workload at nickel. Brandon Jones came into his own last week, but is still young and prone to mistakes. Baker Mayfield may carve this secondary up tomorrow. The good news? The Oklahoma defense is not good against the pass, either. Oklahoma allows 232 passing yards/game, good for 79th in the country. Texas seemed to establish on offensive identity last week with Sam Ehlinger under center. With a diminished OU secondary, I expect that to continue. I see this being an offensively dominated game. Texas has not shown an ability to stop a dual-threat QB, and Baker Mayfield is there toughest test yet. After a stellar year on defense, Oklahoma has come back down to Earth and shown a frequent inability to defend the pass. The ‘Shootout’ in the Red River Shootout may have some significance this year. Although Texas is a much improved team, I don’t think they are ready to stop a more developed Sooners squad. Score Prediction: Oklahoma 38 , Texas 31
  4. By Jameson McCausland The Texas Longhorns (2-2, 1-0) will welcome the Kansas State Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) to Austin on Saturday. The Wildcats are headed to Austin after a 33-20 win over Baylor. Let’s take a look at what Kansas State has on defense and special teams. Defensive Line Texas is going to have a tough time getting the running game back on track against a stout Kansas State defensive front. Defending nose tackle Will Geary may the toughest assignment that Zach Shackelford will draw this season. The senior was First Team All-Big 12 the past 2 seasons and has not slowed down in 2017, leading the Wildcats in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (3). Sophomore Trey Dishon will hold down the other defensive tackle spot. Dishon has had a quiet year in the stat column, recording 5 total tackles with one tackle for loss, but holds the point of attack well. Dishon and Geary are both listed at over 300 pounds and will give the interior offensive line all they handle. Defensive ends Reggie Walker and Tanner Wood are both disruptive forces on the outside. Walker was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2016 and will line up opposite of Tristan Nickelson. Wood is in his first full year as a starter and has 13 total tackles with 1 for loss. Neither player has recorded a sack, with the Wildcats getting much of their pass rush from the interior of the line, but both are solid against the run. Expect a lot of pressure to come from the edges, attacking Derek Kerstetter and Nickelson, while Geary and Dishon do what they have been doing all year on the inside. Linebackers Kansas State began the year with 3 linebackers who were in their first year as full time starters. Former walk-on Trent Tanking starts at the middle linebacker spot and leads Kansas State in tackles with 26. Texas natives Sam Sizelove and Jayd Kirby start at the other two linebacker spots. Kirby has had a very good season, ranking second on the team in tackles (25), while collecting 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. In the biggest game the Wildcats have played this season, a loss at Vanderbilt, the linebackers played very well. Tanking and Kirby helped the defense hold the Commodores to 65 total yards rushing. This is the type of game where I would love to see Texas try to test these linebackers in space and force them to play sideline to sideline, but that’s simply not realistic with how the Texas offense is performing right now. Defensive Backs The Wildcats secondary is solid, lead by cornerback D.J Reed. The junior college transfer was named First Team All-Big 12 in 2016 and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the year. Reed has already recorded 1 interception on the season and will match up against Collin Johnson. The one advantage Texas will have is that the 6’6 Johnson will have 9 inches on the 5’9 Reed. If there was ever a game for the Longhorns to introduce fades and jump ball opportunities to Johnson, this is it. Junior Duke Shelley will start at the other corner position. Shelley has 22 career starts under his belt and had 3 interceptions a season ago. Nickelback Cre Moore is in his first year as a full time starter and has 7 tackles to go along with a sack and an interception. Kendall Adams and Denzel Goolsby form a good safety combo. Adams, a Fort Worth native, already has 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery on the season. Goolsby also has a fumble recovery and is not afraid to come up and support the run. The secondary for the Wildcats basically portrays the overall philosophy of the defense. Kansas State is not going to make many mistakes or mental lapses, and when their opponent makes a mistake they are ready to pounce. Texas can not turn the ball over on Saturday like they have been prone to do so far this season, or else it is going to be a frustrating night for the Longhorns. Special Teams As could be expected with any Kansas State squad, the special teams unit is rock solid. Kicker Matthew McCrane is a senior who has made 44 out of 50 field goals in his career. McCrane is 8 for 10 so far in 2017, with a long of 53 yards. Former walk-on Nick Walsh handles the punting duties, and was Third Team All-Big 12 in 2016. Walsh has averaged 39.5 yards per punt in 2017, with 6 punts landing inside the 20. D.J Reed is the primary return man on punts and kickoffs. Reed has already returned a punt for a touchdown this year, and is averaging 19.6 yards per return. On kickoffs, Reed has already had a 96 yard return and is averaging 36.80 yards per return. Texas has had some problems on coverage units, especially on kickoffs, and Reed is one of the most electric return men they will face this season.
