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  1. 2019 College Football Crystal Ball: Playoff Picks, Darkhorse Predictions and More Which Power 5 Team Will Be the Biggest Disappointment? Meyer: After defeating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Texas has been the talk of the town this offseason. But this was a team that was worse than its record indicated in 2018. The Longhorns only managed one-score wins against Tulsa, Kansas, Texas Tech and Kansas State, and none of those teams went bowling. Texas also was outgained in terms of yards per play—the offense averaged 5.5 YPP while the defense allowed 5.6 YPP. Add in the fact that the Longhorns have to replace eight defensive starters, and I don’t see a team that’s equipped to live up to the preseason hype. Who Will Be the Fall's Biggest Breakout Player? Shapiro: Texas’s history is littered with impact running backs, and sophomore Keaontay Ingram may be next in line to emerge on the national scene. The nation’s No. 6 running back recruit in 2017 led the Longhorns with five yards per carry last season and hauled in 27 receptions, the fifth-most on the team. Ingram added 15 pounds in the offseason, and he appears to be the feature back after splitting time with Cal grad transfer Tre Watson in 2018. The Longhorns project to be one of the nation’s most potent rushing attacks this season led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger. His backfield mate may also snag first-team All-Big 12 honors https://www.si.com/college-football/2019/08/21/playoff-predictions-crystal-ball-picks-heisman-hot-seat
  2. Take Two: Can Texas reel in three in-state 5-star OL in 2021? Adam Gorney, Mike Farrell, Rivals.com,Rivals Articles 9 hours ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email Bryce Foster Nick Lucero/Rivals.com Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling an issue in the college football landscape. Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell and an expert from the Rivals.com network of team sites or a regional analyst. RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK: Monday: Top 10 revealed Tuesday: Rivals100 revealed | New five-stars | Mind of Mike | Ranking top QBs Wednesday: Rivals250 revealed Thursday: Position rankings revealed CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State THE STORYLINE There are 11 five-stars in the newly-released 2021 rankings and three are offensive linemen from the state of Texas. It is one of the best offensive line hauls from that state in Rivals history and it could be a huge recruiting advantage for the in-state and regional powerhouses if those coaching staffs play their cards right. Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints Episcopal’s Tommy Brockermeyer is up to fifth nationally, Duncanville, Tex., standout Savion Byrd is now No. 10 and Katy (Tex.) Taylor’s Bryce Foster cracks the five-star rankings at No. 11. In its 2021 class, the Longhorns already have a commitment from four-star Hayden Conner, who is a teammate of Foster at Katy Taylor. Some believe Texas A&M leads for Foster, but Texas and many others are right in the mix as well. It’s early but it’s shaping up like the Longhorns are in excellent shape for Brockermeyer and Byrd. Can Texas close the deal with all three in-state five-stars? FIRST TAKE: Sam Spiegelman, Rivals.com Texas and Louisiana analyst “I would say Texas has a unique edge with Byrd and Brockermeyer, who is a legacy there, and Texas already has a commitment from Conner, who’s also among that top group and an early pledge. He’s also an early recruiter for the Longhorns in 2021 so they have the foot in the door for all these elite offensive linemen. The biggest obstacle would be to bring all these highly-rated guys into one class. With Foster, Texas A&M is the favorite for sure.” SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH TEXAS FANS AT ORANGEBLOODS.COM SECOND TAKE: Mike Farrell, Rivals.com national recruiting director “The way Texas has been recruiting and the roll they’ve been on, I would have to think they’d be the favorite for two out of three of them - Brockermeyer and Byrd. Other schools are going to come into Texas and try to steal them away. It is important for Texas A&M to land one of these guys after I think it’s more important for them especially losing the momentum they had this summer to Texas. “Right now, I wouldn’t bet against Texas for anybody and I think it gets two out of three.” https://www.yahoo.com/sports/two-texas-reel-three-state-175130524.html
  3. Watch: Longhorn Network's emotional tribute to Cedric Benson https://247sports.com/Article/Cedric-Benson-Texas-Longhorns-death-accident-Longhorn-Network-tribute-video-134570597/
