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  1. After cruising to a win over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night, Texas found itself facing some adversity Friday night in El Paso against Arkansas. Despite a shooting slump in the second half that included nearly 9 minutes without a field goal, the Longhorns pulled out a 73-71 victory over the Razorbacks. The victory moves Texas to 2-0 on the season. After sitting out the season opener due to a suspension, Kerwin Roach led the Longhorns with 18 points, including the game tying three pointer at the end of regulation. Roach also added 11 rebounds and 2 assists. It was a quiet night for PG Matt Coleman, who finished the evening with 2 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. As a team, the Longhorns shot a putrid 31% from the field and 32% from deep. It appeared the Razorbacks were going to pull out a close victory late in the second half when Daniel Gafford headed to the free throw line for two shots and Arkansas leading 62-60 with 10 seconds remaining. Gafford made the first attempt, but missed the second. Roach grabbed the rebound and sprinted down floor before nailing a 3-pointer to knot the game at 63. In overtime, the two teams traded blows before freshman Courtney Ramey hit a floater with 49 seconds left to pull Texas ahead 72-71. Ramey finished the game with 10 points and played a key role after Coleman fouled out in overtime. Elijah Mitrou-Long added a free throw with 22 seconds left and the Longhorns survived a frantic final possession from Arkansas that included several good looks around the basket and a missed three pointer as time expired. Texas will return to action on Monday at the Erwin Center against Louisiana Monroe. The game will tip off at 7 PM and be broadcasted on LHN.
  2. Texas has settled in nicely and leads 29-20 with 6:46 to play in the first half.
  3. Arkansas takes a timeout after Texas goes on a 12-3 run. The Longhorns are 4 for 10 from deep to start the game.
  4. Texas can't get anything to fall right now. Arkansas up 12-5 at the U16 timeout.
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    Injury update heading into Saturday

    Tom Herman met with the media following Thursday's practice and talked about some key injury news as the Longhorns prepare to travel to Lubbock: The biggest news is WR Collin Johnson tweaked his knee in practice. Herman said he still expects Johnson to play, but it will be something worth monitoring in the next 48 hours. DE Breckyn Hager (dislocated elbow) practiced today and will likely play against Tech. Hager will likely be on a snap count. CB Devante Davis (shoulder sprain) practiced all week and will be good to go S Brandon Jones is still day-to-day with an ankle injury and is questionable. No suspensions or missed meetings with week
  6. Texas basketball opened the 4th year of the Shaka Smart era with a 71-59 victory over Eastern Illinois. The Longhorns had 11 players log minutes and featured a balanced scoring attack with only Matt Coleman and Jaxson Hayes registering double figures. Coleman entered the 2018 season with big expectations following a solid freshman season, and the sophomore delivered with a team high 13 points and 7 assists. Hayes shined in his Texas debut and has the makings of a player who can become a star if he reaches his fullest potential. Eastern Illinois hung with the Longhorns for most of the first half before Texas went on a 13-3 run to head into halftime with a 38-28 lead. The second half featured a lot of mixing and matching for Smart, who at one time had 4 freshman playing together. Junior Andrew Jones also made an emotional return to the court after a long battle with Leukemia. The Irving native logged 9 minutes in his return and collected his only point of the night on a made free throw. During his media availability last week, Smart talked about wanting to be more efficient and play faster on offense. The results were mixed on opening night, with Texas shooting 50% from the field, but only 32% from deep and a dreadful 55% from the free throw line. Smart also can not be happy with the Longhorns performance on the glass, where they surrendered 10 offensive rebounds and only out-rebounded the Panthers 35 to 34. Without senior G Kerwin Roach, who was serving a one game suspension for violating team rules, Texas leaned heavily on Elijah Mitrou-Long, who was forced to sit out the 2017 season after transferring from Mount St. Mary's. In his Longhorns debut, Mitrou-Long finished with 9 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. The Longhorns will welcome back Roach on Friday night when they travel to El Paso to play Arkansas in the Armed Forces Classic. The game will tip off at 6 PM and be broadcasted on ESPN.
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    Breaking down the Texas defense (Jameson McCausland)

    Some of the blitzes Texas has been using when they are trying to bring extra guys have been very questionable. It's easy for a defense to pick up a blitz if its PJ Locke coming from 15 yards away from his nickel position.