  5. TEXAS VS. KANSAS STATE When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 Venue: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, TX Time: 6:05 Kickoff TV: FS1 The Line: Texas (-3.5) All-time record: Kansas State leads Texas – 10 wins, 7 losses Last meeting: Kansas State defeated Texas 24-21 (10/22/16 Manhattan, KS) The Texas Longhorns (2-2, 1-0) will host the Kansas State Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) at Darrel K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening. The Longhorns will be playing at home for the first time since September 9th, when they won their first game of the season by defeating San Jose State 56-0. Both teams are 1-0 in conference play, with Texas defeating Iowa State on the road last Thursday night, and Kansas State beating Baylor in Manhattan last Saturday 33-20. Kansas State leads the all-time series in wins (1o wins, 7 losses) with 7 of those wins delivered during head coach Bill Snyder’s tenure. Historically, the Longhorns fare better against the Wildcats when playing in Austin, holding a 6-3 all-time record. The Kansas State offense will be led by senior quarterback Jesse Ertz, who has rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. Ertz has 1,395 career rushing yards and passed former Wildcat quarterback Michael Bishop (1997-98) for third place in school history in career rushing yards. The Wildcat defense has done an excellent job limiting opponent scoring and forcing turnovers. They held Baylor to just 84 yards rushing last weekend in Manhattan and currently lead the Big 12 in total defense. In each of their first four games Kansas State has held its opponent to 21 points or less and rank 9th nationally in turnover margin (+6). Texas lists Shane Buechele or Sam Ehlinger as the starting quarterback for the game, but much will depend on the progress of Buechele’s ankle, which he sprained in the win over Iowa State. Buechele was 19-26 and threw for 171 yards and one touchdown against the Cyclones. Buechele has thrown a touchdown pass in 13 of 14 games since arriving on the 40 Acres. Ehlinger won his first career start when Texas shutout San Jose State 56-0 and came up short in his second start when the Longhorns lost to USC on the road in double overtime 27-24. The Texas defense allowed just 10 rushing yards and 7 points to Iowa State last week and picked off quarterback Jacob Park three times. In the season opener against Maryland, the Terrapins offense had its way with the Longhorns, passing for 219 yards and rushing for 263 yards. Over the last three games, Texas’ defense is allowing just 11.3 points per game, 298.3 total yards per game and just 41.0 rushing yards per game.