  4. The 247Sports True Freshman Preseason All-American Team for 2019 FLEX – Jordan Whittington, Texas (No. 34, No. 2 ATH) Texas returns talented sophomore Keontay Ingram at running back but Whittington has been too good in the preseason not to cut into that workload. He also possesses some pass-catching versatility that could open up a lot of options for Tom Herman’s offense to get more creative. He's a surer thing than any of the tight end options and deserves a spot on our team, hence the creation of the 'flex' position and the removal of the tight end designation. https://247sports.com/Article/Best-freshmen-college-football-2019-Jayden-Daniels-Derek-Stingley-134564281/
  5. High school countdown: Salpointe running back Bijan Robinson is the Star's No. 1 football player of 2019 By Justin Spears Arizona Daily Star Aug 17, 2019 Updated 6 hrs ago Facebook Twitter Email Salpointe running back Bijan Robinson, a future Texas Longhorn, has already rushed for 4,801 yards in his high school career, and has a goal of another 3,000 for his senior season. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star Facebook Twitter Email Print The Star is counting down the top football players in Southern Arizona in the weeks leading up to the season. Today: Salpointe Catholic senior Bijan Robinson, our No. 1-ranked player. The rundown: Robinson is a 6-foot, 205-pound running back. Who he is: When discussing Robinson’s legacy as a high school football player, the question that is often brought up is could the Salpointe Catholic star be arguably the greatest running back to ever play in Arizona? “I’ve seen some great, great (running) backs in the state of Arizona, but no question Bijan deserves to be in that conversation,” Lancers coach Dennis Bene said. “We’ll see how he finishes off this season, but he is deserving to be in that conversation, he’s that special.” The legend of one of the top players in Arizona history began in 2017, when Robinson — then a sophomore — scored a 60-yard touchdown in the second game of the season against Mountain View. “We never looked back from that point on,” Bene said. “It was a great run and you knew right then and there, ‘Holy smokes, this kid is special.’” Since then, Robinson has posted video-game numbers in nearly every game he’s played in while also going viral after he hurdled over a Tucson High defender and ran in for a touchdown. Over the last three years, Robinson has rushed for 4,801 yards and 72 touchdowns. One of his most notable performances from last season was his 247-yard and three-touchdown performance on four carries. If you’re doing the math, that’s 61.8 yards per rush. Against Mesa Dobson last season, Robinson rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns — in one half. Pause Current Time0:00 / Duration Time0:00 Stream TypeLIVE Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute Robinson verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns earlier this month. He’ll leave for the Lone Star State less than a year from now. “It hasn’t settled in yet, but when it does, I hope I find wisdom to keep myself right,” he said. “I’ve been in Tucson my whole life and people think Tucson is a bad city or it’s not a fun city for young adults, but being in Tucson gave me so much of everything. I’m going to give this year all I got because this city and school has given me all it’s got.” Robinson’s goals for this season: rush for 3,000 yards, score 40 touchdowns and win a state championship. Robinson only needs 900 yards to surpass former Canyon del Oro standout Ka’Deem Carey for career yards. If Robinson can reach his season goal, he’ll also pass Amphitheater legend Mario Bates who had 2,740 yards in 1990. However, Robinson wants to be remembered for more than just his productivity between the lines. “I want people to remember me as more than a football player,” he said. “Yes, I’ve done a lot of great things for football and football has been an outlet for my life, but I want people to remember me as a kid that has a big heart for everyone. Someone that can help you get through problems and just be a great person to you.” Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson, posing for a photo in the Daily Star Studio, Tucson, Ariz., July 31, 2019. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star Proof he’s good: Last year, Robinson was named the Class 4A Kino Region Offensive Player of the Year, but more importantly, he was the winner of the 2018 Ed Doherty Award, an accolade given to the top player in Arizona. Robinson has a chance to become the first player in Arizona state history to win back-to-back Ed Doherty Awards. Robinson is listed as a five-star recruit for the 2020 recruiting class and is ranked the second-best running back on 247sports.com, and the top running back on Rivals.com. Before committing to Texas, Robinson had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, USC, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington, UCLA, UA and ASU, among others. He said it: “He’s as fine of a young man as I’ve ever coached, that’s the bottom line. He’s very humbled and grounded into his faith and a tremendous teammate. That’s one of his best qualities is he’s a wonderful teammate and he never makes it about himself. Although he has very high personal goals, he is all about the team. I think that’s what makes him so special and so fun to be around. He’s a fantastic kid and I’m really blessed to be able to work with him every day.” — Bene https://tucson.com/sports/highschool/high-school-countdown-salpointe-running-back-bijan-robinson-is-the/article_a09f69cb-4a0e-57cf-9a81-540ee1e970cf.html
  6. Top 10 all-time running backs in Texas history NO. 3: CEDRIC BENSON (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty) Seasons: 2001 to 2004 Career: 5,540 rushing yards, 1,112 attempts, 64 touchdowns, 5 yards per carry Accolades: 2004 Doak Walker Award winner, consensus All-American (2004), No. 3 NCAA career touchdowns Cedric Benson was one of the best running backs to make his way onto the 40 Acres. A four-year starter for Mack Brown, Benson has his name at the top of the Longhorns' record book with his school-record 1,112 carries. The running back ranks second in Texas football history after he rushed for more than 100 yards in 25 career games, falling only behind Ricky Williams. His college career tremendously helped Benson's draft stock as the Chicago Bears selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Benson played eight seasons in the National Football League, including seven with the Bears, before he retired following the 2012 football season. Collegiate career Benson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year starter for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a senior in 2004, he received the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He finished his college career with 5,540 rushing yards to rank sixth all time in NCAA Division I-A history, and second only to Ricky Williams in Longhorns team history. He has often been compared to Williams, due to their similarities in running style, college choice, legal complications,[3][4] and superficial appearance (roughly the same size and build coming out of college, and both had dreadlocks early in their careers), and the fact that they had both been minor league baseball players. While attending the University of Texas, Benson majored in social work and sociology. During his latter years, he earned membership into the Texas' Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll, and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall of 2003. Also, while in college, Benson was arrested twice, once for possession of marijuana and the other for criminal trespass. The marijuana case was dropped after a friend came forward and claimed ownership. He received 8 days in jail for the trespass conviction although he spent no time in jail other than the day of arrest due to overcrowding in Travis County Jail. He was forced to serve a one-half game suspension against Baylor University.[5] College statistics Rushing Receiving Year Team GP Att Yards Avg TDs Rec Yards TDs 2001 Texas 12 223 1,053 4.7 12 17 203 1 2002 Texas 13 305 1,293 4.2 12 21 119 0 2003 Texas 12 258 1,360 5.3 21 9 120 1 2004 Texas 12 326 1,834 5.6 19 22 179 1 College Totals 49 1,112 5,540 5.0 64 69 621 3 https://247sports.com/college/texas/ContentGallery/Texas-Longhorns-Football-Top-10-all-time-running-backs-Earl-Campbell-Ricky-Williams-119712500/#119712500_8
  7. Top 50 high school running backs of all time 17. Cedric Benson, Midland Lee (Midland, Texas), 2000 High school: Benson led Lee to a 43-3 record and three state championships. He rushed for 3,526 yards as a junior and 2,871 yards as a senior. He finished his career with 8,423 yards College: A consensus All-American as a senior at Texas, Benson is one of the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history with 5,540 yards. Professional: Played eight seasons in the NFL with three teams and rushed for 6,017 yards https://www.maxpreps.com/news/oNOYAhHkT0-kHG4ccEfOZg/top-50-high-school-running-backs-of-all-time.htm