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    Injury notes and a brief suspension

    Tom Herman met with the media after Thursday and revealed some key news ahead of Saturday's showdown with West Virginia. Starting DT Chris Nelson rolled his ankle in practice and will not play on Saturday. Gerald Wilbon will start in his place. D'Andre Christmas, Jamari Chisholm and Keondre Coburn could all see action. Malcolm Roach has been cleared to play a limited number of plays. Josh Moore underwent shoulder surgery and will be out for a while. Anthony Wheeler will be suspended the first series after getting his weightlifting days mixed up. Herman said Jeffrey McCulloch will start in his place.
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    Offensive Preview: Baylor

    Baylor has quietly gone 4-2 to start 2018 after winning 1 game all of last season. Part of the success in Matt Rhule’s second season can be attributed to a favorable schedule in the first half, but the Bears have also played better football this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Baylor offense on Saturday afternoon: Quarterback Baylor lists Charlie Brewer and Jalan McClendon as co-starters on the depth chart, but Brewer is the unquestioned starter. The sophomore from Lake Travis took every snap last week against Kansas State and has made strides after taking over the reigns as a freshman in 2017. Brewer has thrown for 1558 yards and 9 touchdowns compared to just 2 interceptions. Brewer is a strong-armed QB who has learned in his second season that it’s okay to throw it up to his two primary targets, Denzel Mims and Jalen Hurd, and let them make a play. Brewer is not much of a threat as a runner, but his passing has made notable improvements and he now has the weapons around him to make the Baylor offense respectable. Running Back The bulk of the carries are split pretty equally between 3 talented backs: JaMycal Hasty, John Lovett and Trestan Ebner. Hasty and Lovett are more natural runners who do a nice job running between the tackles. Ebner was a former TCU defensive back commit who flipped to Baylor with the promise he would be utilized on offense. He will be involved heavily in the passing game, with 15 receptions already on the season. Wide Receiver As mentioned above, Denzel Mims and Jalen Hurd make life a lot easier for Charlie Brewer. Mims had over 1000 yards receiving a season ago and is off to a strong start so far in 2018, hauling in 32 passes for 449 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is a good route runner for his size (6’3) and will be a handful for Davante Davis and Kris Boyd. Hurd is a former standout running back for Tennessee who transferred after he felt he was being misused and wanted to switch positions. Baylor welcomed him with open arms, and he has rewarded them with 550 yards and 3 touchdowns through the first half of the season. Hurd also has 19 carries for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, meaning he will still see time as a traditional running back in the backfield. Senior Chris Platt will serve as the the primary option out of the slot. Offensive Line The Bears boast a veteran offensive line unit, but it has not translated to a lot of success. The unit would likely rank in the lower half of the Big 12, with pass protection being a big concern. Baylor is allowing 3 sacks per game so far this season, ranking 108th in the FBS. LT Jake Fruhmorgan is the Bears’ biggest name. The Clemson transfer who enrolled at Florida in 2017 before transferring again to Baylor has been solid, but not spectacular. Guard Johncarlo Valentin is another transfer, coming from the junior college ranks after being considered one of the top junior college guards in the country in 2017. It is surprising to see the Bears only averaging 174 rushing yards per game, considering their schedule thus far. The passing game has become the focal point of the offense, which means the Texas secondary and defensive line will face another big test. The difference is, this time they will not have to worry about Kylar Murray running wild outside of the pocket.