  6. Article by Ross Labenske For the 14th time since both teams joined the Big 12, Texas and Kansas State will play in hopes of competing for a conference championship. The Wildcats bring an interesting statistic into Saturday’s matchup – they are the only team in the conference with a winning record against the Longhorns. Texas has a positive win-loss record against every other team in the Big 12 except for Kansas State, and fans can rest assured that Bill Snyder’s squad will put forth tremendous effort to keep that going. Fortunately for the Longhorns, the game will be played at home at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 6 P.M. The venue is an important factor in this series because Texas has won just four times against K-State since joining the Big 12, and only 1 of those wins has come in Manhattan, Kansas. In short, by hosting the Wildcats, Texas stands a much greater chance of winning than they would if the game took place in the Manhattan, Kansas. With that being said, the Longhorns are not without their fair share of woes heading into this game. In the match-up against the USC almost 3 weeks ago, Texas suffered arguably their biggest loss of the year when starting left tackle and future NFL prospect Connor Williams went down with a sprained MCL and PCL while also tearing the meniscus in his left knee. Coach Herman made a huge announcement when it was revealed that Williams will go the rehab route in lieu of surgery, hoping to make his return later in the season. Since Williams obviously won’t be ready to return on Saturday, head coach Tom Herman retooled his offensive line last week in hopes of patching up a unit devoid of two starters. And to say the offensive line play last week against Iowa State was not good, would be an understatement. Shane Buechele, returning from a bruised throwing shoulder last Thursday, tried his best to escape pressure that an inexperienced and challenged offensive line could not keep off his back. Buechele sprained his ankle in the win over the Cyclones and is in a walking boot, but is not expected to miss practice time heading into Saturday’s match-up. With the Longhorns’ starting quarterback hobbled with an ankle injury, a depleted offensive line, a running game that still isn’t completely there and a defensive front with little to no depth, Texas could be in for a bigger battle than expected. Kansas State has won 3 out of 5 games in Austin, and that momentum may carry through Saturday’s game. While Kansas State narrowly escaped winless Baylor last weekend, they aren’t counting out the Longhorns and will be game-ready at the 6:00 pm kickoff. Texas stands at a 3.5-point favorite over the Wildcats, a line which has decreased from 7-points when the opening Vegas line was released. Will Texas still be in contention for the Big 12 when the game-clock strikes zero on Saturday, or will they have another losing record headed into the heated match-up with rival Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl? Texas and Kansas State kicks off at 6:00 pm on Saturday in Austin and will be televised on FS1.
  7. Article by Jameson McCausland The Texas Longhorns (2-2, 1-0) will welcome the Kansas State Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) to Austin on Saturday. The Wildcats are coming off of a 33-20 win over Baylor. Let’s take a look at what Kansas State will show on offense. Quarterback The Kansas State offense all starts with senior Jesse Ertz. Ertz has had a solid start to the 2017 season, throwing for 706 yards and 5 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions. He has only completed 52% of his passes though, and has struggled with accuracy throughout his career. Against the Longhorns last year, Ertz played through a shoulder injury and struggled in the second half, throwing an interception in the 4th quarter that helped Texas stay in the game. He is also the leading rusher on the year for the Wildcats with 332 yards and 3 touchdowns. Texas will face a true dual threat quarterback for the first time since Maryland, when they allowed 5.8 yards per carry to Tyrrell Pigrome. Not much has changed in terms of offensive philosophy for Kansas State. The Wildcats will try to establish the run game to set up 1v1 situations in the pass game. The linebackers and defensive line for Texas will have to do an excellent job at controlling gaps and not breaking contain, allowing Ertz room to run. Ertz has been in this system his entire career and it is obvious when you see him play. The K-State offense has not faced a defense of Texas’ caliber this season, and watching Ertz go up against an improved Texas defense will be fun to watch. Running Back Sophomore Alex Barnes will serve as the