  8. R.I.P BREAKING: Cedric Benson, Former NFL Back, Dead at 36 Share on FacebookShare on FlipboardShare via E-mailMore share options Views 0 Shares By Sam Dodge Updated Aug 18, 2019 at 10:46am GettyFootball player Cedric Benson attends KWL's 4th Annual Sports And Entertainment Celebration Honoring NFL's Rising Stars Colin Kaepernick And Robert Quinn at Manon on January 30, 2014 in New York City. Cedric Benson, the former No. 4 pick to the Chicago Bears and longtime NFL running back, has passed away. He was 36. The initial report came from Dov Kleiman, who confirmed the news through a Facebook post made by Benson’s brother Dominic. “Cedric Benson’s brother posted to confirm the news about his brother,” Kleiman tweeted. “It was reportedly a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas.” Dominic “Eye” Benson commented in the thread that “My brother gone.” 74 people are talking about this CBS Austin also reports a motorcycle accident with two people dead. It describes the two victims as a “a man and a woman in their 30’s.” It is not confirmed that Benson is the male victim in this crash, but his age matches the report and Kleiman noted that the cause of death was a motorcycle accident. Benson was an All-American and Doak Walker Award winner at Texas in 2004. The Bears drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His most successful seasons came with the Bengals from 2009-11, where he eclipsed 1,000 yards each time. He finished his career with 6,017 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns. This is a developing story. https://heavy.com/sports/2019/08/breaking-cedric-benson-former-nfl-back-dead-at-36/
  9. Wow! I hope he gets better. Former 5-star Bru McCoy's father discusses mysterious illness https://247sports.com/Article/Bru-McCoy-illness-USC-Trojans-football-five-star-134508599/
  10. Sorry about that. It came up as a new article.
  11. Misery Index: Trouble in Texas as Tom Herman begins second season with another flop FIVE MOST MISERABLE Texas: Maybe we’ve had it wrong the whole time. For all of its supposed advantages and program wealth, perhaps Texas is harder to pull out of mediocrity than anyone realized. The last time the Longhorns were really good, this year’s crop of high school seniors were in third grade. Since then, they’ve only finished a season ranked in the top 25 one time. It takes an incredible coach, a force of nature, to overcome the cumulative effect of that much dysfunction. That’s what Texas thought it was getting in Herman. But now, it’s fair to wonder if his reputation was elevated by a stacked, ready-to-win roster in his two-year stint at Houston and not the other way around. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/09/02/ncaa-football-misery-index-week-one-tom-herman-texas-trouble/1181807002/
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  13. Scouting report. With new offense, new digs, LSU eyes ‘special’ 2019 season https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/with-new-offense-new-digs-lsu-eyes-special-2019-season/2019/08/12/b0379dac-bd1b-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html
  14. Rivals Rankings Week: New 2020 running back rankings Rivals continued to roll out its updated rankings for the Class of 2020 and our focus today is on the running backs. A good chunk of the nation’s best are already committed with, of course, the exception being the No. 1 back in the country, Zachary Evans . Evans highlights a field that includes a quartet of five-stars and even more running backs on the precipice of that coveted fifth star. Below is a brief overview of the biggest storylines coming out of the rankings update as we brace for the season Arguably the biggest discussion of the position rankings was where Bijan Robinson fits among the top two or three running backs. Eventually, the decision was made to make Robinson No. 1 — among all-purpose backs. It’s a testament to the new Texascommitment’s versatility and the fact that he doesn’t have to come off the field regardless of the situation. He’s a huge get for the Longhorns and should thrive in Tom Herman’s offense. Kendall Milton remained right behind Evans as the No. 2 tailback in the country. The new Georgia commitment is the latest highly-rated back to commit to Dell McGee and the Bulldogs. Georgia has a knack for finding bigger, physically imposing running backs and Milton is the latest. There’s no doubt this fall should provide even more clarity on Milton, Robinson, Evans and Demarkcus Bowman and the race for No. 1 running back in the nation. https://n.rivals.com/news/rivals-rankings-week-new-2020-running-back-rankings-2
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