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    Offensive Preview: Oklahoma

    ShareTweet It has been a long time since a Texas-Oklahoma game has had this much hype. The Longhorns enter the Red River Showdown with a 4-1 record and are winners of four straight, while the Sooners have rolled to a 5-0 record without much issue aside from an overtime scare from Army. As has been the case since he arrived in Norman, Lincoln Riley has the Oklahoma offense performing at a high level. Let’s a look at what to expect from the Sooners offense: Quarterback Fans around the country who were hoping for a drop-off in production with the departure of Baker Mayfield have been disappointed. Kyler Murray has taken over the reigns of Lincoln Riley’s offense, and the Sooners have not missed a beat. Murray has tossed 17 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions through 5 games, completing 70.6% of his passes for 1460 yards. He has also added 285 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Murray has many of the same traits that helped make Mayfield successful in the air raid system. He has a very strong arm, is accurate and brings an extra dimension with his speed. The Longhorns will have to find a way to keep Murray in the pocket and generate pressure to make him uncomfortable. It is easier said than done with the way Oklahoma’s offense has rolled through the first month of the season. Running Back Oklahoma suffered a huge loss in week 2 of the season when Rodney Anderson went down with a season-ending knee injury. In Anderson’s absence, sophomore Trey Sermon has taken over the bulk of the carries. Sermon has 294 yards on 55 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He is a shifty and tough runner between the tackles who is built well for the type of running Oklahoma likes to do. Kennedy Brooks presents more of a home run threat, and the Mansfield native is averaging over 13 yards per carry. Wide Receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and CeeDee Lamb have already combined for 10 touchdowns this season. and serve as the top two options for Murray. Brown reminds me a little bit of Dede Westbrook. His speed makes him a vertical threat, but he also works underneath and his quickness makes him a matchup nightmare. Lamb stands a little bit taller at 6’2 and is a superb route runner. Murray’s old high school teammate Lee Morris will also factor into the receiver rotation and has already notched 3 touchdowns on the season. Sophomore Grant Calcaterra is an X-factor at the TE position. Lincoln Riley would love to get Calcaterra matched up on PJ Locke or a linebacker, where he can use his 6’4 size and ball skills. Calcaterra has only 9 catches on the season, but will take on a larger role as the season progresses. Offensive Line The Sooners offensive line has a few question marks entering the Red River Showdown. Starting left guard Ben Powers missed last Saturday’s game against Baylor with an injury and is questionable against Texas. Oklahoma is only allowing 1.20 sacks per game, but the unit had some struggles against the Bears. Redshirt freshman Creed Humphrey is the only new starter on the unit. Left tackle Bobby Evans is another Allen High School graduate who played with Kyler Murray.
  12. For the 4th straight week, the Longhorns came away victorious. It was not pretty, but Texas’ win over Kansas State gives the Longhorns their first 2-0 start to conference play since 2013. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from an eventful game in Manhattan: The Good The Defensive Line It was a big game for Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager, who both entered Saturday needing to get more pressure on the quarterback. Omenihu responded with two sacks, with his second resulting in a safety. Hager picked up his first sack of the season and finished the game with 4 total pressures. The pass he batted down at the line of scrimmage late in the 4th quarter saved the game for the Longhorns. In addition to big games from the defensive ends, Chris Nelson and Gerald Wilbon did a good job of holding their own in the middle of the defensive line. Nelson had several disruptive plays in the backfield and Wilbon played well in a backup role. Time-consuming Drives As Tom Herman and Sam Ehlinger pointed out after the game, it is the 4th straight game the Longhorns have ended by taking a knee on the opponent’s side of the field. One of the biggest struggles in recent years for Texas is generating yards in the run game when everyone knows it’s coming. Against the Wildcats, it was Keaontay Ingram who carried the load with the game on the line with an assist from Sam Ehlinger, who had a couple of key first down runs on QB draws. In a game where the offense was only responsible for 7 points, a small bit of credit goes to the coaching staff for not just ramming it up the middle 3 times and trusting their defense. The bad Losing the Penalty Battle For the 4th time in 5 games, Texas lost the penalty battle to the opposition. The Longhorns were penalized 10 times for over 100 yards, while the Wildcats were only called for 1 penalty, which ended up being offset by a Kris Boyd hold. Texas is ranked as one of the most penalized teams in the country, and it is a trend that has to end if the Longhorns want to take the next step and compete for a Big 12 title. Tom Herman took a subtle shot at Big 12 officiating in general after the game when he commented that he has to teach his offensive players how to draw penalties, but the Longhorns also have to quit getting in their own way. There is no reason for Andrew Beck to shove a guy in a back right in front of an official, or for Zach Shackelford to cheap shot somebody 10 yards away from the ball. Pass Defense Texas had an excellent game plan heading into Manhattan. The Longhorns sold out to stop the run because they knew Alex Delton would not be able to beat them through the air. The only problem was that the defense never found their grove after Bill Snyder went back to Skylar Thompson to start the second half. In my opinion, the Longhorns needed to drop 7 into coverage and force Thompson to squeeze the ball through tight windows. Instead they opted to crank up the pressure, resulting in a lot of quick completions and leaving Kris Boyd and Davante Davis on an island. Although the Wildcats only mustered 110 passing yards, it was not the best day for the Longhorn secondary. The Ugly Punting Tom Herman and his staff are walking a tightrope when it comes to the punting unit. Ryan Bujcevski found himself under extreme pressure again and had a punt partially blocked due to a high snap. The word is out by now that Texas is struggling to protect their punter, and every remaining team on the schedule has access to film. It does not fall all on Bujcevski, however. He had to handle a snap that almost sailed over his head and his personal protectors continue to give players free paths to the ball. Offensive Efficiency The Texas offense had 8 possessions Saturday afternoon and they went as follows: Punt, TD pass to Collin Johnson, Field goal, punt, punt, missed field goal, punt and the final possession that resulted in a kneel down. It was an odd game, with both teams keeping the ball for long periods of time. Regardless, Texas stalled on offense far too many times against a defense that had been shredded by the two power 5 offenses it faced up to that point. Tom Herman said after the game that the plan was to keep Kansas State’s offense off the field, but 7 points from his offense could not have been what he was hoping for. Herman admitted it was an ugly win, and the Texas offense will need to turn in better performances in the coming weeks when the Longhorns could find themselves in a shootout or two.