lead back for the Wildcats. Barnes broke onto the scene as a redshirt freshman last season, when he rushed for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns, earning second team Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Through 4 games in 2017, Barnes has rushed for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns. Backup Dalvin Warmack has 84 yards on the season and 2 touchdowns. With Ertz being heavily involved in the run game, the zone read is a huge part of the Wildcats offense. Barnes and Warmack have seen huge holes with defenses having to account for Ertz. Kansas State is one of the few teams in the entire nation that still uses a fullback. Junior Winston Dimel is in his 3rd year as the starter at fullback, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors in 2015 and 2016. Winston checks in a 6’1, 235 pounds, but has the ability to carry the ball as well. He has 2 touchdowns on the season and can be utilized in a traditional running back role when needed. Wide Receiver/Tight End The Wildcats like to spread the ball around in the passing game. Only 1 receiver has recorded double digit receptions this season, sophomore Isaiah Zuber. Zuber has 17 receptions for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. Zuber was a member of the 2016 All-Big 12 Freshman Team and has stepped up as a favorite target for Ertz. Byron Pringle and Dalton Schoen are tied for 2nd on the team in receptions with 6 a piece. Both are averaging over 20 yards a reception and have recorded a touchdown. Junior Dayton Valentine handles the tight end duties for the Wildcats, and he is one of the best blocking tight ends in the Big 12. Valentine earned Honorable Mention All-Big Honors in 2016 despite only catching 2 passes for 8 yards, largely due to his ability to be a mauler in the run game. Offensive Line Kansas State boast one of the top offensive line units in the conference. Right Tackle Dalton Risner is one of the top tackles in the entire country. Along with being named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List, the junior has started 30 consecutive games and was named First Team All-Big 12 a season ago. Opposite of Risner is left tackle Scott Franz. Franz started all 13 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2016, being named to the First Team All-Big 12 Freshman team. Abdul Beecham and Tyler Mitchell hold down the two guard spots. Mitchell saw significant playing time as a redshirt freshman last season, being named to the second team All-Big 12 Freshman Team. Beecham earned a starting spot in 2017 after starting 5 games in 2016. Center Adam Holtorf has the least amount of experience out of the entire offensive line having entered this season with 0 career starts. The sophomore saw limited playing time in 2 games in 2016 and beat out redshirt freshman Dylan Couch for the starting center position in fall camp. This will be one the best offensive lines that Texas faces all year. The Wildcats have only allowed 4 sacks in 4 games, and the offensive line is paving the way for an offense averaging 229 yards per game on the ground. I have confidence that the Texas defense can have success if they are able to shut down the run game and force Ertz to throw the ball. This game serves as a huge test to Charles Omenihu and Malcolm Roach to try to get pressure on the QB. The 3 and 4 man rushes that were getting pressure against Iowa State may not work against a talented offensive line unit like the Wildcats have.
  8. Michael Dickson Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week - Week 5Augusta, GA (October 2, 2017) - The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award are proud to announce Michael Dickson of the University of Texas as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for Week 5 games. Dickson punted 7 times for 328 yards. His gross average was 48.86 yards and net average was 46.57 yards with 4 punts marked inside Iowa State's 20-yard line. His longest punt was an impressive 61-yard punt. 6 of his 7 punts were not returned.Michael Dickson is a 6'2", 215 lb. junior at the University of Texas studying Business. Dickson was a 2016 finalist for the Ray Guy Award, Texas' first-ever finalist for the award.
  9. 2:30 PM - Saturday, October 14th.
  10. Story by Jameson McCausland Following a 17-7 win in Ames on Thursday, let’s take a look at how the defense and special teams graded out against the Cyclones. Defensive Line The game ball should go to the entire defensive line. For as impressive as they have been the first 3 games, they completely dominated the Iowa State offensive front. Poona Ford had another outstanding game and there is little doubt that he will be playing on Sunday’s next year. Chris Nelson and Charles Omenihu both played well and I was particularly impressed with how well both played the run. Texas had Jacob Park uncomfortable in the pocket all night, and were consistently getting pressure without having to bring extra men. The entire unit understands not only their own responsibilities, but what the linebackers are doing behind them. They are forcing inside runs outside, and forcing outside runs back inside to where their help is located. Malcolm Roach had a relatively quiet night, but he flashed several times and was disruptive rushing the quarterback. Taquon Graham and Gerald Wilbon both provided quality snaps throughout the game. Grade: A- Linebackers The linebackers all look to be settling into their roles nicely. Malik Jefferson had another great game and had a huge 4th down sack in the 4th quarter. Naashon Hughes had perhaps his best game of the season, getting a sack and tipping 2 passes. Anthony Wheeler had a solid game in the middle, recording 4 tackles and helping limit Iowa State to 10 total rushing yards. Gary Johnson saw the field, but he did not really make an impact. He will be an important player the next several games with how the opposing offenses will play. Breckyn Hager played often in pass rush situations and had a sack. There are still times where linebackers become lost when are asked to drop back and play zone. Prior to Iowa State’s lone touchdown, a pass crossed right in front of Jefferson’s face and he reacted too late. Teams will continue to work the middle of the field and see if they can exploit some coverage bust. It’s hard to be upset though after the Texas defense held the Cyclones to 7 points and dominated the entire game. Grade: B+ Defensive Backs Entering the game, I was worried about Texas defending a quality QB in Jacob Park and 2 talented wideouts in Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler. The Texas secondary responded and held Park to a 50% completion percentage and picked him off 3 times. Deshon Elliott added 2 interceptions to his season total and is playing about as well as anyone on the defense right now. Elliott added a sack and played very well against the run. Fellow safety Brandon Jones left the game briefly with an injury, but returned and played reasonably well. I would like to see him continue to improve in the pass game and become more instinctive, because the physical tools are there. Holton Hill lead the defense in tackles and looked very good in coverage. Early in the game, Hill was beat on a quick pass in the flat for a third down conversation. Iowa State ran the exact same play on 4th down in the 4th quarter, and Hill recognized it and jumped the route, forcing the QB to hold the ball and allowing Jefferson to get the sack. Kris Boyd continues to have some learning moments, but he had his most consistent game of the season on Thursday. Boyd was responsible for Lazard for most of the night, and held him in check while adding an interception at the end of the first half. PJ Locke had a good game and did not hear his name called much, which is a good thing. There are still times when there are breaks down and receivers get open in the secondary, but the overall defensive back performance is night and day to where it was against Maryland. Grade: B+ Special Teams Texas played its most complete special teams game of the season. Joshua Rowland connected on a big 49 yard field goal to put Texas up by 10 and also had a touchback on all 4 kickoffs. Michael Dickson averaged 46.9 yards per punt, including a 61 yarder. Dickson would have had an even higher average if not for a shanked punt that set up Iowa State’s only touchdown. Texas only had 1 kickoff return for 14 yards and did not register a punt return. Anytime a team goes on the road, the special teams play needs to be solid. The Longhorns were able to win the kicking and punting game, and it is one of the main reasons they were able to escape Ames with a win despite an inconsistent offense and 10 penalties. Grade: B+
  11. The Texas Longhorns (1-2, 0-0) will face the Iowa State Cyclones (2-1, 0-0) on Thursday evening in a prime-time matchup scheduled to air nationally on ESPN. The meeting is the 15th between the two schools, with the Longhorns holding a 12-2 record all-time against the Cyclones. Texas looks to carry momentum from a disappointing 27-24 overtime loss to USC two weeks ago and win its second straight game as conference play begins at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Iowa State boasts a 2-1 record after winning its opener against Northern Iowa, followed by an overtime loss to in-state rival Iowa and throttling Akron 41-14. . Last season Texas defeated Iowa State 27-6 in Austin to snap a 3-game losing streak. In their most recent trip to Ames (2015), the Cyclones shut out Charlie Strong’s Longhorns 24-0 Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM CST Television: ESPN Venue: Jack Trice Stadium Location: Ames, IA Relevant Articles and Information: Stock Report on the Longhorns – Week 3 Quarterback controversy in Austin? Are you #TeamEhlinger or #TeamBuechele? Get to know Iowa State: Offense Get to Know Iowa State: Defense/Special Teams Game Preview – Texas vs. Iowa State Longhorns & Cyclones – Staff Predictions on the outcome of the game