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    Defensive Preview: Kansas State

    The Kansas State defense was lit up last week by a West Virginia offense that had their way all game. Texas will look to carry over their offensive momentum into Manhattan as the Wildcats try to find a way to string together some stops. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Kansas State defense: Defensive Line Kansas State sorely misses the presence of Will Geary, who graduated after being a 3-year starter and a premiere run stuffer in the Big 12. Without Geary, the Wildcats are allowing chunk yardage in the run game. DE Reggie Walker is probably the most talented defensive lineman of the bunch, but the junior is having a relatively quiet year with only 1 sack. The Wildcats defensive line is not talented enough to get to the quarterback with 3 and 4 man rushes, but they will likely be content to drop 7 and 8 in coverage and force Texas to dink and dunk their way down the field. Where the Longhorns can really do damage is running between the tackles. If there is a game for the offensive line to show they have truly made big strides, this is it. Linebacker Texas native and former Trinity Valley Community College standout Da’Quan Patton is the leading tackler on the Wildcats defense with 22. Sam Sizelove and Elijah Sullivan are your typical hard nosed Kansas State linebackers, but both can be exploited when left out in space. Defensive Back Duke Shelley has started over 30 games in his career at CB and is one of the most reliable corners in the Big 12, but his height is something Texas can take advantage of. The Longhorns offensive staff would love to match up the 6’6 Collin Johnson against the 5’11 Shelley. On the opposite end of the field, AJ Parker is still finding his way as a starter and was lit up by Will Grier last week. Safeties Denzel Goolsby and Kendall Adams are experienced, but that is about it. Goolsby is a former wide receiver who is still finding his way as a defensive back.
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    Offensive Preview: Kansas State

    It has been an odd year for Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats, who sit at 2-2 heading into Saturday’s matchup against Texas. The Kansas State offense has been embarrassed by the two most competitive teams on their schedule so far — Mississippi State and West Virginia. The Wildcats have been unable to move the ball or put points up on the board. Things are so bad that Snyder called out his players after last Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. Despite all the struggles, the Wildcats seem to always play their best game when Texas comes to town. The Longhorns have not won in Manhattan since 2002, so the opportunity is there for the taking as Texas looks to start 2-0 in Big 12 play. Let’s take a look at the Kansas State offense: Quarterback The Wildcats entered fall camp with two capable quarterbacks in Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton. Thompson ultimately got the starting nod the first 4 games of the season, but that will change on Saturday. It is expected that Delton will take over and try to spark an offense that mustered only 6 points against West Virginia last weekend. Delton is no stranger to Texas players or fans. The junior ran for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns in relief of Jesse Ertz in Austin a year ago. His running ability gave Texas fits, but his ability as a passer leaves a lot to be desired. In 31 pass attempts so far in 2018, Delton is completing 48.4% of his passes for 1 touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Long-time offensive coordinator Dana Dimel is now the head coach at UTEP, so Kansas State has been breaking in new play-caller Andre Coleman. The Wildcats offensive philosophy has remained largely intact. They love the QB run and will test defenses heavily on their ability to fill gaps and play assignment football. Running Back Alex Barnes handles the majority of the work at running back. Barnes is in his second year as the full time starter after rushing for over 800 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. Through 4 games in 2018, Barnes has totaled 277 yards on the ground and 1 touchdown. His running style is reflective to the Kansas State style of play: patient, methodical and solid between the tackles. Wide Receiver If Kansas State chooses to test Texas through the air, it will almost assuredly be to Dalton Schoen or Isaiah Zuber. Schoen torched Texas for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last year’s matchup in Austin and gave the Longhorns a defense a lot of trouble out of the slot. Zuber leads the team in receptions so far this season with 24 and was the go-to target for Skylar Thompson. He has very good hands and the offensive staff for Kansas State does an excellent job of getting him mismatches. With an increased emphasis being put on the quarterback run game, Schoen will see a lot more targets in the short passing game. Offensive Line Despite returning all 5 starters from 2017, the Wildcats have allowed 15 sacks through 4 games, good enough for 125th amongst FBS teams. Tackles Dalton Risner and Scott Frantz are NFL caliber players, but the unit has a whole has been downright awful. Bill Snyder’s decision to make quarterback change is his attempt to try to spark the entire offense. Delton’s ability as a runner should help an offensive line that is struggling to win the battle in the trenches.