  12. By Ross Labenske With the USC game almost 2 weeks behind them, the Longhorns will play in their second straight primetime matchup this season on Thursday night against Iowa State in Ames. If Tom Herman and his varsity squad want to prove that they are on the rise, they cannot afford to fall flat in their first conference game of the season. Texas and Iowa State have played 14 times prior to Thursday night’s contest, with Texas winning all but two of those games. In 2010, the Longhorns came off an impressive upset of top-10 ranked Nebraska in Lincoln, earning a #22 ranking, and followed it up the next week by losing to Iowa State 21-28 at home. Tom Herman, the current head coach in Austin, was the Cyclones Offensive Coordinator that season. Iowa State also beat the Longhorns for the first time at Jack Trice Stadium in 2015, during the Charlie Strong era. Coming off two wildly unexpected back-to-back wins against #10 ranked rival Oklahoma and Kansas State in Austin, the Longhorns followed it up with a dud, getting shutout by the Cyclones in Ames 24-0. Texas would be wise not to overlook this game, for the aforementioned reasons and more. Iowa State almost snuck away with a win in 2013, Mack Brown’s final year as head coach, losing to the Longhorns 31-30. This game was one of the nails in the coffin with respect to Brown’s tenure in Austin, and Herman’s players need to prepare diligently for a Cyclone team that plays with nothing to lose and everything to gain. For the Longhorns to be successful, they must establish a run game. Texas had 35 rushes for just 68 yards against USC, which was in the bottom 20 of FBS schools in rushing defense prior to the matchup. The Trojan rush defense was abysmal, and the Longhorns were only able to muster 1.9 yards per carry. This will be especially difficult since left tackle and future NFL star Connor Williams was injured in the loss to USC. Williams sprained the medial and posterior collateral ligaments in his left knee and sustained a tear in his meniscus, which he will have repaired soon thanks to arthroscopic surgery. There is no timetable for his return. With the loss of Williams and the considerable lack of depth on the Texas team, particularly on the defensive front, the Longhorns could be looking at another nail-biter in Ames. If they come out swinging and establish a running game early on that complements whoever starts at quarterback, Texas has a great chance at leaving Ames with a nice road win to open conference play. The season only gets tougher for the Longhorns from there, as they will return home to host Big 12 rival Kansas State in Austin on October 7th. First the Longhorns must go through Ames, and that won’t be easy considering this may be one of the best teams the Cyclones have fielded in years. The Cyclones narrowly lost to their in-state rival 2 weekends ago in an overtime thriller and disposed of Akron last weekend, while the Longhorns look to keep some of the momentum from their loss to USC going forward as conference play begins for both teams. The 15th iteration of these two programs meeting on the gridiron should prove to be a good one, as both teams have the talent to put up points and stop opposing offenses. In the end, it will be up to the quarterbacks from both teams to win the game through the air. The difference will be the rushing game, as the Cyclones field one of the best rushers in the Big 12 in running back David Montgomery. Montgomery has rushed for 321 yards on the season, which translates to a 107 yard-per-game average and 5.7 yards per attempt. After incessant criticism for the lack of touches given to running back Chris Warren in the loss to USC, Tom Herman must find a formula for getting his tailbacks involved in the game. Warren is the team’s leading rusher with 212 yards on 26 carries. Will the Texas defense, with all its injuries and depth issues, be able to contain Montgomery and the Iowa State air raid? They will have to dial up the pressure like they did against USC if they want to force Iowa State QB Jacob Park to beat them through the air. The game kicks off at 7 PM on ESPN in Ames, Iowa.
  13. By Jameson McCausland The Texas Longhorns (1-2, 0-0) begin conference play on Thursday night in Ames, Iowa against the Iowa State Cyclones (2-1, 0-0) in a prime-time matchup which will be nationally televised on ESPN. Texas defeated Iowa State in Austin last year 27-6, behind quarterback Shane Buechele’s 296 passing yard performance to snap a 3-game losing streak. In their previous trip to Jack Trice Stadium the Longhorns were shutout by the Cyclones 24-0. Let’s take a look at what the Longhorns can expect from the Iowa State defense and special teams. Defensive Line The Cyclones do not have any players that really stand out on the defensive line, but with facing a depleted Texas offensive line, expect defensive coordinator Jon Heacock to throw the kitchen sink at the Longhorns offense. Senior DE J.D. Waggoner is a Dallas native and is in his first year as an entrenched starter. Waggoner has responded with 8 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss to go along with 1.5 sacks. Sophomore DE JaQuan Bailey had a very good freshman campaign in 2016, and has continued to progress in 2017, where he has recorded 7 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Defensive tackles Ray Lima and Vernell Trent will occupy the middle of the line, and both are good at taking on double teams and letting the defenders behind make plays. Lima, a junior college transfer, has 5 tackles this season and .5 tackle for loss. Trent is a senior who has also recorded 5 tackles and has 1 tackle for loss. This is one of the few remaining games on the schedule that Texas has a decisive advantage in the trenches. There is little doubt that Iowa State will try to confuse and test Denzel Okafor and Tristan Nickelson, but both tackles should be able to hold their own. Iowa State has recorded 8 sacks on the season, but 5 of those came against Akron. Texas will need to try to get the running game back on track and keep the quarterback clean. Linebackers The linebacker unit for Iowa State is widely considered the strength of the defense. Marcel Spears Jr. and Willie Harvey are two players who have shined for the Cyclones through the first 3 games. Spears leads the team in tackles with 27, including a whopping 17 tackles against Iowa a few weeks ago. Harvey leads the team in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (2.5), to go along with 19 tackles and an interception. As was mentioned in the offensive preview, former quarterback Joel Lanning will start at middle linebacker. Lanning ranks second on the team in tackles with 26 and is still trying to find a comfort level at his new position. After watching some of Iowa State’s game against Akron and against Iowa, it was obvious that the Cyclones love to blitz Harvey and Spears through the A and B gaps. Patrick Vahe and Jake McMillon have struggled picking up blitzes at times, and the entire offensive line will have to communicate to make sure there are no free blitzers running through untouched. Defensive Back The Cyclone secondary struggled mightily in the only true test they’ve had so far, against Iowa, when they allowed 333 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air. Overall though, they are a veteran unit that has quality players. Junior Brian Peavy is viewed as the number 1 corner and was one of the top corners in the Big 12 in 2016. Peavy was a honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and led the team in pass breakups. He has had a solid year so far, totaling 21 tackles to go along with 2 pass breakups and an interception. D’Andre Payne will start at the other corner spot. Payne was named the 2016 newcomer of the year on the Cyclones. The junior has recorded 13 tackles and 2 tackles for loss so far in 2017. Kamari-Cotton Moya is one of the better safeties in the Big 12. Moya has racked up several accolades during his first 3 years in Ames, including being named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2014 and being named second team All-Big 12 in 2016. Moya has 11 tackles on the season and an interception. Next to Moya will be Reggie Wilkerson, a senior who is in his first year starting for the Cyclones. Wilkerson has 11 tackles on the year and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Iowa State defense calls their nickel corner position a “star” position, and senior Evrett Edwards has filled that role in 2017. Edwards has been solid in run support, totaling 14 tackles, and will also be asked to cover slot receivers. Regardless of who starts at QB for the Longhorns, it will be a tough test for the Cyclones secondary. Peavy against Collin Johnson will be a matchup to watch closely, and I will be interested to see if Tim Beck continues to try to utilize Johnson out of the slot at times to create mismatches. A year ago, against many of these same players, Texas struggled to throw the ball in the first half, before finding a rhythm and pulling away in the second half. Special Teams Graduate transfer Garrett Owens handles the field goal duties for Iowa State. Owens transferred after a 3 year stint as Oregon State’s kicker, where he connected on 32 of 45 field goals in his career. In 2017, Owens is 4 out of 5 with a long of 40 yards. Senior punter Colin Johnson has been a Ray Guy Award Watch List member for the past 3 season. Johnson is averaging 44.85 yards per punt and has had 6 punts land inside the 20. Backup running back Mike Warren handles the majority of the kickoff returns and is averaging 20.75 yards per return with a long of 35 yards. Wide Receiver Trever Ryen handles the punt return duties and is averaging just 4 yards a return on 6 attempts.
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