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    The Good, The bad and The Ugly: TCU

    For the second straight week, Texas physically outplayed a ranked opponent. The Longhorns opened Big 12 play with a 31-16 win over TCU. Similar to last week, the win featured a lot of good and not a lot of bad, but let’s take a look at some takeaways from an impressive victory over the Horned Frogs: The Good The Secondary Entering Saturday’s contest, there were a lot of questions about how the Texas secondary would hold up against a TCU passing attack that featured several talented playmakers. The Longhorns defensive backs ended up surrendering only 197 passing yards to Shawn Robinson, and came away with three interceptions. Kris Boyd, Brandon Jones, Caden Sterns and Devante Davis all had big moments. Sterns in particular continues to shine as a freshman, recording both interceptions and playing well in run support. Boyd and Davis each had a few plays they would like to forget, but the duo played well overall. Collin Johnson It is no secret that Collin Johnson has the skill set to take over games at the receiver position, but #9 turned in one of his most memorable performances in a Texas uniform. Johnson recorded his 3rd 100+ yard game in his career, finishing the night with 7 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. In addition to his big game catching the ball, Johnson also had a huge block to help spring Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s game-clinching 38-yard touchdown reception in the 4th quarter. Johnson’s talent has never been in question, but Saturday’s performance proves that the junior can be a matchup nightmare and has what it takes to be Sam Ehlinger’s #1 receiver. Turnover-Free Sam For the third consecutive game, Sam Ehlinger played a turnover-free game. Don’t look now, but the sophomore has now thrown 8 touchdown passes compared to just 2 interceptions. Tom Herman commented after the game that a lot of Ehlinger’s progress is due to the offensive staff calling plays he is comfortable with and not asking him to do too much. There may not be a play that describes Ehlinger’s development more than his touchdown pass to Humphrey, where Ehlinger stood in the pocket, thought about bailing, but took a few steps back before finding Humphrey over the middle of the field. The Bad Slow Start In 3 of the 4 games for the Longhorns this season, their opponent has scored on their first possession. Yesterday, the Horned Frogs drove down the field with relative ease before having to settle for 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Song. Although the sample size is still relatively small, the Texas defense needs to do a better job of settling down early in games and not letting their opponents draw first blood. Short Yardage Situations Facing a 4th and 1 in the second quarter, Texas did something that I haven’t seen since 2016: playing under center. The result? A pitch play on the short side of the field to Daniel Young that resulted in the loss of a yard. In real time, I agreed with the decision to go for it, but the play call and personnel that matched it were very questionable. It didn’t end up hurting Texas in the long run, but the offensive coaching staff needs to do a better job of sticking with what makes sense. The Ugly Special Teams A week after nailing all 3 of his field goal attempts, Cameron Dicker came back down to Earth by making only 1 of 3 field goals, missing very badly on his final attempt. Ryan Bujcevski averaged 39 yards on 5 punt attempts, but it is obvious that Tom Herman does not have a ton of confidence in his punter. Herman chose not to re-kick following an offsides penalty on a punt, likely because he didn’t want to risk a possible block or a shank from the freshman. D’Shawn Jamison made a mistake on during a kickoff return, bringing out a kick that went 3 yards into the endzone, resulting in a short return and a holding penalty, forcing Texas to start a drive at their own 5. Special teams mistakes have not cost Texas a game to this point in the year, but if the Longhorns plan on competing for a Big 12 title, they must make corrections.